My Traveling Adventures in South America and Beyond
Biking the Route of the Seven Lakes from Bariloche to San Martin de los Andes
Upon returning from my hike in Nahuel Huapi National Park, I met my friend Sami back in Bariloche. We decided to rent mountain bikes from Cordillera Bike and bike from Bariloche to San Martín de Los Andes in the Route of the Seven Lakes. One of the coolest parts about this hike is you travel through three different national parks: Nahuel Huapi, Los Arrayanes, and Lanin.
We started day one by taking the bus from Bariloche to Llau Llau where we picked up the bikes around 10am and got everything packed. The total cost of the bikes for 3 days plus the cost of leaving them in San Martín was $3000 pesos per bike.
Travel Tip: Cordillera Bike was absolutely amazing. The bikes were in wonderful shape, they gave us all the information and tools we could possibly need, and Daniel (the owner) was very helpful in planning and organizing everything. I would definitely use Cordillera Bikes if I were planning this journey again.
Los Arrayanes National Park
Los Arrayanes National Park
Around noon, we set off on a 7km bike ride to the harbor where we caught the ferry to Los Arrayanes National Park. The ferry ride was $500 per person and left at 2pm. (It was actually a tour but we just tagged along in order to get to the other side of the lake.) Upon arriving to the port, we locked the bikes and walked around a little bit, admired the Llao Llao Hotel, and grabbed some lunch before cruising across the lake. Once we arrived to Los Arrayanes National Park we left the bikes and took some time to walk around the park and see the beautiful and unusual trees. After walking for about 30 minutes we arrived back to the bikes and set off. This portion of the ride was probably the hardest for me because it was on a dirt path and there were several big uphills that I wasn’t expecting on this part of the trip. The trail was 11km and took us to the town of Villa La Angostura. Once we arrived to town, we went to the market to buy food for the next few days.
Finally around 4:30pm we left Villa la Angostura and started heading towards the lakes and route 40. The road was very easy to follow and we decided to bike around 25 kilometers (15 miles) on day 1, in addition to what we had biked earlier. We passed by Lago Espejo Grande and finished biking around 8pm at Lago Correntoso where we camped in “free camping” aka in the trees on the side of the road.
The following morning we woke up and started biking around 11am (by the time we fixed breakfast, packed up camp, and got water from the campground close by). We biked for a couple of hours before taking a break along the Pichi Traful River. After lunch, we had the longest and steepest uphill I’ve ever biked. I did have to get off the bike twice but only for about 5 minutes each time. (Given that I haven’t seriously biked since I arrived to Argentina in July I was okay with this result.)
We biked 45 kilometers or so on day two passing by Lago Villain, Lago Falkner and finished at Lago Hermoso. We paid to camp there on night two because it was New Years Eve and we wanted to treat ourselves a little bit . We arrived around 4pm, had a yoga session on the pier, drank a beer, fixed dinner, and were in bed by 9:30pm haha. This was definitely not the most festive New Years I’ve had but it was wonderful none the less.
On day 3, we started around 10am for our final day of biking. Luckily this day was mostly downhill (especially the last 10 kilometers or so). We passed by Lago Machonico and finished by descending along Lago Lacar and into San Martin de los Andes. The ride was absolutely wonderful and I am so glad Sami and I had the opportunity to enjoy this adventure together. I am also happy to say that I really enjoyed my first multi-day bike ride (even if I was sore during the process) and I look forward to doing more in the future!
I would definitely recommend biking this route to anyone who is interested and for those looking for a faster and less active version, you can always take a bus.
Hi! My name is Jordan Gurkin and I am currently traveling around the U.S. and working for a non-profit called Compassion International. I just finished spending a year backpacking and teaching English in South America. I'm a travel blogger focused on bringing you budget travel advice, travel tips, and some of my recommendations on places to visit!
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