After two days of exploring Bariloche and the surrounding area, we weren’t quite sure what would come next. We knew that we wanted to make it south to the town of El Bolson, and also wanted to spend some time exploring the area north of Bariloche known as the Seven Lakes Route. We woke up that Wednesday morning with no plan whatsoever, but with some help from our dear friends at Green House, we pulled something together quickly.

Santiago, manager of the hostel and extremely chill guy who soon became a good friend, helped us figure everything out. He helped us rent a car, figure out our route, and accompanied us part way along the beginning of our journey north through the Seven Lakes with a friend, and of course a thermos for maté.

 A map of the Seven Lakes Route

A map of the Seven Lakes Route

The Seven Lakes Route is one of the most famous circuits for driving, biking and camping in the Argentinian Patagonia, located in the area known as the “Lake District.” It is about 200 km from start to finish and links the town of San Martín de los Andes to Bariloche. They call it the Seven Lakes Route, but we counted way more lakes than that. This was the first time we had our own wheels in South America and there is truly nothing better than blasting amazing music with the windows down, stopping whenever you want to and being surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery you have ever seen.

We could try to describe it to you in words, but we think pictures may be the only way to do it justice. 

 Our road trip buddies, Juan and Santiago (with our rental car, Clio, making an appearance in the background) !

Our road trip buddies, Juan and Santiago (with our rental car, Clio, making an appearance in the background) !

 Welcome to Villa la Angostura. We loved this sign!

Welcome to Villa la Angostura. We loved this sign!

 Stopping for a photo in front of Rio Correntoso, connecting Lago Correntoso and Lago Nahuel Huapi.

Stopping for a photo in front of Rio Correntoso, connecting Lago Correntoso and Lago Nahuel Huapi.

 Lago Correntoso... Look at how clear the water is!!!

Lago Correntoso... Look at how clear the water is!!!

 Rio Correntoso is magnificent :)

Rio Correntoso is magnificent :)

 The Fisherman Path

The Fisherman Path

 These yellow flowers grow wild all over Patagonia, including Chile, and smell like peaches! We love them very much. They will be missed. 

These yellow flowers grow wild all over Patagonia, including Chile, and smell like peaches! We love them very much. They will be missed. 

 Fisherman fishing. Lauren accidentally got too close and got whipped in the face by his fly.

Fisherman fishing. Lauren accidentally got too close and got whipped in the face by his fly.

 Fisherman Path part 2 continued. 

Fisherman Path part 2 continued. 

 Lago Espejo. We swam here and it was COLD. Leg-numbingly cold. 

Lago Espejo. We swam here and it was COLD. Leg-numbingly cold. 

 A lost flower on Lago Espejo

A lost flower on Lago Espejo

 Bridge over troubled waters. JK the waters are very calm and collected. 

Bridge over troubled waters. JK the waters are very calm and collected. 

 Trees leading down to our favorite lake, Lago Espejo. 

Trees leading down to our favorite lake, Lago Espejo. 

 Did you know 'espejo' means mirror?

Did you know 'espejo' means mirror?

 This picture's just fine, but we wanted to show you Lago Villarino. 

This picture's just fine, but we wanted to show you Lago Villarino. 

 These trees rock!

These trees rock!

 Cascada... okay we'll be honest we know it starts with a V. Couldn't tell you the rest of the name. 

Cascada... okay we'll be honest we know it starts with a V. Couldn't tell you the rest of the name. 

 Finishing day 1 in San Martin de los Andes overlooking Lago Lacar. No joke, sun set at 9:30 pm.

Finishing day 1 in San Martin de los Andes overlooking Lago Lacar. No joke, sun set at 9:30 pm.

 View overlooking the valley leaving San Martin de los Andes. 

View overlooking the valley leaving San Martin de los Andes. 

 Little Isa, big world. 

Little Isa, big world. 

 Our road trip box of supplies: maté, leaky thermos, maté gourd, bombilla, and plenty of ham n' cheese. (And dirty clothes)

Our road trip box of supplies: maté, leaky thermos, maté gourd, bombilla, and plenty of ham n' cheese. (And dirty clothes)

 We drove an hour each way on an unpaved road to get to Lago Traful. Definitely worth it, but we weren't sure if the car would make it. 

We drove an hour each way on an unpaved road to get to Lago Traful. Definitely worth it, but we weren't sure if the car would make it. 

 More Lago Traful. It was awesome!

More Lago Traful. It was awesome!

 The booming town of Villa Traful. Population: 1 (from what we could tell)

The booming town of Villa Traful. Population: 1 (from what we could tell)

 The windy side of Lago Traful.

The windy side of Lago Traful.

 Driving back into Bariloche (you can see it in the very distance) overlooking Lago Nahuel Huapi. 

Driving back into Bariloche (you can see it in the very distance) overlooking Lago Nahuel Huapi. 

 Couldn't have done without our homegirl, trusty Clio.

Couldn't have done without our homegirl, trusty Clio.

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