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Route of the Seven Lakes, Province of Rio Negro: Address, Phone Number, Route of the Seven Lakes Reviews: 4.5/5

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Rodolfo E
By Rodolfo E
San Martin de los Andes and 7 Lakes Circuit
Jan 2019
San Martin de los Andes and 7 Lakes Circuit Shortly after leaving Downtown Bariloche at 8am on a large tour bus, we caught a neat view of Anglers fly-fishing on Rio Limay flowing south from Lago Nahuel Huapi. We then headed northwest along the newly paved Ruta 40. After an hour we arrived at our first stop in the fishing town of Villa La Angostura, across the channel form Victoria Island. Quaint town with souvenir shops (trolls and fishing gear), wood beamed trellises and hanging plants. After 30 minutes, we got back in the bus and headed to our first (outside of Nahuel Haupi) of seven lakes/fjords, Lago Espejo (Mirror). Nothing special but there were tons of buses stopping to see it. Shortly thereafter I saw a scenic abandoned railroad bridge partially crossing the Rio Conrentoso heading east to the same named lake. Lago Conrentoso (#2) was indeed very beautiful with snow-capped mountain ranges reflecting off the waters. Next we stopped briefly at Lago Escondido (#3-Hidden- aptly named since you could barely see it from the road). Shortly thereafter we pulled up to Lago Villarino (#4) on the west side of the road, took a few pictures but crossed the road to enjoy the more majestic Lago Faulkner (#5), named after a Jesuit. From here we had long views of the Lake, looking to some rock capped formations that reminded me of the Tors in the Dartmoors (England). Near us was a beach and cattails that revealed a blue –green shallow lakefront. We passed the sixth Lake, Lago Machuni without taking the time to stop for we were running a little behind to get to San Martín de los Andes by lunch time. The tour guides pointed out a nice restaurant to eat at on the shores of Lago Lacar (#7) as we went to the town plaza to park. We followed the instructions but when we arrived at the restaurant, it was too crowded so we decided just to hike around town. We started at the lakeshore and marina and caught the long view of the lake looking southwest. We then headed back to the plaza area where we found beautiful gardens, wood beamed public halls and their Cathedral, which had replicas of the shrouds of Turin on display. Looking for a local place to eat, we decided on trying to find an empanadas place, but first we ran into some ice cream stores and then found Nonino Empanadas. It was a packed take out place but well worth the wait. We ordered 4 Carne Mendocina (smaller version of the Chilean pino) and then one each of Roquefort, Jamón y nuez, Cordero, Mejicana and Cervo Ahumado. We bought some local beers and took our lunch back to the Plaza to enjoy. After lunch we had still an hour to kill so we visited the Museo del Parque Nacional Lanin where they had displays of relics, fauna and stuffed animals of the region. Most of the items had to do with the local history of the founding of the town. Then we headed back to wait the bus. Right there we saw a huge fake Christmas Tree still up with silver ribbons and red balls. A little tacky for this gorgeous plaza. We headed out at 3pm and enjoyed a scenic drive along Lago Lacar sitting on the right side of the bus this time. Stopped in Villa La Angostura again and we walked to the stream and huge wood carving of an angler. Then as we drove back around the large lake to Bariloche, the tour guides told the story that the cannibal natives were drowned by 20 days of rains from the Queche Gods. Taking it all in, I would pass up on a tour bus trip and just find a private car to drive to San Martín and have the stop by just Lakes Conrentoso and Faulkner and spend quality time in San Martin and Lago Lacar. I would pass up on Villa La Angostura other than to take a picture of the wooden angler at the entrance and visit a troll shop.

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Rodolfo E
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL166 contributions
San Martin de los Andes and 7 Lakes Circuit
Jan 2019 • Family
San Martin de los Andes and 7 Lakes Circuit

Shortly after leaving Downtown Bariloche at 8am on a large tour bus, we caught a neat view of Anglers fly-fishing on Rio Limay flowing south from Lago Nahuel Huapi. We then headed northwest along the newly paved Ruta 40. After an hour we arrived at our first stop in the fishing town of Villa La Angostura, across the channel form Victoria Island. Quaint town with souvenir shops (trolls and fishing gear), wood beamed trellises and hanging plants. After 30 minutes, we got back in the bus and headed to our first (outside of Nahuel Haupi) of seven lakes/fjords, Lago Espejo (Mirror). Nothing special but there were tons of buses stopping to see it. Shortly thereafter I saw a scenic abandoned railroad bridge partially crossing the Rio Conrentoso heading east to the same named lake. Lago Conrentoso (#2) was indeed very beautiful with snow-capped mountain ranges reflecting off the waters. Next we stopped briefly at Lago Escondido (#3-Hidden- aptly named since you could barely see it from the road).
Shortly thereafter we pulled up to Lago Villarino (#4) on the west side of the road, took a few pictures but crossed the road to enjoy the more majestic Lago Faulkner (#5), named after a Jesuit. From here we had long views of the Lake, looking to some rock capped formations that reminded me of the Tors in the Dartmoors (England). Near us was a beach and cattails that revealed a blue –green shallow lakefront. We passed the sixth Lake, Lago Machuni without taking the time to stop for we were running a little behind to get to San Martín de los Andes by lunch time.

The tour guides pointed out a nice restaurant to eat at on the shores of Lago Lacar (#7) as we went to the town plaza to park. We followed the instructions but when we arrived at the restaurant, it was too crowded so we decided just to hike around town. We started at the lakeshore and marina and caught the long view of the lake looking southwest. We then headed back to the plaza area where we found beautiful gardens, wood beamed public halls and their Cathedral, which had replicas of the shrouds of Turin on display.

Looking for a local place to eat, we decided on trying to find an empanadas place, but first we ran into some ice cream stores and then found Nonino Empanadas. It was a packed take out place but well worth the wait. We ordered 4 Carne Mendocina (smaller version of the Chilean pino) and then one each of Roquefort, Jamón y nuez, Cordero, Mejicana and Cervo Ahumado. We bought some local beers and took our lunch back to the Plaza to enjoy.

After lunch we had still an hour to kill so we visited the Museo del Parque Nacional Lanin where they had displays of relics, fauna and stuffed animals of the region. Most of the items had to do with the local history of the founding of the town. Then we headed back to wait the bus. Right there we saw a huge fake Christmas Tree still up with silver ribbons and red balls. A little tacky for this gorgeous plaza.

We headed out at 3pm and enjoyed a scenic drive along Lago Lacar sitting on the right side of the bus this time. Stopped in Villa La Angostura again and we walked to the stream and huge wood carving of an angler. Then as we drove back around the large lake to Bariloche, the tour guides told the story that the cannibal natives were drowned by 20 days of rains from the Queche Gods.

Taking it all in, I would pass up on a tour bus trip and just find a private car to drive to San Martín and have the stop by just Lakes Conrentoso and Faulkner and spend quality time in San Martin and Lago Lacar. I would pass up on Villa La Angostura other than to take a picture of the wooden angler at the entrance and visit a troll shop.
Written 26 May 2019
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terrylu2016
Aguanga, CA129 contributions
Worth doing if you are in the area.
Apr 2018 • Couples
We rented a car and did this drive in a day. It is a good way to see both Lanin and Nahuel Huapi National Parks and the many lakes dotting the landscape. San Martin de los Andes is a great place to stop for lunch.
Written 5 May 2018
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Fred T
Reno, NV739 contributions
Using rental car, took all day to drive the 7 Lakes tour
Jan 2017 • Couples
Using a rental car, we took all day to drive the Seven Lakes tour. We stopped at many places to see the view and take photos. Most people were driving faster than the speed limit. While each view was nothing special, the total of them made for a great tour. The problem we had was the lack of gas stations (we almost ran out of fuel). Part of the tour was on a hilly dirt road, which was not fun driving.
Written 28 April 2017
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chris_fss
Bahia Blanca, Argentina176 contributions
Worth doing
Jan 2017 • Couples
We enjoyed our day trip to see the Seven Lakes, our tour also had a rest stop in San Martin de Los Andes for lunch and an opportunity to walk around. The various lakes all were beautiful.
Written 2 February 2017
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fruitflyboy
Washington D.C.115 contributions
Pretty lakes and wildflowers but not particularly unique
Dec 2015 • Couples
We had a rental car and spent a whole day driving from Bariloche to San Martin de los Andes and back. There are some pretty spots on the way and segments with nice wildflowers (in Dec/Jan). All in all however, this was not unique enough or worth the effort in our opinion. If you live in North America and have visited regions with scenic mountains and lakes (e.g., Rockies), this won't seem all that different to you. Note for those who are using the Rough Guide for this portion - it is terrible! The things they recommend aren't really the best things and the last bit to San Martin de los Andes is quite skippable unless you want to spend some time in the town itself.
Written 31 January 2016
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Yoav L
Hadera, Israel107 contributions
We did it by bus
Wherever you'll tern your head in Patagonia you will see this: Beutiful lake suurrounded with a forest and mountains with snowy picks. Thats is why we chose to save one they and just see those lakes from the bus on our way to San Martin De Los Andes. It was really nice but i tell you this… How many pictures of your self with a lake in the background do you really need??
One exeption- If you are strong enough to do it by bicycle, i think it might be a wonderfull adventur.
Written 9 October 2014
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Adomvatik
Tel Aviv, Israel328 contributions
Beatiful Scenic Route.
Dec 2012 • Friends
We drive this route as part of a one day tour from Bariloche. the views arestunning. Since we were in an organize tour the bus was able to stop only an some predefined stops (some of the roads are nerrow and you are not allowed to stop). On the way from san Martin we make a small detour and drive by the Limay river, near by the first water dam and artificail lake it creats. The viws chane completly from glaciers and forests to almost a desert. The best part of the road back is the variety of the rock formations along the Limay river as you come closer to Bariloche (if I' not wrong from Confluencia). A very recommended experience. But a long drive.
Written 22 December 2012
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