Lago Lácar Tours

With its shimmering blue waters and forest-lined shoreline, Lake Lacár is one of the most popular attractions in San Martin de Los Andes. In the peak of summer, when the temperature can regularly reach 70 degrees and the sun hangs high in the sky, bask on a beach beneath snowcapped peaks over 200 miles from the ocean. Enjoy the 15-minute stroll from the center of town to dramatic Bandurrias Lookout, and then continue on foot for 30 minutes to La Islita beach. Hire a canoe and paddle the waters surrounded by mountains and silence, or hop on board a sightseeing cruise to motor past islands and virgin forest towards the neighboring Chilean border.

On a full day cruise, disembark at the port of Chachín to hike 30-minutes to Chachín waterfall as it powerfully spills through the forest. On the ride back towards San Martin de los Andes, admire a shoreline pockmarked with caves where the indigenous Mapuche once thrived, and soak in the vistas that arguably rank as some of the best in Patagonia. Or spend a day at Quila Quina on the lake’s southern shore, a lakeshore village that’s full of watersports and native Mapuche crafts.

Practical Info

Bandurrias Lookout is 1.5 miles from San Martin de los Andes, and the summer months of December-February are the most popular times to visit. The lake water is cold throughout the year, although each February there’s a swimming race that crosses the width of the lake. Aside from touring the lake by boat, it’s also possible to drive Route 48 along the winding northern shore.
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Address: Lago Lacar, Neuquén Province, Lake District, Argentina
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Lácar Lake Kayaking Adventure from San Martin de los Andes

Paddle across the glittering glacial waters of Lago Lácar (Lácar Lake) on this thrilling half-day kayaking tour from San Martin de los Andes. Master some basic kayaking skills, then set out for a 3.5-hour guided tour, cruising past remote beaches and looming mountains, then stop to catch your breath on the rocky isle of La Islita. With a maximum of 4 people, this fun small-group tour is ideal for all experience levels, including first-timers.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Road of the Seven Lakes to Villa La Angostura from San Martin de los Andes

Hit the road for a dramatic full-day tour of the famous Road of the Seven Lakes, journeying from San Martin de los Andes to Villa La Angostura. Admire an endless panorama of azure-blue lakes, rambling forests and snow-dusted mountains as you travel through the heart of Argentina’s Lake District. Keep your camera handy as you pass lakes and waterfalls; stop by Mapuche villages to learn about the region’s indigenous heritage; and enjoy lunch (own expense) in Villa La Angostura. This small-group tour is limited to 12 for an intimate experience.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Lanin National Park Horseback Riding Tour: Quila Quina Valley and Mapuche Culture

Mount up for a memorable trek through the Lanín National Park on this half-day horseback adventure from San Martin de los Andes. Get back to nature as you amble along forest trails, splash through streams and cross vast Andean plains. Stop along the way to snap photos of the majestic Lago Lácar, enjoy views of the snow-covered Lanín Volcano and explore the indigenous Mapuche villages of the Quila Quina Valley. This small-group tour has a maximum of 12 people and is suitable for all skill levels, including first time riders.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Chapelco Hill Tour Including Pil Pil and Arrayanes Circuit

Experience the awe-inspiring vistas of Argentine Patagonia on this 4-hour minivan tour from San Martin de los Andes. Keep your camera handy as you drive around the glittering Lácar Lake, follow the forested Arraynes Circuit and climb the foothills of Mount Chapelco. Enjoy free time at the Chapelco resort to explore the artisan shops or ride the cable car to the summit (own expense) for an unforgettable aerial view. This small-group tour has a maximum of 12 people for a personalised experience.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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USD108.00
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Hua Hum Day Trip from San Martin de los Andes including Lanin National Park and Cachin Waterfall Hike

Marvel over the majestic landscapes of Argentina’s Lake District and get off-the-beaten-track on this 5-hour small-group minivan tour from San Martin de los Andes. Learn about the indigenous Mapuche people of the Lanín National Park, as you pass striking landscapes like the Pampa de Trompul and the looming peak of Cerro Colorado. Wind your way along the Peninsula de Yuco and Lake Lácar; stop for refreshments (own expense) by the Hua Hum River; and enjoy a short hike to see the thundering Chachin Waterfall.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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San Martin de los Andes Mountain Bike Adventure

Pedal your way around Patagonia on this fun 5-hour mountain bike adventure from San Martin de los Andes and follow one of two possible routes. Either take the Arrayanes Circuit (Cerro Chapelco route), with views of the mighty Mount Chapelco and Lanín Volcano, or enjoy the Piedra de Trompul trail and glide through the Lanín National Park, looking down over Lake Lácar. This small-group tour has a maximum of 12 people and is suitable for all abilities.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Cerro Colorado Trekking Tour from San Martin de los Andes

Scale the mighty 5,833-foot (1,778-meter) peak of Cerro Colorado on a thrilling full-day hike from San Martin de los Andes. With a maximum of 12 people, you’ll enjoy personal attention from your expert guide, who’ll point out the unique plants and rock formations of the now-extinct volcano as you wind your way to the top. After a moderate hike, arrive at the summit and tuck into your packed lunch (not provided) with magnificent views of the surrounding Andes, Lácar Lake and the Bolivia-Argentina border.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Cerro Falkner Hiking Tour from San Martín de los Andes

Lace up your hiking boots for a medium-level hike to the 7,709-foot (2,350-meter) summit of Cerro Falkner and be rewarded with mesmerizing views of the Andes, the Lake District and northern Patagonia. Before your hike, soak up the scenery as you drive the famous Seven Lakes Road from San Martin de los Andes to the Nahuel Huapi National Park, passing the Lácar, Villarino, Falkner and Machonico lakes. This full-day small-group tour is limited to 12 people and total hiking time is around 5 hours.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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