The long summer days offer the chance to make the most of the lake shores for hours and to stay there until the temperature and the sunlight finally decrease.
In San Martín de los Andes, like in all districts in Patagonia, no summer is like the previous one. However, there is one constant factor: when the weather is hot, the best way out is to put on a swim suit, to arrange a snack in a basket and to set out for the beach. The most traditional destinations, though their distance from the downtown differs, are Catritre and Quila Quina.
Catritre is the gathering point for young people and families that get there by car, by bike or on foot. Many people choose to walk the five kilometers to and from this beach just to exercise and behold the magnificent landscape.
There is a special area for swimming where children may enjoy the water free of any danger. In the meantime, adults may sunbathe and let their eyes wander around the lake searching for watercrafts and splashes caused by the brave ones who dare to plunge. Behind the beach made of sand and pebbles, there is a shady strip of land and a coffee place where people may buy beer. There are two camping areas run by the Mapuche Curruhuinca community.
Level of Difficulty: Low
Duration: all day
Recommendations: Getting There:Catritre is reached through Route 40, also known as the Seven-Lake Road. Five kilometers ahead, a sign on the right indicates a steep detour to access the shore. Quila Quina is also reached through Route 40, also known as the Seven-Lake Road. After 6 kilometers, a detour on the right leads to a 12-kilometer long mountain road that ends in the village. Both beaches lie inside Lanín National Park. A parking fee is charged. There is a bus service to Catritre in the summer season. Likewise, this beach has lifeguards, a coffee-house and a convenience store. Lácar Nonthué Shipping Line is in charge of the lake trips to Quila Quina.
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