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Self-Drive Argentinian Lake District

Enjoy the shimmering lakes, verdant green scenery and iconic towns of the Argentinian Lake District with the flexibility of driving yourself. Stay close to beautiful national parks in Villa La Angostura and San Martín de Los Andes, drive the famous 'Seven Lakes Road' and see the snow-capped Lanín Volcano. This region is a driver's paradise.

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Trip length

6 Days




Argentinian Lakes

Self-Drive Argentinian Lake District - 6 Days - $1,872

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Fly to Bariloche; Drive to Villa La Angostura

Day 2: Free day in Villa La Angostura 

Day 3: Drive to San Martín de Los Andes

Day 4: Free day in San Martín de Los Andes

Day 5: Drive back to Bariloche

Day 6: Fly out of Bariloche

Start from Bariloche and end at Bariloche

Landmarks visited on Self-Drive Argentinian Lake District

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Bariloche; Drive to Villa La Angostura

Upon arrival at Bariloche Airport you'll pick up your rental car and drive to your hotel in Villa La Angostura. The drive round the shore of the lake is short but very beautiful – a great introduction to the Lake District. 

Length of drive: 1hr, 80km

Accommodation: Hotel in Villa la Angostura

Day 2: Free Day in Villa La Angostura

This is a free day for you to explore the surrounding area. There are some great walks, or you can head out onto the lake. There is an option to take a boat trip to the Arrayanes National Park, with a hike back up to the peninsula on a forest trail bordering the lake. There are guides who can take you on kayaking trips, or hikes on the harder-to-find trails.

Alternatively, you can use your car to do some touring, maybe exploring Villa Traful and, if you have time, the Cordoba Pass which is particularly pretty in the autumn when the trees turn golden-red.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Villa la Angostura

Day 3: Drive to San Martín de Los Andes

Today you will drive along the famous Seven Lakes Road to San Martín de Los Andes. It is not far, the drive will certainly involve several stops for photos. Although the road is called the Seven Lakes Road, there are many more lakes that can be accessed from the road that not everyone knows about, such as Pichi Traful, a couple of kilometres down a dirt track and a great spot for a picnic, or a swim in summer.

Lago Hermoso – literally 'beautiful lake' – is also worth a detour as it is just a couple of minutes from the road. There is a lively beach in summer and a wooden restaurant. The falls at Ñivinco are worth a stop – it's a brisk 30min walk from the road through a native forest.

Length of drive: 2.5hrs, 167km

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in San Martín de los Andes

Day 4: Free day San Martín de Los Andes

Today is a free day so you can enjoy this superb mountain town. For touring in the car, we recommend the short drive to Lake Lolog, just 20km from town and also Laguna Rosales for a wonderful walk. This is a hidden gem that only locals tend to visit.

For a longer road trip, we suggest a visit to see the Lanín Volcano in Huechulaufquen National Park. Take a picnic and enjoy the lake – there are campsites along the road to access the beach.

For more active souls, San Martín de Los Andes is a mountain biker's paradise, but to explore the ride available we recommend booking a guide. There is also the world-class and very scenic  Chapelco golf for any keen golfer.

Overnight in San Martín de Los Andes.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in San Martín de los Andes

Day 5: Drive back to Bariloche

Drive from San Martín de Los Andes back to Bariloche on a paved road in good condition. You can take the same beautiful road back or make a loop on a faster  but longer route to get back to Bariloche from San Martín de Los Andes. You will drive along good roads and past various estancia (ranches).

Length of drive: 3.5hrs, 260km

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Bariloche

Day 6: Fly out of Bariloche

Return your car to Bariloche Airport before catching your flight.

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What our customers think of Self-Drive Argentinian Lake District

Self-Drive Argentinian Lake District trips scored 4.4/5 from 5 reviews

There's not just one memorable moment. Every part of our journey had wonderful and unexpected experiences. I usually don't care much for big cities but I found Buenos Aires to be a beautiful and interesting city. The Lake District was as beautiful as I expected. Hiking around El Chalten was easy because most of the hikes start right there in town. The cruise around the Magellan Straight was relaxing after several days of intense activity with car rentals and several flights inside Argentina and lots of hiking; we were able to disembark in Cape Horn which was fabulous. Torres del Paine was the best part of the trip!

Travelled: April 2023

Maggy -

Meeting and interacting with the Chilean people. Experiencing the wildness of the country. Reveling in the vast unspoiled back country. And so much more.

Travelled: December 2019

Grover -

The story I tell first is the unsuccessful attempt to climb Laguna de los Torres because of the sideways wind, rain and cold. Just to take off my raincoat to add a down jacket was quite an experience.

Travelled: April 2023

Paul -

The excursions in Torres del Paine. Stunning scenery and landscapes. The Tierra Patagonia Hotel was spectacular.

Travelled: March 2022

Andrew Karigan -

Perito Moreno glacier

Travelled: November 2023

George -


Prices, Departures and Inclusions

2023/24 season prices are:

Two people sharing a room in a standard hotel: USD $1,872 per person

Two people sharing a room in a superior hotel: USD $1,980 per person

Two people sharing a room in a deluxe hotel: USD $2,260 per person


Please contact us to discuss your preferred departure dates.

Additional Notes

Trip extension – If you want to combine the Chilean and Argentinian Lake Districts you could end this trip by taking a boat across the border to Chile.

Single supplement – Standard USD $725; Superior USD $804; Deluxe USD $1,084.

Optional excursions – There are many optional extras that you can add to this itinerary such as mountain biking, boat trips, rafting and fly-fishing, to name just a few. Please ask us for more details.


  • Meals: 5 breakfasts
  • Accommodation: 5 nights in hotels
  • 6 days medium-sized car rental with insurance (1,400km allowance)
  • Hotel and car hire taxes
  • Trip notes, route and hotel maps
  • Concierge assistance from Buenos Aires and Salta offices


  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
  • International and domestic/in-country flights

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