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The Road of the Seven Lakes, Argentina
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Bariloche (San Carlos de Bariloche) is known as the "American Switzerland." The city with its surrounding mountains and lakes are tourist destinations during all seasons and can be especially attractive at winter time when tourist can enjoy snow and skiing. However, if you happen to be at this corner of the world, you may want to combine visit to Bariloche with touring through the Andean Lakes area and in particular along the Road of the Seven Lakes (Ruta de los Siete Lagos). The route goes between small towns of Villa La Angostura and San Martin de Los Andes.
What Makes It Special
This area is a South American equivalent of Alps with breath taking views. The route allows for visiting all seven lakes: Lacar, Falkner, Villarino, Machonico, Escondido (Hidden) , Correntoso (Swift) , Espejo (Mirror) and two national parks: Nahuel Huapi and Lanin. Various activities are available including paragliding, skiing, sailing in lakes and rivers, trekking.
Useful Visitor Information and Tips
The best way to reach Bariloche is from Buenos Aires by air (international airport is 8 miles (13 km) form Bariloche). The route itself is 108 miles (184 km) from Bariloche to San Martin de Los Andes. You will need at least one day for this trip. Plan for two or three days and you will not regret. You can find lodging either at Villa La Angostura or San Martin de Los Andes and, during the summer season, hostels and camping inside national parks.
Tags: American Switzerland; Argentina (2); Bariloche; Correntoso; Escondido; Espejo; Falkner; Lacar; Lanin; Machonico; Nahuel Huapi; Patagonia; Ruta de los Siete Lagos; San Martin de Los Andes; Seven Lakes; Villa La Angostura; Villarino
Web Sites: Patagonia-Argentina.com