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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  • If these in these places, the escorial is a different place, since is not abundant vegetation, and is packed with volcanic stones and araucarias. We must visit and draw your conclusions
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  • In the escorial (or at this end of the escorial, since there are others) you can see the route of the river of lava of the volcano Achen Ñiyeu, relatively recent (300, 400 years). There is a section of the route which passes through the escorial, used to feel the harsh and arid landscape is to raze the lava; and as though this vegetation returns to their way. Also there is an excursion boat in Lake Epulafquen which leads to extreme (and "Bonsai" forest), also very nice excursion. Finally, from Laguna Verde, there is a trail that runs along all the escorial to the same Volcano (which you can climb); It is the same section of the Andean trail which continues to Port Arthur. Around this footprint the hills also painted in several with the volcanic residue (no longer part of the escorial, but it is unique). In few places can be seen (with such ease) traces of a recent volcano like this.
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  • We did the catamaran trip until we arrived at the escorial. Actually I had never seen something so amazing!
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  • A magical place and that very few know, you have to get but worth it
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  • Beautiful place to be in conyacto with the nature
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  • Nature in all its espendor.pocos places in the world like this...
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  • 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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