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Lago Lacar 2-day trek from San Martin de los Andes

Lago Lacar 2-day trek from San Martin de los Andes
Lago Lacar 2-day trek from San Martin de los Andes

Follow Julian, AAGM certified mountain guide, all the way from San Martin de los Andes on this 2-day trek and discover the spectacular Lago Lacar!



2 Days

Jan - Mar, Sep - Dec




* Swim in the refreshing crystal clear waters of Lake Lacar.

* Enjoy a bonfire on the beach and rest under the open sky.

* Learn about the typical plants of the Valdivian jungle.


Come with me on this Lago Lacar 2-day trek where we’ll discover the spectacular Argentinean Patagonia and its many wonderful natural treasures!

Lago Lacar is located in the Lacar department of the province of Neuquén  and is protected by the Lanín National Park. Famous for its Patagonian Andean forest and the Valdivian forest, this lake is surrounded by spectacular bays, beaches and cliffs.

During this 2-day trek, we’ll walk all the way from the charming city of San Martin de los Andes to the Hua Hum area located next to the border with Chile. As we discover this magical natural environment, we will come across this lake’s many wonderful beaches, learn about this region’s flora and fauna and take our trekking skills to the next level!

Please keep in mind that even though this program is suitable for beginners, it’s essential that all participants are physically fit. For a more detailed description of the trip, take a look at the itinerary below!

This is a unique, fun and short trip, ideal for nature lovers who want to discover the beautiful Patagonia under expert guidance. So, if you are ready to join me on this  Lago Lacar 2-day trek, send your request!

Looking for more adventures in Argentina? You may also be interested in this 3-day guided trek in Lanin National Park.


Day 1: Puesto de Casanova – Ruca Ñire.

We’ll transfer by car (one hour) from San Martin de los Andes to the starting point of our trekking, a place known as Casanova. From here, we’ll start walking along the road and at 800 meters, we’ll cross along Arroyo Grande.

About 3km, we’ll find the beautiful Escondido Lake where we’ll find a signal that indicates how to reach Ruca Ñire. Once we cross a small stream we’ll start ascending a challenging track that will take us 20 minutes. Then, we’ll find El Toro Lagoon and continue walking through a forest of Cohiues, Oaks and Raulies. Finally, we’ll descend all the way down to the beautiful Lacar Lake and rest for a while at the beach.

Then, we’ll continue our journey along the lake where we’ll go through two streams and we’ll have access to several beaches on the lake until we reach Pampa de Ruca Ñire where we will rest for the night. This place has a charming beach and has a shelter, so it’s not necessary to load tents.

Day 2: Ruca Ñire – Hua Hum

From Ruca Ñire, we will start a gentle ascent and then continue with lower climbs and descents. During this part of the program, we’ll enjoy spectacular views the Lacar Lake and we’ll start to observe typical plants of the Valdivian jungle (Palo Santo, Arrayanes and Lianas)

Then, we’ll descend to the Paraje Pucará and continue towards Cachín. Once we cross the Chachín Bridge, we’ll start walking again along the road and we’ll arrive to the beautiful beach called Puerto Elvira. Then, we’ll ascend through a forest to reach the Hua Hum River Bridge.

When we cross the bridge, we’ll find the Van Dorser information center. From there and up to Hua Hum Inn, we have the last 500mts where a vehicle will be waiting for us to take us back to San Martin de los Andes (1 hour and a half).



More info

All participants should be at least 16 years old.

Necessary equipment:

*60 / 80lts backpack *Sleeping bag -5º / -10º *Insulated mattress *Coats *Sun hat *Rain jacket *Synthetic fabric clothing (3 shirts / 1 or 2 shims) *Polar jacket *Trekking pants *Footwear for water (crocs, sandals) *Swimwear *Gloves *Sunglasses with good UV filter *Warm stockings *Shoes or trekking boots *Trekking sticks *Sunscreen *Water bottle, minimum 2lts *Front headlight with new batteries *Personal hygiene items

  • Insect Repellent *2 plastic bags

Meeting point

San Martin de los Andes

About the guide

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Mountain Guide

Lives in San Martín de los Andes (North Patagonia) for 12 years now, but has worked as a mountain guide in the Glacier National Park leading expeditions to the Patagonian Southern Ice Field (22 times) and also to high mountains in Mendoza.

For several winters led groups in the mountains of the Cordillera Real in Bolivia and in the Cordillera Blanca and the Cordillera Huayhuash in Perú.

Now he works during summer guiding ascents to different volcanoes and also guides mountain bike tours. During winters works exclusively on avalanche training.





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