Argentina’s Road of the Seven Lakes
With over 1 million square miles of terrain, including snow-capped mountains,
crashing coastlines, grand deserts, lush rainforest, and rural countrysides, Argentina’s landscape is vast and varied. Framed by the Andes on the west, the world’s longest mountain range, lies peaks, valleys and glaciers that set the stage for a colorful diversity in Argentina’s crystal water lakes.
We’ve rounded up a few of Argentina’s most stunning multi-colored lakes below all ranging from deep blues, sunlit emeralds, to translucent sapphires. They can be easily visited along one of the most scenic drives in Argentina known as the Road of the Seven Lakes, a beautiful stretch of the country’s legendary Route 40 linking the towns of San Martín de los Andes to Villa La Angostura.
Lake Nahuel Huapi: Boasting transparent waters, this deep blue lagoon is located in Bariloche — a charming town in Northern Patagonia known for its Swiss-influenced architecture and chocolate. Islands surround this glacial lake, making its resorts the most popular places to stay in the district.
Lake Espejo: The name, which translates as “Mirror Lake”, says it all. Nature-lovers travel far and wide to the southern Neuquén Province just to get a glimpse of the region’s rugged mountains & blue sky replicated in this glacial tectonic lake. Warm, calm waters make this a famous spot in the summertime, with watersports and fly-fishing being the most popular activities.
Lake Correntoso: Located in Villa La Angostura, this lake’s snow-melted waters travel to Lake Nahuel Huapi via the Correntoso River, which is known as the world’s shortest river. Look past Lake Correntoso’s shades of jade and you’ll see the region’s biodiversity, including rainbow and brook trouts. Visitors can head here for the day and enjoy various beach activities or sleep under the stars at one of the lake’s camping sites.
Lake Escondido: For a deeper sense of tranquility, venture off to Patagonia’s best kept secret, Lake Escondido or “Hidden Lake”. Take in captivating views of the emerald-colored water from above, as the lake is quite difficult to reach. For those who love a challenge, access the lake via horseback and expect to travel a few days along a rugged path or if time is money, spend the latter and fly by helicopter.
Lake Villarino: Sporting layers of greens and blues, this lagoon is a popular place for fishing. Travelers and locals search still water for trout amongst the backdrop of Cerro Crespo’s snowy peaks. Stay for the sunset and see the water mirror the sky with hues of purple and orange, then settle in at a grassy campground located along the shore.
Lake Falkner: Named after an eighteenth century English missionary who studied the Patagonia region, Lake Falkner greets its visitors with khaki-colored seagrass and a long sandy beach. Hikers can make their way through the Cerro Falkner trail, traveling just under 5.5 miles for spectacular vistas. North of the lake, wanders may pass Cascada Vullignanco, a 65-foot waterfall.
Lake Machónico: Derived from Mapuche, the lake’s indigenous name refers to the small crabs living among the shore. The lagoon is surrounded by a plethora of foliage — green, yellow, and red shades reflect in the water and change throughout the seasons. The small size of the lake makes it ideal for water activities, such as kayaking and canoeing, which are available year-round.