Even though in reality it’s called The Seven Lakes Road, you get the feeling that there’s thousands of lakes around here. You can’t even make the end of one from the beginning of another. We already realised it a few days ago that the main ‘attractions’ of Ruta40 for us, are lakes. In the beginning we were absolutely fascinated, but now we kind of got used to these views.
I was very happy with our plan for today. We were supposed to drive the Road of Seven Lakes towards Villa la Angostura. I was happy that it was only 100 km, a perfect distance which looked very promising and charming on paper. We left San Martin de Los Andes a bit late, past 10 am. We know we don’t have to hurry, but we want to have lunch in Villa la Angostura.
After we leave the town, it gets more and more picturesque with every kilometre. Mountains, blue waters of the lakes, forests… The name of the valley suggests ‘seven’ lakes, but in reality, there’s many more here. Often, you cannot tell where one lake ends and the other starts. For the first time on our trip through Ruta40, we feel that we’re in a touristic place. There’s people here. Not crowds, but people in general. And we haven’t seen much of them since Mendoza. They stop by – like we do – and enjoy the charm of the valley.
Initially, the weather is great, but as we approach Villa la Angostura, we notice more and more clouds. It gets much colder and in order to show Amelia the lake, I have to dress her heavily. We come close so we can touch the water. I haven’t felt such cold water ever.
These seven lakes are: Lácar, Machónico, Falkner, Villarino, Escondido, Correntoso and Espejo. Are they worth stopping by? Probably not, even though each of them is situated a little bit differently and despite the first impression, they don’t look the same. All of them are glacial lakes. We’ve seen some of them. There’s much more than seven by the road, so be prepared to see even more lakes. On a few occasions we pulled over, on few others we drove along. A good place for a short trip.
We arrive in Villa la Angostura more or less as planned. It’s a little that seems very crowded to us. We’re having problems finding a place to park our car and everyone is honking around here.. Anyway, we’re going to spend at least two days here.