San Martín de los Andes, whose name pays tribute to the Liberator of the Nation, is one of the most dazzling and emblematic Andean cities in Argentinian Patagonia. The architecture of the town is Swiss in style and composed of stone and wood. Tight planning laws that restrict the height and style of new buildings mean than San Martin has held onto its lovely character and is a very picturesque place. The town has a good range of shops, restaurant and bars perfect for holidays in Argentina, but is much more laid back than nearby Bariloche.
Resting on the shores of Lake Lácar and surrounded by the majesty of the Lanín National Park, San Martín de los Andes can be used as a base for so many of the region's attractions. In the summer you can enjoy activities including mountain biking, canoeing, horseback riding, hiking, climbing and trout and salmon fly-fishing.
In the winter, the city is the perfect location for the practice of winter sports, such as ski and snowboarding with one of Argentina's top ski resorts located nearby.
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