Lake & mountain
During summertime, several water sports can be practised at Lago Lácar, like kayaking, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing... During winter, skiing is the most popular sport. And of course you can practise hiking, trekking, fishing, climbing... and even having a nap!
Durante el verano, varios deportes acuáticos se practican en el Lago Lácar, como kayak, canotaje, vela, windsurf... Durante el invierno, el esquí es el deporte más popular. Y por supuesto se pueden hacer excursiones, trekking, pesca, montañismo... ¡e incluso dormir la siesta!
Quintu-purai, that means "eight brothers" (I do not know why I explain this... everybody here speaks mapuche!) is a beautiful and quiet place at the lakeside of Lago Correntoso; some mapuches live here. The drizzly morning I visited this place, I ate there a couple of delicious "tortas fritas" (fried cakes). This place is another possible stop along the Seven Lakes Road.
Quintu-purai, que significa "ocho hermanos" (no sé por qué explico esto... ¡todo el mundo aquí habla mapuche!) es un bello y tranquilo paraje a orillas del Lago Correntoso; algunos mapuches viven aquí. La lluviosa mañana que visité este lugar, comí un par de deliciosas tortas fritas. Este lugar es otra parada posible de la Ruta de los Siete Lagos.
SAN MARTIN DE LOS ANDES - NORTHERN PATAGONIA
" Hidden Unspoiled Paradise "
San Martin de los Andes is located on the shores of Lake Lacar, inside the Lanin National Park, in the Province of Neuquen, Argentina, 25 miles away from the Chilean border. It has a population of 20,000 and due to its mild weather, the place was originally a Mapuche settlement located among hills and protected from severe snowfalls and winds. The area is known by the peace and quietness provided by the large extension of green land and the 400.000 hectares of the Lanin National Park.
San Martin has a complete infrastructure for lodging and eating, with a wide variety of prices that meet the expectations of both sophisticated and low-budget travelers. Hotels, appart-hotels and inns are located downtown while cottages are usually located in the outskirts, surrounded by the magnificent natural environment. There are many small and charming restaurants, specialized in the cooking of trout, venison, wild pig and fondue, where these and other regional dishes can be tasted. Also, there are many tea houses where all sort of cakes and pastry are served accompanied by regional fruit marmalades. Local crafts and delicious homemade chocolates are other attractions for which this mountain paradise is well known.
The main attractions of this area are based on spectacular landscapes and the variety of activities available all year round. Outdoor enthusiasts will find the best settings and conditions to enjoy winter sports, climbing, moutain biking, rafting, trekking, climbing and adventure travel amidst the magnificent natural environment of mountains, streams, lakes and native forest. Hunting, fishing and camping are regulated by the Lanin National Park.
During the summertime, many isolated rivers and lakes are the paradise to the most demanding fishermen that came down from all over the world to practice this sport in all its forms: spinning, trolling and fly casting. The quality of trouts, both brown and rainbow species is remarkable. You can also enjoy both the mountains and the beach as the sun warms the lake with its incredibly transparent water making it perfect for many water sports.
In Winter, Chapelco ski resort, located 9 miles away from town, with its modern lifts and its great variety of runs, fulfills the expectations of avid skiers. The trails allows to slide down the mountains among aged "lengas" trees surrounded by the beautiful landscape of Lake Lacar and the massive Cordillera de los Andes. (Check my ?Skiing in Argentina? travelogue)
Several Mapuche Indian reservations and ranches allow tourists to spend a day in the countryside and to learn about the cultural legacy of the Indians that lived in the region - their language, customs, handcrafts and religion - an experience of a lifetime.
In 1898, General Rudecindo Roca, arrived to the valley of lake L?car and founded the village of San Mart?n de los Andes, after an agreement made with the local aborigines that used to spend the cold winter there and were leaded by Cacique Curruhuinca.
In those years, communications and commerce were easier with Chile navigating across the lakes rather than horseriding for long journey to other cities in Argentina.
With the creation of the Lanin National Park in 1937 the life of this village changed substantially thanks to new roads and the increase of tourism in the area. This trend has been dramatically strengthened during the last decade which turned SMA into one of the fastest growing towns in the country.
Between the lake and the mountain
San Martín de los Andes is a beautiful town situated by Lago Lácar, among the mountains, in Province of Neuquén; an awesome landscape is the frame of a cosy and well-kept town, attractive ski centre during winter, attractive water sports centre during summer, attractive all year long!
San Martín de los Andes es una bella ciudad situada a orillas del Lago Lácar, rodeada de montañas, en la Provincia del Neuquén; un impresionante paisaje es el marco de esta ciudad pequeña y bien cuidada, atractivo centro de esquí en el invierno, atractivo centro de deportes acuáticos en el verano... ¡atractivo todo el año!
There are suppose to be 7 lakes between San Martin de los Andes and San Carlos de Bariloche. Maybe there are, but if you add the lagoons big enough to be lakes, maybe there are more.
Anyhow, the landscapes are amazing. The mountains, the lakes... everything.
Me at the Villarino Lake. Don't know the name of the mountain on the back, but I'll find out.
Beautiful lake, beautiful mountains, beautiful surroundings and not so beautiful people at the Espejo Lake
The Espejo Lake
Machonco Lake, the first lake from San Martin to Bariloche
A more "artistic" picture of the Machonco lake
And last, but not least, the Nahuel Huapi Lake, the biggest one. The most incredible too, since it's a irregular lakes, with lots of bays, fjords and islands. More pictures on my San Carlos de Bariloche page.