San Martín de los Andes, a fabulous corner of Argentina

San Martín de los Andes is a small town in the province of Neuquén, in Argentina. It is currently, in fact, one of the most important tourist spots in the area, and even in the country. It is not for less, if you consider that the place is beautiful and offers multiple options for lovers of nature and sports.

It is located on the shores of Lake Lácar and in the middle of 400,000 hectares of forest Andean. This particular location makes it a very popular destination, both in summer and winter. San Martín de los Andes is perfect for those looking for a quiet holiday, but also for adventure addicts.

In addition to that, It is famous for its exquisite gastronomic offer. Several restaurants and hostels that provide Patagonian and international delicacies have been installed in San Martín de los Andes for a couple of decades. There are also many activities to do, for all kinds of tastes.

Lacar Lake

From San Martin de los Andes it is possible to make the so-called Route of the 7 Lakes. It is a fabulous 100 km route between this town and Villa La Angostura. Half of the route is done on a paved road, while the rest of the route is done through a road.

Along the route it is possible to observe 7 fantastic lakes. The first is the Machonico, located 32 kilometers from San Martín de los Andes. Then there are Lake Hermoso and a small lagoon called Pudu Pudu. And a few kilometers away is the Vuligñanco waterfall, in the Nahuel Huapi National Park.

Further ahead are the Falkner and Villarino lakes and you can see the hidden lake, a true natural beauty of intense green color. Next are the Pichi Traful and Correntoso lakes. After crossing an area of ​​forests, you can see the Espejo Chico lake and later the Espejo lake.

Lanin National Park

This national park It has an area of ​​378,000 hectares. It is populated by araucarias and other native species of the region. It also has an extremely varied fauna. In the heights the peak of the Lanín volcano stands out.

San Martín de los Andes is the natural entrance of the Lanín National Park. The place is planted with lakes and lagoons, as well as rivers and streams. They all have crystal clear waters and are a unique delight for the eyes. It is advisable to hire a tour or the services of a guide.

Chapelco Hill - Sat Shoots / Flickr.com

One of the great attractions of the place is the Chapelco hill, located very close to San Martín de los Andes. It is one of the most important ski centers and snowboard in Argentina. In total, it has 29 tracks of all levels and all kinds of services.

In general, the high season starts at the end of June and ends at the end of July. This time coincides with school holidays in Argentina and is the most expensive. The city has an excellent offer of accommodation, many of which are at the foot of the ski slopes.

In the place they have worried about offering alternatives for visitors with special needs. There are ski lessons for people with different abilities, as well as for older adults and children. An ideal place to go alone, as a couple or as a family.

Quila Quina - nicolás / Flickr.com

This is a walk especially suitable for the summer months. Quila Quina is 18 kilometers from San Martín de los Andes, on the southern bank of Lake Lácar. The journey to the place is absolutely charming, set by oak trees and small houses with their wooden fences and fireplaces in the kitchens.

During the road it goes up to 900 meters above sea level, so, as you ascend, you get a fabulous view of the mountain range and the lake. On the side of the road you can find artisans who offer their products to travelers.

Villa Quila Quina is owned by the Mapuches. The best way to walk it is on foot. There is a fabulous spa, with extensive beaches and incredible views. And there are several small craft stalls where you can buy local art pieces.

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