Yuco, Nonthué, the Hua Hum River and the Chachin waterfall are part of a natural environment that anticipates the Valdivian forest on the Chilean side of the border.
All the roads surrounding beautiful San Martín de los Andes lead to delightful nooks of the Lanín National Park. Going to the Hua Hum international pass, the bends of Lake Lácar give origin to small beaches. The mountain range nooks and the vegetation which gets more and more diverse invite visitors to an amusing tour before crossing into Chile.
The tour starts at the junction of Provincial Route 48 and National Route 234, quite near the town center. The pavement ends at this point to give way to a gravel road. Only three kilometers away, lies the access to the Bandurrias vantage point, the first stop to take one of the best panoramic pictures of the city. Back on the road, the Trompul Rock may be spotted 10 kilometers ahead. This is a magnificent huge rock isolated from the rest of the formations. At sunset, the last sunbeams help viewers make out the profile of a face carved by nature.
Leaving the rock behind, there is detour leading to Yuco 14 kilometers ahead. This beach, whose name means “a place away from everything” in the Mapuche tongue, is one of the most beautiful sandy beaches on Lake Lácar, with rocks sticking out of the water from where visitors dive into the crystal-clear waters and a leafy forest made up by raulíes, coihues and myrtle trees, all of them typical of the Valdivian rainforest.
Level of Difficulty: intermediate
Duration: all day
Recommendations: Nonthué is one of the best camping areas on the Lácar. Easily accessed, it features all the basic services and a quiet beach, ideal to spend a few days.
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Along a few kilometers, we enjoyed the impressive nature, the forests thickening and the greenness becoming more and more intense as we advanced.