Escorial, San Martin de los Andes

#2 of 24 in Wildlife in Province of Neuquen
Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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  • Don't miss this, awsome nature fenomena involving magma, water and life. This nature so pure and wild.  more »
  • 1) Siete Lagos ( seven lakes ). From SM to Villa la Angostura. 60 miles on the way out, on a good, paved road ( a couple of miles unfinished ). 60 miles return, on the same road. Very good. Beautiful....  more »
  • 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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