San Martin de los Andes - Argentina

Activities in San Martin de los Andes, Argentina.

What to do: San Martin de los Andes
Excursion to Cerro Chapelco

Duration: Half Day
Available: All year round

BrBreakfast and departure by Route Nr 234 and then Provincial Route Nr 19 to Cerro Chapelco.
The most important ski centre of Neuquén Province works there. Alpine, cross-country ski and snowboard can be practised. Its skiing surface covers 140 hectares from the base, at 1280 metres above sea level, up to the summit at 1980 metres above sea level. It has 20 tracks and 10 ski lifts can carry 11,600 skiers per hour.
From the ski centre base, an exceptional panorama can be observed, with Argentinian and Chilean peaks as well as the Lanín Volcano. During summer, this centre becomes a place for non-conventional tourist disciplines such as climbing, mountain bike, paragliding, trekking, horse riding and golf among others. Return to San Martín de los Andes by Provincial Route Nr 19. During the journey, Arrayan Watchtower and Centenario Natural Reserve can be visited.
Arrival at hotel.

Excursion to Huechulafquen Lake and Lanín Volcano

Duration: Full Day
Available: September to April

Breakfast and departure by National Route Nr 234 from San Martín de Los Andes and Provincial Route Nr 61, going in north-west direction of Chimehuín river (in Mapuche language “place where the great cat lives”) which runs on the right. Afterwards, we will arrive at the east end of Huehulafquen Lake, the gateway to Lanín National Park, where Chimehuín river starts. It is a major attraction internationally known as one of the most famous fishing spots of the Patagonia. At this place, Cañicul and Raquitué Mapuche Communities. More...

Excursion to Quila Quina

Duration: Half Day
Available: All year round

Breakfast and departure by National Route Nr 234 to Quilla Quina village. This beach is located on the left bank of Lácar Lake. Its vegetation makes it highly attractive. Water sports can be performed in its waters, and it has organised camping. We will enjoy the landscape till noon, when we get back to San Martin de Los Andes.

Places to visit in the city

• The Municipal Secretary of Tourism, the Intendency of the National Park Lanín, the Museum of the Pioneers and the Church San José, where a reproduction of the Sacred Shroud is exhibited in natural size.
• The city in itself is a beautiful walk for the construction of its typical housings of mountain, the trade of crafts and the possibility of converging to restaurants, pubs and coffee shops.

To Bandurrias balcony

leaving by the national route #234 until the monument to the Virgin of the Mountain. There you take to the left by the provincial route #48 to the access portal to the National Park Lanín and after traveling 4 kilometers you’ll find on the left a deviation that takes to the mirador located 800 meters high. From there one can observe the lake Lácar, the hills Abanico, Vizcacha, Comandante Díaz, Curruhuinca, Sabana and the Stone of Trompul. This trip can be carried out on foot if you take the path that begins in the last pedestrian crossing of the stream Pocahullo, before its outlet in the lake Lacar.

To Arrayan balcony and Centenario Natural Reserve

leaving from the Port of San Martín de los Andes, with the lake to the right, you arrives to a bifurcation of roads where it is the monument to the General Rudecindo Roca, founder of San Martín de los Andes. Take to the left there and just 3 kilometers ahead is the deviation that leads to the mirador Arrayán. To 100 meters from the mirador is the Natural Reservation Centenario. From this sector of the hill Comandante Díaz is obtained a beautiful panoramic view of the city of San Martín de los Andes and the lake Lácar.

To Catrire Beach

leaving San Martín de los Andes by the national route #234 toward the Southwest after 4 kilometers is the access to this beach located on the south bank of the lake Lácar. It is very visited in summer, because it is surrounded of forests and their waters are capable for the practice of nautical sports. It has a coffee shop and organized camping site.

To the lakes Meliquina and Filo Hua Hum

by the national route #234 skirting the lake Lácar by the south margin after traveling 30 kilometers when crossing the bridge on the river Hermoso, take the deviation toward Paso Córdoba. From this bifurcation by the provincial route #63 to 6 kilometers is the lake Meliquina, 8 kilometers long and very good fishing. Continuing by this route toward Paso Córdoba (you also arrive to Confluencia Traful) it opens up a road to the right by which you consents to the lake Filo Hua Hum. These two lakes are surrounded of forested hills where the coihues and cypresses are plentiful.

To Lolog lake

to arrive at this lake it is necessary to take the provincial route #62 and to travel 12 kilometers toward the north. The lake Lolog has very good fishing and in its oriental end the river Quilquihue is born that some kilometers ahead overturn their waters to the river Chimehuín.

To Hua Hum International Pass

it is necessary to leave San Martín de los Andes by the national route #234 toward Junín de los Andes until the monument to the Virgin of the Mountain. There you take the provincial route #48 and after 8 kilometers the pampas of the Trompul is crossed, where the stone of the same name is. 20 kilometers ahead you arrive to the Sectional Yuco of the National Park Lanín. In that place there is a free camping site, it is admitted the fishing and they can be practiced nautical sports. To 12 kilometers of Yuco you arrive to La Angostura, union of the lakes Lácar and Nonthué, where the river Hua Hum is born that takes its waters to the Ocean Pacific. If we continue by the route #48 we arrive to the International Step Hua Hum, the lowest in the whole Mountain range of the Andes, but to continue traveling through Chile it is necessary to cross the lake Pirihueico in a ferry. Crossing the bridge on the river Hua Hum (excellent for the rafting) after traveling 1,200 meters take a deviation to the right and 500 more meters to the left it is connected with the access to the cascade Chachín. A fall of water of 30 meters encased between rocks and abundant vegetation. This whole area is very humid, such it is so Hua Hum it means “humid or rainy place” and/or “hole in the roof.” This is another of the trips that can be carried out embarked leaving from the port of San Martín de los Andes.


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