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O'Higgins Lake in Chile and San Martin Lake in Argentina

Among the many lakes found in Argentina and Chile, San Martin Lake / O'Higgins is something apart.
It is located in a glacial basin in the Andes of Patagonia, contains the most irregular route of the large lakes of Patagonia. It is subdivided into eight branches: Cancha Rayada, Chacabuco, Maipú and la Lancha that are in Argentina.

The navigation is very dangerous because of the usual strong winds.

In the Chilean side, we have the O'Higgins glacier, the most imposing of Patagonia, flows into the lake.

Here, the Southern Patagonia landscapes are like we imagine: vast, idyllic scenery, turquoise waters, volcanic rock with strange shapes, almost permanent wind, no human scent on the horizon, a feeling of freedom and all of that, with the Andes as a backdrop.

Lovers of wide open spaces succumb to such beauty!

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Patagonia in all seasons menu. For example, according to the climate, from Bariloche, in Patagonia Argentina, it is possible to go to Puerto Montt, in Chile, crossing successively three lakes by boat, as did the Jesuits and the first German settlers. I offer a tour that leads to the Pacific Ocean. It is quite long, but the beauty of the sites - forests, volcanoes and crystalline lakes - is such that it is worth to be carried. The Argentine side, cross the west arm of Nahuel Huapi and Lake Puerto Alegre and, the chilen side, Lake Todos los Santos. Moving from one lake to another by bus. This tour is feasible in all seasons, but in winter, it takes two days to reach Puerto Montt, stopping for one night at Peulla. We returned to Bariloche by air or by the same way, after a night in Puerto Montt. Borispatagonia is also responsible for visas to go to Chile and to book hotels. In Patagonia, winter and summer are tourist seasons. In summer, besides explore the surrounding, many activities are available: climbing, torrent fishing, sailing, horseback riding, hiking, rides, visits to Aciendas... In winter, the main activity is, of course, skiing, especially in July and August on the side of the Andes, but not only: snowshoe hikes, thematic tours, many walks to admire the beauty of Patagonia Argentina and Chile in this season, due a unique light, the warmth of the people of Patagonia... Just to talk about, I get goose bumps!