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San Martin de los Andes
San Martin de los Andes
San Martin de los Andes, ski town for Chapelco
San Martin de los Andes, ski town for Chapelco
Lake Lacar San Martin de los Andes
Lake Lacar San Martin de los Andes
San Martin is located at the end of the lake
San Martin is located at the end of the lake
Typical architecture of the Lakes District towns
Typical architecture of the Lakes District towns
San Martin has lots of parillas
San Martin has lots of parillas
Ski town for Cerro Chapelco
Ski town for Cerro Chapelco
San Martin de los Andes has great restaurants
San Martin de los Andes has great restaurants
San Martin de los Andes
San Martin de los Andes
San Martin Ski Shops
San Martin Ski Shops
San Martin de los Andes Patagonia
San Martin de los Andes Patagonia
Lake Lacar
Lake Lacar
A cute lakeside town
A cute lakeside town
San Martin de los Andes Argentina
San Martin de los Andes Argentina
Overlooking the town
Overlooking the town
San Martin Argentina
San Martin Argentina
San Martin is at the end of the 7 lakes road
San Martin is at the end of the 7 lakes road
San Martin Argentina
San Martin Argentina
San Martin de los Andes
San Martin de los Andes
San Martin
San Martin

San Martin de los Andes

San Martin de los Andes San Martín de los Andes in Argentina is a popular Patagonian mountain town with about 30,000 inhabitants. Being “of the Andes”, the town sits between high peaks of the Andes.

The primary trade of San Martin de los Andes is tourism. San Martín de los Andes forms a gateway to the Lanin National Park and the lake corridor, and during winter, skiing and snowboarding becomes the main focus of activities at Chapelco ski resort.

Like the nearby towns of Bariloche and Villa la Angostura, San Martin features Swiss wooden architecture and lots of Swiss boutique chocolate shops. The town has grown somewhat in recent years, as have the prices, yet San Martin has managed to retain its alpine charm and it's a much more tranquil and upscale version of Bariloche.

San Martin de los Andes was also put on the map by “The Motorcycle Diaries” book and movie where Che Guevara and his mate visited the sleepy town and crossed the Andes on their motorcycle.

Where is San Martin de los Andes Argentina? San Martin de los Andes is located in the southwest of Neuquén Province in the Lakes District of Patagonia. The town is only 45km (28 miles) from the Chile border and the Hua-Hum international pass.

The town is situated at the north end of the 7 Lakes Road (Siete Lagos Ruta), an incredibly scenic stretch of road that travels past lakes, mountains and forests.

San Martín de los Andes is 1,565km (973 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires and a 3 hour drive north of Bariloche. San Martin has a regional airport that is only 22km from town, or alternatively the Bariloche Airport can be used as a gateway airport.

San Martin Skiing and Snowboarding Cerro Chapelco is only 20km (12 miles) from San Martin de los Andes, a trip that takes about 20 minutes by car, shuttle or taxi. The Chapelco ski resort has modern infrastructure, lots of snow, and terrain for all ability levels. The gorgeous views of the Lanin Volcano and the turquoise Lake Lácar also add to the positive experience of skiing at Chapelco.

Hotels San Martin de los Andes The town of San Martin offers a wide range of accommodation for all budgets, ranging from various hostels up to luxury five star hotels. In between, other San Martin de los Andes accommodation includes lots of hostelries (guest houses), apart hotels, and cabins. There is also lodging on-mountain near Cerro Chapelco.

San Martin de los Andes Accommodations Listings

Why Visit San Martin Argentina? Aside from being the ski town for Cerro Chapelco, San Martin de los Andes is a fabulous town to visit. Enjoy the unassuming nightlife and the Patagonian delights in the many restaurants and tea houses, and sample all the chocolate your complexion and waistline can handle. Stroll the charming streets to check out the ski shops or artisan handicrafts, and generally just enjoy the serenity of the town.

How Does San Martin Compare to Villa la Angostura and Bariloche? San Martín (pronounced San Martine) is very similar to Villa la Angostura. They are both affluent resort towns, the main difference being that San Martin is much larger.

Villa la Angostura and Bariloche have majestic turquoise lake views, yet only a small part of the San Martin town sits on the lake so it's not quite as picturesque.

Relative to Bariloche, San Martin de los Andes is much smaller, classier, more modern and much more relaxed.

Tours That May Include San Martin

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
Argentina Ski Progression DETAILS
GUIDED PROGRESSION FOR SKIERS ONLY
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing
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Price p/p
USD 3,495
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Designed for advanced-intermediate & above skiers looking to advance their skiing ability, this adventure takes in the best ski areas in Patagonia; Cerro Catedral (Bariloche), Cerro Bayo & Chapelco. Stay in cozy hotels, take in the magnificent views & feast on superb Patagonian cuisine & wines!
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Argentina Snowboard Progression DETAILS
GUIDED PROGRESSION FOR BOARDERS ONLY
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing
From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy.
Base/invoice currency is in USD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 3,495
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Designed for advanced-intermediate & above skiers looking to advance their Snowboarding ability, this adventure takes in the best ski areas in Patagonia; Cerro Catedral (Bariloche), Cerro Bayo & Chapelco. Stay in cozy hotels, take in the magnificent views & feast on superb Patagonian cuisine & wines!
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The Powder Triangle Tour DETAILS
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ROAD TRIP
9 Days | 8 Nights | 7 Days Skiing
From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy.
Base/invoice currency is in USD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 3,295
EARLY BIRD - book & pay deposit by Dec 31, 2016 & secure 2016 prices (save 5 - 10%)
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Prepare yourself to be blown away by the natural beauty of this area on this guided lift-accessed on/off-piste & backcountry skiing road trip. It includes Argentina's best ski resorts: Cerro Catedral, Cerro Bayo and Chapelco.
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