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San Martin de los Andes

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About San Martin de los Andes

San Martin de los Andes, in the Argentinian province of Neuguen lies at the foot of the Andes mountain range by the border with Chile and is regarded as a gateway to the Lanin National Park. Perfect for anyone looking for an outdoor adventure but from a quieter base - you don't come here to party all night long. The best places to stay in San Martin de los Andes offer access to a stunning landscape and a wide range of outdoor activities all year round.

San Martin was founded in 1898 as a centre for wood logging and husbandry and was modelled much like a European style alpine village. In 1937 the Lanin National Park was established (for which San Martin is the head quarters) and much of the original industry became obsolete. This forested park contains some of the most spectacular scenery in Patagonia, with numerous sparkling blue lakes, an extinct volcano and plenty of flora and fauna.

The 1970’s saw the advent of tourism. Chapelco (12 miles away) is one of South America’s top ski resorts and in spring this is a bird watching mecca - the South American Bird Fair is held here every November. In summer there is kayaking, mountain biking, trekking, horseriding and golf. San Martin is also renowned for arts and crafts and epicurean delicacies - there are lots of great restaurants showcasing both Patagonian and Argentinian cuisine.

what not to miss

  • The stunning Lanin National Park is nearby, a perfect place to explore the lovely outdoors in the foothills of the Andes
  • Explore some of the breathtaking Patagonian scenery
  • The great Argentinian and Patagonian cuisine

Our pick of the best places to stay in San Martin de los Andes are both outside town, but ideal properties for making the most of this stunning location.

For getting back to nature

  • Rio Hermoso is a charming lodge in an enviable location set in pine forest beside a crystal clear river. The rooms have large glass windows with views to match. It is all very cosy - open fires, stone walls and pine. An ideal spot for walking and fly fishing.

For a luxury ranch

  • Estancia Huechahue is a boutique ranch set amid 15,000 acres! Rooms are cosy and traditional and the food is excellent. Come here for a luxury cowboy experience.

for an apartment or villa

  • If you've decided that a self catering property would be more suitable for your holiday, then we recommend you visit our online booking partner Booking.com where they have a wide selection for all tastes and budgets.

travel information

  • The nearest airport to San Martin de los Andes is Chapelco (23 km away) with domestic connections to Buenos Aires.
  • The best time of year to visit is between November and March, in the southern hemisphere summer. Temperatures range from 12-16 degrees celsius on average.
  • If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars for the best prices.

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    Best Hotels in San Martin de los Andes

    • Rio Hermoso 7 rooms from £218

      San Martin de los Andes (Parque Nacional Lanin)

      A charming lodge with an enviable location besides a picture-perfect river and surrounded by gorgeous forests and mountains. Large glass windows allow for constant admiring of the views. Fireplaces, pine furniture and exposed stone give a cosy feel. The perfect spot to get back to nature.

      Back to Nature  -  A quaint lodge nestled amidst rugged pine forests and surrounded by mountains.
      Great walks  -  Spend hours wandering through the forest, following the river and admiring the mountains.
      Fishing  -  Take a course in fly-fishing.
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
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    • Estancia Huechahue 8 rooms from £614

      San Martin de los Andes (The Lake District)

      A boutique ranch property set in 15,000-acres. Rooms are smart yet maintain a traditional feel with warm hues, parquet flooring and private verandas. Spend days riding horses before returning to some seriously good Argentine dishes. A glorious opportunity to get back to nature.

      Active Holiday  -  Play at being a Gaucho whilst galloping across the flats at the foothills of the Andes.
      Fishing  -  Fly-fish for wild brown trout on the River Alumine.
      Restrictions on children  -  Over 16s are welcome.
      Swimming Pool  -  Plunge pool.
      Recommended by  -  I Escape
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