This bonny city has outdoor sites for visitors who arrive in their own cars or by bus.
Officially recognized campsites are one of the many options for tourists in San Martín de los Andes
. Camping has become an increasingly popular holiday style, enabling visitors to sail lakes, discover beaches or walk in the surrounding woods.
A few streets from the main square, Automóvil Club Argentino
campsite has different areas allocated to campers, tents and groups of backpackers. Although bathing is not allowed in its stream, it is a welcome, relaxing sound. Its trees provide ample shade. Despite its proximity to the city center, it is silent at night. It has fire rings, electricity and 24 hour service.
On the road from San Martín to Junín de los Andes
there are two campsites. Camping del Molino
5 kilometers from the city on Route 40, boasts a wonderful grove which provides welcoming shade on summer days. Its location in a suburban area makes daily shopping really easy. Camping Amigos de la Naturaleza
set in a wide valley surrounded by spectacular mountains also has a wooded area. Its main feature is peace and quiet, as it is on a side road with few houses nearby. An ideal spot to relax.
Those who fancy waking up by Lake Lacar and its magical morning mist can camp at Catritre
or Villa Quila Quina
The former is nearer the city and both its campsites, Catritre
are run by the local Mapuche
community. There is a wide beach for sunbathing and swimming as well as a kayak ramp. If the weather allows, a coffee shop and restaurant with ample windows offer the chance to have a meal while beholding the lake outside.
The stream must be crossed in order to reach Lolen
campsite. There are also cabins equipped with everything visitors need to make their stay comfortable.
Villa Quila Quina is another great choice. In a residential area with abundant vegetation, Camping Quila Quina, one of the oldest, is set by a mountain creek running into the lake. Its fire rings, restrooms and restaurants are top notch. The newer Camping Antgti Lafquen by the lake shore is not as protected from the wind.
When it comes to venturing further away from the city, for a fee, visitors can camp by lakes Falkner and Nonthué. Water activities are extremely popular, as are walks to nearby hills and waterfalls. Swimming, fishing, sailing and trekking are but a few of the recommended activities.
It is common knowledge that Patagonian weather is worth bearing in mind. However, nothing compares to a night by a bonfire, wrapped in warm clothing if need be, or walking out of our tent into the crisp morning air and the smell of wet grass.
A.C.A. Ctro Tur San Martín de los Andes
Av. Koessler 2175, (8370) , San Martín de los Andes, Neuquén
Tel: +54 2972-429430
Amigos de la Naturaleza
Vega Maipú a 7Km de S.M.A, (8370) , San Martín de los Andes, Neuquén
Tel: +54 2972-426351
Ruta Nacional 234 a 4 Km. de S. M. A., (8370) , San Martín de los Andes, Neuquén
Cel: +54 9294-4557657
Ruta 7 Lagos a 40 km. de San Martín de los Andes, (8370) , San Martín de los Andes, Neuquén
Cel: +54 9294-4419927
A 37 Km. de S M de los Andes Paso Internacional Hua Hum, (8370) , San Martín de los Andes, Neuquén
Tel: +54 2972-429546