Siete de Los Lagos

Trip Start Nov 16, 2007
Trip End Dec 02, 2007

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Sorry we are lagging on some of these postings, but some of them take a lot of work and, well, we're on vacation.  Also, remember to click on email updates if you want an email when we put up a new post. lastly, the pics we weave in the blog are just a few of ones we have shot. check out the rest under see more photos/videos.

After reluctantly leaving our lakeside hotel, we headed off for an all day drive on the Ruta de los Siete Lagos.  Its a 65 mile drive that cuts through a scenic wonderland of lakes, waterfalls, forests, rivers and mountains. It passes through two of Argenina's largest and most stunning National Parks (Lanin and Nahuel Huapi).

The weather was perfect again - about 78 degrees.  What we weren't expecting was that most of the journey would be on dirt roads.

The Chevy Corsa was pretty tough, but I was a little worried if he was up to it.  He was.

Our pictures don't do this area justice.  It was one of the most amazing scenic road trips we've ever taken.

We started be travelling along Nahuel Huapi Lake, the lake we have been on since we arrived in Bariloche.  Its a HUGE lake and every side has a unique view.

Soon after, we hit the dirt road we'd be on for most of the drive.  

We stopped often to check out the views, take pictures, etc.  Here was one of our first stops along the river.

We took a detour along the drive to Villa Traful, a small town on Lake Traful.  It turned into a 2 hour detour including lunch,
but it was so worth it.  Lake Traful was stunning, and we drove to an incredible view point call Vista Mirador.

Back on the road again, we hit lake
after lake,
then some waterfalls.

It was pretty ridiculous really. Lanin National Park had more pastures and open spaces.
. Oh yeah, and a volcano.

Our timing on this trip was great because it's late spring here, so the mountains are still snow capped, there are lots of big waterfalls, and hardly any tourists.  I think we saw 25 cars the entire day.  It was like having a national park all to ourselves!!  We left around 1pm, got to San Martin around 8pm AND we were bummed the drive was over.  That's how amazing it was.

We checked into our hotel
, went to a fondue dinner
and then went to bed.

The next morning we had breafast and then started our 3 hour drive back to Bariloche airport to return our rental car and get on a plane for El Calafate.  It was a shame, because the San Martin was really nice, Alpine style houses and log cabins among the surrounding forests.  According to Mapuche (the indigenous people) legend, God was roaming the earth, putting the final touches on his creation, when he tripped and fell in San Martin, spilling all of his best work over a single area.

The drive was beautiful, as usual, with great views of the Lanin Volcano.
As you can see, it's much more arid on this side.  So cool to experience all the different types of terrain. 
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