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SAN MARTIN DE LOS ANDES - General information

Excursions: Quila Quina | Mirador Arrayán (view point) | Cerro Chapelco (Hill) | Hua Hum | Lagos Lolog, Curruhué, Chico y Grande (lakes), Termas de Epulafquen (hot springs)

 

Quila Quina

Quila Quina

Quila Quina

APPROACH ROAD: 234 National Route, tarmacked towards Villa La Angostura. And diversion 108 National Route, 12 km pebble road. (not suitable for motor homes).

You can also reach this place by boat (30 minutes)

ATTRACTIONS: Beach, Mapuche Community, cave paintings, Aº Grande (Big Stream) cascade, "El Cipresal" interpretation path, Escondido Lake.

ACTIVITIES: walks, water activities, nature interpretation, trekking, mountain bike, swimming, camping activities, 4x4 circuits, fishing.

SERVICES: Snack bar, horse renting, boats and 'hovercraft bikes' renting, Mapuche crafts sale and berries, 'organized camping' (with shop that sells food and basic products).

SEASON: all year (winter: subject to weather conditions)

TOTAL TRACK: 36 Km.

DESCRIPTION

Taking 234 National Route ("De los Siete Lagos"), which goes along Lácar Lake. On its South bank, at 4 km, on the right, we find the diversion that allows the first approach to the lake, Cartrite Beach: it is a sandy beach with a slight difference in level and has all the services of an organised camping, including a bar and a restaurant. 2 km ahead there is a path inside the Roble Pellin wood. For the next 12 km. of winding way and a huge ascent at the beginning of the route, you will be able to admire an unforgettable landscape: sheeps and goats grazing, mapuche homes with their vegetable gardens and farmyards and, towards the end of the way there are the white beaches on Lákar Lake. Once in the Village you will find sumptuous summer houses around the whole area. As from the tourist crafts quay a white sandy bay extends. It is perfectly buoyed so that the visitor can enjoy the beaches. There is a path that lets the visitor tour the peninsula by car. However, it is advisable to go on foot so that you can also enjoy the paths that take you to the Saltos del Arroyo Grande (Big Stream's falls), the small rural school, "El Cipresal" interpretation path or the innumerable places where nature shows itself fully. The campsite is found at the other side of the Aº Grande (Big Stream).


Mirador Arrayán

Mirador Arrayan
Mirador Arrayan

APPROACH ROAD: 19 Provincial Route, 2.5 km up to 'Sol de los Andes' Hotel and 0.5km pebble road up to diversion on the right towards viewpoint. As from there 1,000 m of pebble road remain up to 'punto panorámico' (viewpoint). Going on along this way 7 km farther, there is a link up with 234 National route (tarmacked) to get back to San Martín de los Andes.

ATTRACTIONS: view point from where you can have a beautiful view of the city and Lácar Lake bank.

ACTIVITIES: walks, nature watching and interpretation, trekking, mountain bike.

SERVICES: tea house and restaurant.

SEASON: all year

TOTAL TRACK: 22 Km.

DESCRIPTION

Departing from S.M.A. centre, along San Martín Av. You arrive at Lácar Lake bank. You turn left up to a way fork: Siete Lagos route is on the right and on the left you go towards 'Sol de los Andes' Hotel. Taking the latter way you go up a route that has 'retamas' and cypresses on both sides. Once you have gone past the Hotel, you turn on the right and enter a wood area, made up of dense vegetation, especially cypresses. During the tour you can have different views of Lácar Lake and part of the city. Later you reach the viewpoint from where you have a full view of the village above the source of the lake. The ARRAYAN tea house and restaurant are opposite this place. In the afternoon, you can taste the excellent home made confectionery of the region or you can have a typical regional cuisine dish in the evening. To go back to the city you go on along the pebble way up to the junction with 234 National Route that goes along Lácar Lake up to the (costanera) bank.

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Cerro Chapelco (Chapelco Hill)

Cerro Chapelco

 

Cerro Chapelco


APPROACH ROAD: 234 National Route (Siete Lagos), 14 km tarmacked up to the diversion. Then, on the left, 5 km pebble road (19 Provincial Route) up to winter centre.

ATTRACTIONS: Pil viewpoint, Chapelco Hill.

ACTIVITIES: downhill skiing, snowboard, paragliding, mountain bike, trekking, 4x4 excursions, swimming, sledge pulled by Husky dogs excursions, snowmobiling tours, horseback ridings, golf, target shooting, etc.

SERVICES: Winter and Summer. Restaurants and tea houses in the different levels. Public phones, parking. Winter and Summer: heated pool. Adventure tourism excursions and activities.

SEASON: all year round

TOTAL TRACK: 34 Km.

DESCRIPTION

You depart going along Lácar Lake, and then you enter Roble Pellín wood, there, there are cypresses and other native species, which are all in the lands that belong to the Mapuche Curruhuinca community. The way continues upwards. 500m before taking a diversion towards the hill, you can have a wonderful view of Lácar Lake from Pil Pil viewpoint, which has a sign that explains what you see. The pebble diversion opens towards the left, and after several bends that go upwards you arrive at the winter centre. Chapelco is one of the most exclusive places in the country, not only because of its modern ski centre, but also because it is turning into the first natural park in Patagonia.

Those who do not ski in winter can take the cable car at station 1250 m (base) to have access to an elevation of 1600 m, from where you can enjoy a beautiful view from the Auntu-Lauquen tea house facilities. You can also visit the Huskies's Wood and tour on sledges pulled by husky dogs inside the 'lengas' wood. For those who love the winter sport, there is a variety of ski slopes of different levels and difficulty, beginners, intermediate and experts. There are also elevation means that let fast access to the ski slopes and to the refuges and tea houses in the different levels. In summer the hill offers other options classified within adventure tourism. There is also a park for children (Parque de los Chicos) so that the youngest can get involved in topics such as ecology and how to protect the environment. To go back to the city it is advisable (and obligatory in winter), to descend taking Puente Blanco, crossing, again, mapuche community lands and going past small streams and flocks of cattle up to 'Sol de los Andes' Hotel and then, you will be able to get to the city.

Hua Hum

HuaHum

APPROACH ROAD: 234 National Route, towards Junín de los Andes (3 km tarmacked). Then diversion by 48 Provincial Route (pebble) to Paso Hua Hum.

ATTRACTIONS: El Balcón viewpoint, Pampa de Trompul, Yuco, Chachin Cascade, Queñi Lake and hot springs, Hua Hum river, Paso a Chile (Passage to Chile)

ACTIVITIES: walks, nature observation and interpretation, horseback riding, trekking, mountain bike, rafting, fishing, sailing activities, camping activities, 4x4 circuits

SERVICES: Restaurant, two country campsites ('campings agrestes, no organizados'), quay, daily boat excursions (departing from the city)

SEASON: all year round

TOTAL TRACK: 94 Km.

DESCRIPTION

At about 5 km away from the junction of 48 Provincial Route and 234 National Route, it is worth stopping at one side and gazing at the city and Lácar Lake from an amazing natural balcony. 10 km farther away you will find Pampa de Trompul. There, you will see a huge rock called "Piedra de Trompul", about which many stories are told. At about 13 km even farther you will find Yuco Peninsula, it is a small bathing resort (balneario) on Lácar Lake with natural beaches and pools, where there is also a park ranger station. As you go ahead the route gets into a wood that becomes denser as you advance. Among others, Pellin Oak, Raulies, Coihue and Colihue cane predominate (all these are native species). 12 km away from Yuco you arrive at an area called La Angostura where Lácar Lake flows into Nonthué. 4 km further ahead you arrive at Hua Hum (humid and/or rainy place or roof whole). It is located on the Nonghué Lake (a place on the way), Hua Hum river's source, which flows into the Pacific Ocean. A restaurant that offers lunch service all year round works here.

Hua Hum River turns into Pirehueico River (water and snow place) on Chilean land and flows into a homonym lake. If you go on along 48 Provincial Route, you cross to Chile through Hua Hum passage, the Andes mountain range's least height. This passage is open all year round. In Chile you should continue the way through a ferry that crosses Pirihueico Lake (ask for information about timetables). You can also go to Chachin Cascade as from Hua Hum. You can go there walking or, if there are good weather conditions, by car (6 km). You can do the same to go to Queñi Lake (13 km). The area is not well marked, so it is advisable to consult the rangers in the area.

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