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San Martín de Los Andes

Altitude: 645 meters/2,116 feet, Population: 26,000, Telephone Code: 02972

Set against a backdrop of the stunning Argentine Lake District, San Martín de los Andes has a picturesque location on the easterly shores of Lago Lácar and is surrounded by wooded hills. Like its westerly neighbor, Villa La Angostura, San Martín was created with forethought. The buildings are built with the same rustic, warm charm that characterizes villages in Switzerland. The streets and sidewalks are clean and well cared for; the grassy parks and sandy, public beaches are a welcoming place to enjoy the views with friends and mate.


The small village is located in the southeasterly corner of Neuquén province, and boasts roads lined with trees and small, locally-owned shops offering hand-made treasures, sweaters and chocolate. The municipality often hosts outdoor concerts, activities and shows; check with the tourist office for more information, at Rosas and Avenida San Martín..


Except for the summer months of mid-December, January and February and the Argentine winter holiday in mid-July, San Martín tends to not get overly swamped by tourists.


San Martín is an ideal spot for snow sports, since one of Argentina's principal winter sports center, Cerro Chapelco, is situated 20 kilometers (12 mi) southeast of the city. In August, do not miss its annual ski festival. In the summer, decent hiking, boat trips and fishing are available. The village is centrally located for great access to Parque Nacional Lanín and La Ruta de los Siete Lagos (Seven Lakes Route).

Founded in 1898, San Martìn de los Andes was first focused on forest exploitation activities. During the past few years though, the investments in the city turned to tourism, focusing especially on the construction of hotels.

The city thus offers a large choice of accommodations, from 2-stars hotels with views of the mountains (Colonos del Sur) to cabins for up to seven people (Cabañas Las Pampas) and hostels (Hostal del Lago).

For breakfast or lunch try little cafés such as El Cafecito on San Martìn, and for a dinner on the lakeside eat at Deli.



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By Shanie Matthews
I am a lover of things foreign, animals, and outdoor sports (especially snow skiing). My husband and I originally moved to Argentina as owners and...
03 Dec 2010

Things to do in San Martín de Los Andes


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Mirador Arrayán

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Comunidad Mapuche Curruhuinca

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Teatro San Jose

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Circuito Patrimonal

If you are looking for a great down-day activity, ask the tourism office for the Circuito Patrimonial map. This free layout of San Martín history is a great way to get to know the town as well as ...
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Canopy San Martín

If you think the views around San Martín are amazing, try a birds-eye view with Canopy. A guided activity among the thousand-year-old Lenga forests, you will be able to fly amongst the tree tops, ...
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Mountain Biking

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Casino Magic

A multi-level, 36,000 square-foot entertainment facility that offers action every night of the week, San Martín’s Casino Magic is a classy rendition of a gambler’s playground. The impressively ...
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San Martín Plaza Feria

Craftsmen from various parts of the country come to the main square of San Martín de los Andes to sell their unique and intriguing merchandise. This artisan market offers everything from knives to ...
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