Destination guide: San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
San Martin de los Andes is located to the south-west of the province of Neuquen in Argentina Each year it welcomes hundreds of tourists attracted by its variety of options for winter sports. Enormous snowy mountains surround the town providing marvelous scenery, together with forests and lakes. This is not all though. San Martin de los Andes also has some of the best cake shops in Patagonia.
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San Martin de Los Andes
San Martin has two peak periods - winter for skiing at Cerro Chapelco and summer for trekking, climbing etc in nearby Parque Nacional Lanín. Brave souls also swim in the chilly waters of Lago Lácar on the western edge of town.
Between these times, it’s a quiet little town with a spectacular setting the full of charm. A boat ride on the lake is pretty much a must if you’re passing through, and if the snow’s cleared (anytime from November onwards) and you’re heading south, you should seriously think about leaving town via the scenically neck-straining Ruta de los Siete Lagos (RN 234), which runs south to Villa la Angostura, Lago Nahuel Huapi and Bariloche.
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