Swimming across Lake Lácar has become one of the most popular sports events in San Martín during the summer.
Everybody knows about the beauty of the Patagonian lakes, especially those resting on the mountain range along the so-called 7-Lake Corridor. It is amazing to behold them and to sail their quiet crystal-clear cold waters. Now, daring to swim across them is a totally different matter. In the City of San Martín de los Andes, this particular aquatic deed has been practiced ever since 1985 in the scenery of Lake Lácar. It is clear that the mountain range sun, which heats the beaches in the summer, is one of the factors encouraging both residents and visitors to dare to swim across the water body.
This idea was fostered by the Physical Education professor and lifeguard Mario Vegazzi, who swam across the lake from Catritre Beach to La islita (the Little Island), both very well-known areas in the lake- on Christmas 1985. Escorted by two friends on a canoe, Mario managed to complete the circuit successfully without any previous training.
Level of Difficulty: high.
Recommendations: If you do not feel intimidated by the cold water and wish to enjoy this adventure, just a little training and acquired swimming technique will do to take part in this experience. Contact the organizing committee to request the regulations and enrolment form. The event will take place on February 11, at 12pm.
Contact: Comité organizador Cruce a nado del lago Lácar
(8370) San Martín de los Andes, Neuquén, Argentina Tel: +54 2972-410248
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