Escorial, San Martin de los Andes

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Tread carefully across a river of solidified lava at Escorial. Created by a volcano eruption around 400 years ago, the lava trail spans 7.5 km (4.7 mi), flowing into Lake Epulafquen. Walk along the smooth path that has been laid on top of the lava flow, and look out at the expanse of once molten rock on either side of you. Wear appropriate footwear, such as hiking boots, if you do decide to step off the path to walk across the lava; the rough terrain could easily cause you to roll an ankle if you're not careful. Plan to visit Escorial and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended San Martin de los Andes attractions using our San Martin de los Andes trip builder site .
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  • We visited the Escorial with the catamaran José Julian, which departs from Puerto Canoas, on the coast north of the Lake Huechulaufquen. The ticket costs $ 600.-per person, but is there a discount for retired Argentine. The latter pay no entrance fee to the National Park. The quoted ship sailing in search of the passage that links said the Epulaufquen Lake, where the tip of el Escorial of basalt, which down liquid from the volcano that was active and erupted about 400-500 years ago and located about 2 km from there It reached the water invading it up to more than 100 meters, where he began to solidify. The catamaran you can see some remnants of that volcano, after its explosion, and the beginning of the tongue of lava that is poured out in the vicinity. El Escorial is a sign of permanent volcanic activity in all that part of the Cordillera de los Andes, on the Argentine side and even more on the Chilean side. It is also worth visit to see how vegetation is gaining increasingly larger area of el Escorial. It is amazing the capacity of nature to develop plant life in this case, between the cracks in the rock. Where you bought your tickets, at Puerto Canoas, you can see aerial photos of the Escorial of some years ago, practically without any vegetation. Today, it is easy to see the difference when you arrive with the catamaran, with a wide array of trees, conifers and pine grow healthily over the hardened lava. The ride comes complete with landscape, coasts, forests and mountains that frame both Lakes, with the imposing presence of the great volcano Lanín, absolute protagonist of the beauty of the entire environment. It's a shame that the only Catamaran José Julián can traverse the passage between the Huechulaufquen and the Epulaufquen. Unfortunately the vessel--so reported us our guide - not can do the same with the passage between Lake Huechulaufquen and the incredibly beautiful Lake Paimún, being one of just a meter and a half deep. But there is a company, also in Puerto Canoas, which used a small flat boat motor to go and do a Tour of Paimún ($ 700 per person and discount to senior citizens). However, on cold days, or with the threat of rain or windy, the vessel does not seem very convenient not having any shelter or coverage for 5 or 6 people (maximum) on board. We chose reach Paimún along the same route that took us to Puerto Canoas, to the very cute Chapel located 2 km from the port. But we will return to explore Paimún - in bright day and no wind - and to observe the Lanin volcano more closely still. The path of the RP 61, of gravel in its entirety (since it is clear from the RN40, out of Junín de los Andes), except an asphalted, is very uneven. It has stretches of gravel quite acceptable and a considerable bandwidth, so very ugly, with long "saw" (which seems descuajeringar to any normal car) as the 29 Km stage that runs along the coast north of the Huechulaufquen. I.e. most of the way to Puerto Canoas. Very serious issue pending national parks. A penalty that bajonea a bit the beautiful day that can be enjoyed at this place of Northern Patagonia. In summary: highly recommended visit to the Escorial in the Epulaufquen.
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  • Going on the catamaran Josè Juliàn, I recommend it for the views, runs around the Lake with Lanín in the background and will reach to the escorial which is the area where the volcano poured their lava and is cooling floral species are bonsai and are the same as measured at the start of the tour n their natural sizes, safety pin!
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  • Route 61, one of the mandatory points between St. Martin and the Epulaufquen hot springs. The escorial has a particular and fascinating geography
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