Escorial, San Martin de los Andes

Tread carefully across a river of solidified lava at Escorial. Created by a volcano eruption around 400 years ago, the lava trail spans 7.5 km (4.7 mi), flowing into Lake Epulafquen. Walk along the smooth path that has been laid on top of the lava flow, and look out at the expanse of once molten rock on either side of you. Wear appropriate footwear, such as hiking boots, if you do decide to step off the path to walk across the lava; the rough terrain could easily cause you to roll an ankle if you're not careful. Plan to visit Escorial and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended San Martin de los Andes attractions using our San Martin de los Andes trip builder site .
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  • In our case we arrive to El Escorial sailing through the catamaran José Julián that departs from the pier of Puerto Canoa, on Lake Huechulafquen. To Puerto Canoa we arrive from San Martin de los Andes by car via the National Route 40, paved and the Provincial Route 61, with an extensive stretch of gravel, with many sectors in disrepair. During sailing, which lasts about 1 hour 40 minutes you can observe amazing landscapes of forests and the fully transparent lake waters. Unfortunately the day we made the visit was very cloudy, with drizzle and we could not see the top of the Lanín. El Escorial is a solidified lava tongue about 8 km long, originated by the eruption of the Achen Niyeu volcano around 400 years ago. This river of solidified lava reaches the lake and over time the same species of trees of the area were developed, but of small size, as if they were bonsai. The catamaran is comfortable, has a guide that provided very solid explanations and navigation costs $1,000 and $800 for retirees. In our opinion it is a highly recommended walk.
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  • It's an expensive ride, but it's worth it because it's a unique place. There's no other forest. there is a discount for retirees. and the view of Lanin Volcano from the boat is amazing.
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  • Only time I see a drop of lava in contact with a lake. In addition, a forest of centuries-old dwarf trees very picturesque. The trail goes to the lake, it's not complicated, you have to do it.
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  • Amazing place the trip is long but well worth it
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