The weather was not nice but we had to navigate for about an hour and a half across this attractive lake which lies peacefully on the mountain range, with unspoiled forests that cover the hillsides and provide a very picturesque frame. In other times, it was a significant way of trans-Andean communication and for more than 30 years, it was barge Mariela which crossed it, carrying both locals and tourists who chose to go on this tour.
Farther ahead, we came across the narrow strait joining Lake Lácar and Lake Nonthué. Very close, in a precious bay sheltered from the wind, lies the Nonthué primitive camping site and, a short distance away, stands Yuco, a beautiful site to spend the day, with small sandy beaches on the shores of Lake Lácar.
On the Argentinian Side
Once on the other shore, we headed for the Customs Office in order to carry out all necessary proceedings to cross into Argentina. A short distance away stands the international milestone, where the Christ of Peace, carved in raulí wood by the dwellers of Easter Island, is displayed. A new stop, this time at the Argentinian Customs Office, and then we continued along the road across the leafy forest. We passed by Hua Hum Inn, a restaurant and coffee-shop with a pier where the lake excursions leaving from San Martín de los Andes dock.
We traveled along National Route 48, a rubble road full of bends that passes through the area known as Pampa de Trompul. There, the rock bearing the same name is seen a little ahead. According to the Mapuche tradition, this rock formation, located 800 m.a.s.l., “thunders strongly” over the valley when it is about to rain or snow.
Eventually, after driving for 45 kilometers, we arrived in San Martín de los Andes, one of the main tourist centers in Northern Patagonia and the starting point of the Seven-lake Road.
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Useful DataOpening hours
The pass is open all year round but the ferry works at different hours according to season and weather conditions. The reservation system by phone works from 9am to 12pm.Bear in mind
Remember that there is usually one hour difference between Argentina and Chile, depending on the time of the year. Like in the other passes, it is forbidden to cross food and fresh vegetables.