Day Trips from San Martin
Hiking: Cerro Falkner
After an hour's scenic drive from San Martin, you begin your ascent of Cerro Falkner, trekking through dense forest. When you emerge from the trees you are greeted by stunning views which, on reaching the summit, open up to 360 degrees, taking in Cerro Tronador and Lanin Volcano.
Hiking: Achen Ñiyeu Volcano
This day hike near San Martin takes you through unusual landscapes to the crater of the Achen Niyeu Volcano. You'll trek from the beach of Laguna Verde in the Lanin National Park, through forests and then onto black sand in a desert-like landscape. On reaching the volcano, a demanding 45 minute ascent takes you to the edge of the crater, from where panoramic views include Lanin Volcano and its expansive glacier.
Kayaking: Machonico Lake
A full-day kayaking on the Machonico lake, located 30 km away from the
city of San Martin de los Andes on the route of the Seven Lakes. Takes
us 20 minutes by car to reach it.
The Machonico has a particular orientation, that makes it a very quiet and calm lake, it is ideal for this activity. We start to get the boats down from the vehicle in order to carry them to the lakeshore. After paddling a few minutes we reach the mouth of the Rio Hermoso river, which we paddle upstream up to Pichi Machonico lake, an almost unknown lake as it lies outside the scope of the most popular tourist routes.
Once in this lake, we sail to its end and we stop on a sandy beach, perfect place for lunch. From here, we return to the starting point, using the same route.
Cycling: Laguna Rosales from San Martin
We leave San Martin de los Andes by vehicle for about 8km up to the
beginning of a secondary road where there will be no vehicular traffic.
In this place we start riding our bikes, the first few kilometers along a wide and plain path that will allow us to familiarize ourselves with them. The specialized guides will teach us how to enjoy mountain biking and soon we will be ready to get into trails, slopes, short climbs and crossing streams. This first part has unique landscapes where we can capture the best images of our adventure.
After taking a break for lunch and recovering, we start the second part to Paraje Trompul, located in the Curruhinca Mapuche Community. We continue bordering the Lacar lake on its northern shore; along old logging roads used by the mapuches, who continue living in this lands. Riding through ups and downs, we arrive at a small sandy beach known as La Islita where we can take a break and dive into the lake.
We finish our day, riding back to town.
Where to Stay in the Argentine Lakes?
Accommodation options in the Argentinian lakes range from luxury lodges and working estancias set in beautiful scenery, to hotels and hostels in the regions towns.
Map of San Martin and Surrounding Area
Ready to plan your Patagonia adventure?
We'll spend some time listening to your aspirations, then discuss the kind of experience that might suit you.
Next we'll discuss the options, shortlist the best trips for you and present you our impartial recommendations.
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