A adventure by bike which requires low physical effort and joins the cities of San Martín de los Andes and Villa La Angostura through National Route 40.
Argentinean Philosopher José Ingenieros once said, defining an idealist,
“ Not everyone goes into raptures over a sunset, dream in front of dawn or shiver in a tempest, neither enjoy walking with Dante, laughing with Molière, shiver with Shakespeare, rustle with Wagner or is speechless in front of the David”.We think that “riding Siete Lagos Road by bike;“ can be included in this list since he finishes the idea saying that “ An ideal is a gesture of the spirit to perfection”
This is why , if you are a fan of nature, you cannot miss this ideal excursion since it is only 112 kilometers long , along National Route 40 which links San Martín de los Andes City with Villa La Angostura. There are no huge demands regarding fitness or previous experience. Watch out! You must never go alone!
We advise you to take four days to enjoy the landscape .
Before departing, check that everything is OK ( well inflated wheels for the first section of the route- concrete - and weight balanced in two bags); check also that you do not miss anything : helmet - essential- , small igloo, rain suit, heater and first-aid kit.
It is essential to take food for each and every day. There are some shops along the route ( in Hermoso Lake, Villarino Lake and Correntoso Lake ) but they may not be open as you pass by.
All the excitement starts at Lácar Lake but, please, do not let the first 15 kilometers let you down since they go up and worn you out. This is just the first effort that will take you to Partido Stream ( Split ) where there is a lot of water waiting for you.
From there onwards, there are many up and down slopes and once you pass Hermoso Stream by ( 27 km away from San Martín ), you will reach green Machónico Lake.
You must have cycled for some hours and you must be quite tired, but you must still make an effort to finish up your day. Eight kilometers away from Machónico Lake, you will find a road to your right leading to Hermoso Lake. This will be the first stop to sleep in a tent immersed in a wild atmosphere in front of the lake. Unforgettable !
A adventure by bike
Requires low physical effort
The landscape is incredible
The drops in the road are great fun!
You should get up early and have a good breakfast ( cereals, fruits, etc. ) on the following day because you will have to go on cycling. Up and down slopes will take you to km number 45 where two wonderful lakes are located opposite each other - Falkner and Villarino. This is where Lanin National Park finishes and Nahuel Huapi National Park starts. It is worth stopping and enjoying the excellent view.
There are camping sites which are very well organised with grills, bathrooms and whatever is necessary to enjoy nature. You can stop here if you want but you can also go on.
A bit forward, you will get to Escondido Lake which deserves being described as spectacular. Surrounded by vegetation, water is quite far down the route. There is a prominent down slope which is not good for bikes.
You will now enjoy the highest flow of adrenalin. A great slope takes you down through bends from Escondido Lake to Pichi Traful Lake ( Northern branch of Traful Lake ) where you must stop for the second time on a wild place by the river. There is a Forest Ranger here. You must rest properly since the following day will be a bit hard.Read complete Outing... Pablo Etchevers / Eduardo Epifanio
Espejo Chico Lake is ideal to have lunch. There is a camping site and a shop on the verge of it. The landscape invites you to have a rest but you must not stop too long since you still have to ride a long way.
Departing from the Correntoso is quite as difficult as departing from Lácar Lake. The members of the group must encourage each other in order not to give up.
One hour of effort ahead, you will get to Espejo Lake. There is also a camping site here.
But you will still have strengh to go on and find what you were looking for.
There are few sensations like seeing the signal that reads: to your right, Chile and to your left, La Angostura. You are near your target.
Lake Nahuel Huapi appears and accompanies you on the right road shoulder. You will find it hard to believe you are cycling with this great view. You will not be tired, just slopes going up and down at a good speed ( 55 km/ h ).
A few minutes ahead , you will get to La Angostura- a small town which is perfectly ready to receive you with a huge hug.
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