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Mapuche New Year
The Argentinian-Chilean native communities have an ancient tradition: they celebrate the beginning of the new year on June 24.
Chapelco Mount (in the winter)
Almost until mid-Spring, this winter resort offers an unforgettable ski season, with lots of sunshine, excellent snow quality and first-class services.
Snowshoeing at Las Pendientes
Snow covered forests keep many secrets. Snowshoeing on the deep snow of its trails is a great way to discover them.
On a Sled Pulled by Dogs at Mount Chapelco
We toured the majestic lenga forest at Mount Chapelco on a sled pulled by dogs. A fantastic adventure on the snow both for adults and children.
Snowshoeing on the Snows of Chapelco
Snowshoeing through the lenga forest in Chapelco is an enjoyable alternative to experience the mountain off the ski trails.
Not only is snowshoeing wonderful but also easy to enjoy by anyone willing to practice it.
Chapelco's Tetrathlon is the most representative sports dispute in San Martín de los Andes. It combines four disciplines: ski, running, mountain biking and kayaking.
Restaurants in San Martín de los Andes
The gastronomic options in the downtown area offer high quality and assistance and their dishes please expert palates.
San Martín on the Redbus
The classic sightseeing tour around the city is carried out on board a coquettish London bus that shows the features and the essence of the city and spectacular views of the surroundings.
San Martín Square, Craftsmen Year Round
In the winter and the summer, the craftsmen’s market surrounding the main square becomes a traditional and colorful tour.
The Seven Lakes Route
A circuit that enables visitors to get deep into the most intimate sceneries of the Patagonian nature. A zigzagging tour, specially thought for the family, that shows all the magic of the area.
Siete Lagos by bike
This is an ideal excursion since it is only 112 kilometers long along Nº 234 Provincial Route which links San Martín de los Andes City with La Angostura Village.
Route to Chile through Mamuil Malal
This international pass joins the Argentinian and Chilean lake districts and presents similar natural features to both sides of the border in a very amusing tour.
On the Way to the Hua Hum Pass
We went along the route leading to the Hua Hum international pass and passed by amazing spots featuring the lush vegetation typical of the Valdivian forest.
Towards The Border Across The Hua Hum Pass
An amusing tour towards the Chilean lakes that includes navigation across Lake Pirihueico, with beautiful mountain range sceneries.
To Chile through Cardenal Samoré Pass
We crossed towards Chile through the Cardenal Samoré Pass. During the tour, we had a look from every natural vantage point in the pre-Andes.
The View from Arrayán Vantage Point
The Arrayán vantage point is one of the most beautiful and best located panoramic sites in the city. Easily accessed and close to the downtown area, it features excellent views of town and Lake Lácar.
First Settlers' Museum
The First Settlers Museum preserves part of the cultural richness of the first communities dwelling the mountain range region.
Yesterday, Lácar Hotel; Today, Young Cuisine
Reminiscent of the old mountain village, Doña Quela Restaurant preserves its original atmosphere and adds up a menu containing young dishes with very Patagonian flavors.
Che Museum La Pastera
A simple and dynamic museum shows us the very controversial figure of an Argentinian-born revolutionary adopted by Cuba and known as Che Guevara.
Motorbikes, license plates and other collections
A very unusual museum displays vintage two and four wheel vehicles; valuable items manufactured in Argentina and abroad.
Fish Capture and Breeding Station
The salmonidae species from Lake Lácar are preserved at the Fish Capture and Breeding Station in the city. NOT WORKING AT THE MOMENT.
San Martín de los Andes City Beach
A visit to the new Lake Lácar waterfront is a must as its dynamic distribution offers a nice beach and all nautical activities a few blocks away from the downtown.
Beaches on the Lácar: Catritre and Quila Quina
Catritre and Quila Quina are two of the most popular beaches in the summer. Resting on the shores of the Lácar, both alternatives let visitors enjoy the lake till sunset.
This is a new destination for tourists but a spectacular place to stay, whether on vacations or any long weekend marked by the calendar.
De mochilero por la ruta de 7 Lagos
Experimentar el contacto con las montañas, la orilla de los lagos y el aire puro son posibilidades que la Patagonia regala a quienes cargan la mochila y salen a acampar.
Cuisine Tips Overlooking Lake Lácar
We attended an amusing chef gathering in a paradisiacal spot, ideal for good gourmet cuisine. It included the tasting of excellent wines grown in Neuquén.
Ku de Los Andes Steak House and Restaurant
Eating out at a tourist destination is always a challenge. When visitors come back to the same restaurant, it means food quality is good and they are pleased to repeat such experience.
Across Paso Córdoba
The already famous Paso Córdoba is a magnificent tour used as an alternative to the 7-Lake Road. Ideal for those who like captivating sceneries.
On a Motorbike around San Martín
On a motorbike, we resolved to see the surroundings of San Martín de los Andes. Here are some alternatives to visit on two wheels.
A Section of the Andean Track
Hiking is a mountain sport that is gaining more and more followers. New itineraries go across the forests of northern Andean Patagonia.
Rafting: ¿dónde?, ¿cómo?
Varios ríos de la región son escenario de una de las actividades de recreación más entretenida de la Patagonia: el rafting.
Rafting in Hua-Hum River
We crossed the Andes on board a rubber boat that led us through the Valdivian forest. Rapids, pools and fun with the family took hold of the moment.
Tour around Lakes Curruhué Grande and Chico
We toured around the central area of the Lanín National Park and enjoyed the lakes, mountains and volcanoes landscape.
Trekking at Colorado Hill
We left San Martín de los Andes through National Route 234 heading for Junín de los Andes and got to a fork next to the site known as the Virgin of the Mountain, where we turned left into National Route 48 (made of gravel).
Zip-lining on Chapelco
Canopy invites everyone to fly like a bird above a forest made up of lengas at the Chapelco Mountain Range and to experience brand-new sensations, both during the summer and in the snowy winter.
Secret Ñivinco Cascade
Very close to the traditional roads we find the wonderful Ñivinco Waterfalls, which confirm that every forest hides some mystery to be unveiled.
Swimming across Lake Lácar
Swimming across Lake Lácar has become one of the most popular sports events in San Martín during the summer.
Towards La Islita
Lying close to the shores of Lake Lácar, a tiny island is the main attraction at a beach considered a meeting point for young people to sunbathe and gather with friends.
Motocross in San Martín de los Andes
Motocross is present in San Martín de los Andes, and it is good motocross indeed. The Patagonian regional motocross championship is enjoyed at this location every year in October.
The Challenge to Climb the Lanín Volcano
Ascent of one of the most attractive, mythical and challenging Andean massifs in Patagonia. An unforgettable experience to explore oneself.
Lakes Paimún and Huechulafquen, a Tour
We visited one of the wonderful nooks of the area: Lakes Huechulafquen and Paimún. During the tour, we visited the district of Junín de los Andes, the Chimehuín River and we spotted the Lanín Volcano.
Huechulafquen Lake Outing
An outing on the José Julián is the only way to reach the secretive corners of Lakes Huechulafquen and Epulafquen.
Lake Machónico with Oars
Lake Machónico shows off its best outfit for us to slide softly over the waters on a rowing boat.
A Rodeo Day
An exceptional sample of the criollo skills on horseback in a rodeo afternoon within a purely rural environment.
Rafting on the Chimehuin
Seemingly suspended above the river, the boats and their paddlers engage in a race with the current while avoiding small and large rocks.
Sailing lake Lacar
Be it windward or leeward yachtsmen set sail whatever the weather. Sails are a familiar part of the landscape on Lake Lácar.
Rappelling at Bandurrias
Rappelling is one of the most fascinating activities involving rock and the environment while putting our own physical strength to the test.
Cuando en Chapelco es verano
Las hermosas praderas verdes que tapizan las laderas del cerro en verano son pistas ideales para la práctica de actividades tan divertidas como esquiar en invierno.