La Islita is reached after hiking along sandy trails and demanding slopes across the forest and the territory dwelled by the Mapuche community.
When allowed by the weather, an amusing tour is accessed from downtown San Martín de los Andes: hiking across Bandurrias Hill towards the site known as La Islita in the area of Trompul. Visitors may spend the day there or else, camp.
Starting at the lakeshore, hikers cross the bridge on Juez del Valle Street over Pocahullo Creek. A few meters away, several trails converge at the same point. We chose one of the lower ones which offered plenty of shade. Carrying our backpacks, we could feel the effort but we moved on in the knowledge that it was worth it.
After a stop under the trees, we resumed our pace up to the barrier where the members of the Curruhuinca community charged us the access. From that point onwards, we had the option to continue up to La Islita or to go to the Bandurrias Viewpoint, an incredible panoramic balcony with two different views: one towards the city and the coast of Lake Lácar with its pier, boats and beach and the other one towards the vastness of the mountain range and the lake, which seems endless.
Level of Difficulty: Low
Duration: 4 hours
Recommendations: The total distance of the hiking tour starting at the downtown is 5 kilometers. This place may be also reached by car. To do so, take the road leading to Hua Hum and turn left towards the Bandurrias Viewpoint. This is a Mapuche route known as paraje Trompul and 7 kilometers need to be covered. Visitors must park their car and descend to the beach on foot. Access is charged by the community. There are different rates for pedestrians, cars and bicycles. Pack warm clothes, insect repellent, water and supplies.
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Both Argentinian and foreign sports people take part in this demanding trial and are supported by the entire town while immersed in a festive environment.