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.
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.