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The largest town in the northern lake district, San Martín has a rapidly-rising population of 32,000.

Built in a valley on the shore of the beautiful Lago Lacar, it has a theatre, cinema, and plenty of shops and restaurants that cater to visitors.

A recently-elected lady mayor insisted that roses be planted in every garden and public space, and the town has benefited hugely from her policy. She is likely to win this year's election in a landslide victory.

Local culture in San Martin

Local government also set aside land and built houses for the remaining indigenous Mapuche population in the 1970s. The community occupies some 10,000 hectares in Lanin National Park, just outside the town, and currently numbers some 100 families.

Chapelco, situated 10 kms from San Martín, has an airport, skiing pistes, and a new golf course, designed by Jack Nicklaus.

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Suggested itineraries featuring San Martin de los Andes

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in San Martin de los Andes, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of San Martin de los Andes

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    Accommodation choices for San Martin de los Andes

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit San Martin de los Andes. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Tipiliuke Lodge, San Martin de los Andes

      Tipiliuke Lodge

      First Class

      The Estancia Tipiliuke Lodge is a working estancia of 20.000 hectares framed by the Chimehuin and Quilquihue rivers in the foothills of the Andes.

    • Standard Room, Casa Eugenia, San Martin de los Andes

      Casa Eugenia

      Medium

      With just four pleasant en suite rooms this hotel has a real personal touch.

    • Estancia Huechahue, San Martin de los Andes

      Estancia Huechahue

      Medium

      Huechahue offers an intimate estancia experience. It only has 10 rooms, grows many of the ingredients for its excellent meals on its own land and offers some of the most authentic riding in the area, for novices to experienced riders.