We can arrange accommodation here and would suggest a minimum of 3 nights. Usually people will have a car and drive in from Pucón, in Chile and either return back to Chile or continue on the Argentine side to Bariloche and then come back into Chile. Alternatively the crossing from San Martin to Panguipulli (just south of Pucón) in Chile is beautiful. We can arrange the rent-a-car (for which you need a permit to take over the border) and an itinerary program based under bed and breakfast. If you fly in from Buenos Aires we can arrange a private transfer into Chile or vice-versa from Pucón to San Martin.
Located in the northern sector of the Argentine lake region and over the Andes Mountains, close to the Chilean border (45km) at the eastern end of Lake Lacar on the valley floor which is walled either side by steep-gradient hills.
San Martin serves as a stop-off point en route from Pucón or to Termas de Puyehue (in Chile), or to Bariloche in Argentina or as a place to visit for a few days in order to get some of that “Argentine flavour” . The route south from San Martin to Bariloche can be self drive either via the unpaved road (best to try this route in the summer) that passes through the high-elevation but beautiful Nahuel Huapi National Park (750,000ha) which is known for its wildlife and spectacular geographic scenery of lakes, mountains, hanging glaciers, waterfalls, rapids and snow-covered peaks or via the lower, paved route passing through the “seven lakes” – beautiful but less dramatic.
Arrivals by air from Buenos Aires, but mainly arrivals and / or departures would be via Pucón (served by Temuco airport) in Chile.
The village with is chocolate-selling shops, walks in natural woods, fly-fishing and boating are among the various options. One of the main interests is the drive over the Andes from / or to Pucón in Chile – very beautiful, or the equally picturesque crossing from Puerto Pirehueico and on the ferry along the incredibly narrow Lake Pirehueico to Pueto Fuy in Chile and on to Panguipulli.
Summer clothes with warm tops for cool evenings. Sun glasses, hat and sun-protection cream.
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SAN MARTIN DE LOS ANDES
San Martin de Los Andes is located on the other side of the Andes from Pucón in Chile´s lake district. It is a picturesque and rather quaint Alpine-style town with wooden chalets, boutique-style hotels, cosy restaurants, gift and chocolate shops.