The sensations and feelings while visiting each and every lake are simply indescribable, more so with good information and an even better attitude.
or de los 7 Lagos
joining San Martín de los Andes
and Villa La Angostura
is an invitation to spend the night at its campsites surrounded by dense forests and pristine lakes and streams. It is advisable to know about them beforehand to choose the ideal spot to pitch your tent.
Several companies provide transport between the two cities so backpackers frequently buy tickets which allow them to stop at different campsites along the way, either organized of free.
Pitching a tent requires care. It is important to be informed about winds, which can be uncomfortable, to take advantage of shady trees, to find shelter from rain and place the groundsheet on grass, not dirt.
We took a short distance bus and paid attention to the road. After short ride from San Martín de los Andes
when the road veers away from the lake, we came to a mini campsite with an incredible view, though no access to the beach. The road continued through a Patagonian oak forest where you can also camp near the houses of the Mapuche
Farther ahead, at Lake Hermoso
, where the lake and the river meet, there is another simple site two kilometers from the road.
We then left Lanín
National Park behind and entered Nahuel Huapi
. There are organized sites by Lakes Falkner, Pichi Traful
The one by Lake Falkner has a long sandy beach, shady areas and restrooms. There are circumscribed plots and good facilities, so the fee is rather high. A few meters away, on the coast of Lake Villarino
the campsite is free and a good option to save money. However, it is rather windy due to its location.
A little ahead, by the Villarino
park warden’s house, there is a narrow trail about 2000 meters long, leading to Lake Pichi Traful
. Fishermen frequently park their trailers by the coast and cruise the northern branch of Lake Traful
where the fishing is great. It is also a reference for youngsters as it is the starting point for walks.
Upon reaching Lake Correntosothe landscape changes as its beach, grazing areas for sheep, goats and cows are an invitation to enjoy bucolic peace and quiet. The old trees at this rustic camp site provide ample shade; the local Quintrupay family offers tortas fritas(fried bread rolls), homemade bread and jams throughout the day.
When camping in the south of the country, nature seems even closer. Its trekking paths, kayak outings, hidden falls in the forest or simply ‘doing nothing’ ensure a different holiday. What about the cold? Yes, it can be cold, especially at night. If you want to be comfortable, all you need is warm clothing and not to expect the same comfort as at home.
Gathering around a bonfire at night, easy conversations and the friends you will make along the way are added to the mysteries that unravel during every outing. The clean, fresh air of the seven lakes leaves an indelible imprint on those who open their perception to the language of nature.
Mini Camping del Lácar
Ruta Nac. 40 km 3,5 (Sin costa de lago)
Camping Rincón del Mochilero
A 500 m de la ruta 40, camino 7 Lagos
Camping Lago Hermoso
Ruta 7 Lagos a 37 kilómetros del centro
Camping Lago Falkner
Ruta Nac. 40 a 50 km de SMA a orillas del lago Falkner
Camping Lago Pichi Traful
A 60 kilómetros de SMA
Camping y Hostería Lago Correntoso
A orillas del lago, a 104 kilómetros
Camping Agreste lago Espejo Chico
A dos kilómetros de ruta 7 Lagos, dista 87 kilómetros de SMA
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