San Martin de Los Andes Travel
San Martin de Los Andes is a fantastic Lake District destination; an alternative to Bariloche for those who prefer a more relaxed scene.
The Lake District is Argentina’s adventure playground, and San Martin de Los Andes is one of the top places to base yourself while here. This small town lies 100km north of popular Bariloche and is part of the Seven Lakes Route, connecting the key destinations of this region by road. So whether you drive or cycle it, you can be guaranteed stunning scenery at every turn.
San Martin nestles right next to the beautiful Lacar Lake, within the breathtaking Lanín National Park which is home to a volcano of the same name. Indeed, the backdrop of this Lake District town is quite something. The lake and mountains give way to rivers and Araucaria forests that beg to be explored, whether hiking, biking, horse riding or climbing; perhaps taking to the water in a kayak or white-water raft. Come winter, skiing takes over as resorts like Chapelco provide snowy pistes to carve your way down, the pubs and restaurants of San Martin waiting to reward you at the end of the day.
Whatever time of the year you decide to explore San Martin de Los Andes, you can’t help but be captivated by its pristine landscapes. There’s a decidedly Alpine feel here, with wood-clad cabins making up much of the town and a charming, laidback ambience permeating through it all.
Waterways snake their way through the fairytale scenery here, including the gushing Chimehuin River where you can go rafting over grade III rapids – adventure-seekers take note!
There’s also plenty of opportunities for fishing, with salmon and trout in abundance here in Sand Martin de Los Andes’ surrounds. You might find yourself picking up a catch or two for dinner!
Seven Lakes Route
A road trip along this 100km route is backed by jaw-dropping scenery, unfolding through the national parks of Lanín and Nahuel Huapi. It’s a great way to explore both Bariloche and San Martin de Los Andes in one epic trip.