Chapelco – San Martin de Los Andes, Argentina
You may know this sleepy Argentine town from the movie The Motorcycle Diaries. The pass that leads from San Martin de los Andes into Chile is where Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara crossed the Andes on his famous motorcycle journey in the 1950’s. Today the town continues to exude its relaxed lakeside charm and its tourist infrastructure provides plenty for all tastes. San Martin is a 20-minute drive to Chapelco Ski/Snowboard Resort.
Chapelco is a family orientated mountain with some of the best tree skiing in South America. Its lengue forests provide a unique opportunity to ski non-alpine terrain in a continent where most of its slopes are above tree line. Chapelco also accesses some fantastic wide-open off-piste terrain from the top of its lifts.
The resort has a very homey feel with some great restaurants tucked away on its slopes. Spectacular views of the massive Volcan Lanin and Lascar Lake make for a stunning backdrop. The resort and town are quaint and laid-back and small enough to be charming, but big enough to appease a wide variety of interests and abilities. Our accommodation, Hotel Caupolican is an elegant hotel with lots of character, a very friendly staff, and in the center of San Martin.
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