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. To visit Escorial and other attractions in San Martin de los Andes, use our San Martin de los Andes trip generator.
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  • June 7, 2017
    We did the catamaran trip until we arrived at the escorial. Actually I had never seen something so amazing!
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  • May 6, 2017
    just go on good traction vehicles or 4 x 4, the road is very rough. It is a spectacular petrified lava River, unique in the world. I recommend it, but only in trucks
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  • April 11, 2017
    The escorial comes from the Achen Niyeu Volcano (hot land/place) and gave way to Laguna Verde about 300 to 400 years ago, when it was the last eruption. Lava leave some places to land goal, and in that land grew seeds formed (Cypress, lengas, colihues) dwarf trees that could not "expand" its roots. Vale walk from Provincial Route 62 (parking) up to the Epulafquen Lake to observe washing worth getting into water, and the forms it took when it cools. You can also climb up to the Summit of the volcano, a walk that takes about three hours from Laguna Verde.
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  • March 29, 2017
    A magical place and that very few know, you have to get but worth it
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  • May 9, 2017
    Beautiful place to be in conyacto with the nature
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  • May 8, 2017
    Nature in all its espendor.pocos places in the world like this...
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  • May 7, 2017
    Impressive place of contrasts
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Where to stay in San Martin de los Andes

Only a small portion of San Martin de los Andes actually touches Lake Lacar, but it's there that most of the best accommodations can be found. Cozy ski chalets and lodges make up the majority of places to stay here, although a few budget hostels offer something for travelers with limited means. During peak times, the town center can get quite noisy at night. Stay a few minutes out of town for a quieter experience with memorable views.
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