Travel the Road of the Seven Lakes on a full-day journey through some of Argentina’s most breathtaking scenery. You’ll depart by minivan from your San Martin de los Andes hotel, driving past beautiful lakes, rivers and waterfalls. A guide takes you through ancient forests and Lanín National Park, and introduces you to the indigenous Mapuche. Enjoy free time to explore and purchase lunch (own expense) in the quaint town of Villa La Angostura, which serves as your turnaround point on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.
Your 10-hour round-trip driving tour along the Road of the Seven Lakes to Villa Angostura departs in the morning from your San Martin de los Andes hotel. Meet your guide, who will take your small group through some of the region’s most significant natural and cultural sites. In fact, this route is considered one of the most stunning circuits in Argentina, due to its brilliant colors and views of the majestic Andes Mountains.Once aboard your comfortable minivan, set off into the foothills of the Andes, as your guide enlightens you with bits of history and insight about the surroundings. You'll trace the rim of Lago Lácar (Lácar Lake) for 2.5 miles (4 km), then venture into an ancient oak and cypress forest, where much of your journey continues.Stop at Pil-Pil, a breathtaking viewpoint belonging to the indigenous Mapuche community. Making your way through the succession of hills, you'll reach 7,217 feet (2,200 meters) in elevation. Expect to see waterfalls and more picturesque lakes, such as Machonico, Hermoso, Escondido and Villarino, as you make photo stops throughout Lanín National Park.Stop at Correntoso Lake’s scenic shores for snacks such as fried cakes, queso casero (cheese) or ham (own expense), made by the Mapuche community of Quintupurai. Continue to Small Mirror Lake (Lago Espejo Chico) and Bodega Ruca Malen, passing bridges, an old inn and tranquil rivers, and see views that extend as far as Chile from the Espejo Grande viewpoint. After 6.2 miles (10 km), your small group arrives at Villa La Angostura, a village with a shopping center, a historical diplomatic residence called El Mesidor and the Bahia Manzano hotel. Enjoy a leisurely meal at one of the exceptional restaurants in the village (own expense) before heading back to your hotel in San Martin de los Andes.