ROAD TRIPS

The Seven Lakes Route

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LENGTH
5 days
SEASON
October to May
START
Bariloche
END
Bariloche

ITINERARY

DAY 1. BARILOCHE - VILLA LA ANGOSTURA

We leave Bariloche driving by the Huemul arm of Nahuel Huapi Lake to Villa La Angostura. We will have lunch on the bays by Quetrihue Peninsula. In the afternoon we can take one of the boats that go to Los Arrayanes National Park, by the other end of the peninsula. After a short walk on the Arrayanes forest we will go back to Villa La Angostura, where we will spend the night.

DAY 2. VILLA LA ANGOSTURA - SAN MARTIN DE LOS ANDES

We drive the Seven Lakes Route from Villa La Angostura to San Martín de los Andes We will stop at the viewpoints on each lake: Correntoso, Espejo, Escondido, Villarino, Falkner, Machónico and Lácar. We can also do a short hike, like the one that goes from Lake Espejo to Lake Correntoso. In the afternoon you will have time to spend in San Martin de los Andes town center.

DAY 3. LANIN NATIONAL PARK

We drive to Junin de los Andes, where we will take a dirt road to Huechulafquen Lake, the largest of Lanin National Park. Once we enter the park we will drive by the north side of the lake to Puerto Canoa. If the skies are clear we will have great views of the south face of Lanin Volcano. In Puerto Canoa we can take a bout tour by Lakes Huechulafuquen, Paimún y Epulafquen, or do a short hike. Then we will go back to San Martin de los Andes, where we will overnight.

Chimehuin River, Huechulafquen Lake and Lanin Volcano
Chimehuin River, Huechulafquen Lake and Lanin Volcano

DAY 4. SAN MARTIN DE LOS ANDES - VILLA TRAFUL

We leave San Martín de los Andes taking route 63 by Meliquina Lake. After passing ny Villa Meliquina we will continue to Lake Filo Hua Hum and Caleufu River before starting to ascend towards the Cordoba Pass, where we will have great views of the Enchanted Valley. This valley features amazing formations of basaltic rock eroded through time by the rain and the wind. At the confluence of rivers Traful and Limay we will take route 65 to Villa Traful, stopping at a viewpoint with spectacular views over the Traful Lake. Overnight in Villa Traful.

DAY 5. VILLA TRAFUL - BARILOCHE

Form Villa Traful we will continue on route 65 to the intersection with the Seven Lakes Route. From there we will return to Bariloche, arriving by lunchtime.

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