To visit Quila Quina beach and village, located about 17 km from San Martín de los Andes and on the shores of Lake Lácar, is one of the essential places to visit in the surrounding area of the city.
🔎 Check here the quide to travel to San Martín de los Andes.
The Quila Quina beach, on the shores of Lake Lácar, is the main attraction of San Martín de los Andes during the summer season. The beach is stony and the water of the lake is very clear.
There are many trails for low-impact trekking that take you to waterfalls and even to the mouth of the Grande River in the lake.
It is a place to simply relax in nature, picnic and enjoy the natural surroundings.
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How to get to Quila Quina from San Martín de los Andes?
To visit Quila Quina beach there are two options:
- By private car, head out of town on RN 40 in the direction of Villa La Angostura, that is, the beginning of the Seven Lakes Route. Once you take the detour, it is about 11 km of gravel road. The good thing about doing it by car, is to stop on the way to observe the views of the lake.
- By catamaran of the shipping company LacaryNonthue, it departs from the main pier of San Martín de los Andes and last about 30-minute to get to Quila Quina. It has three daily departures and the price is 650 pesos. If you want more information about catamaran schedules and prices, you can check here (in Spanish).
📷 Check also this tour in Spanish to visit Villa Quila Quina and the Mapuche communities of Curruhuinca, book your place!
Services in Quila Quina beach
Quila Quina has public restrooms, a little-priced restaurant for lunch, campsites to spend the night by the lakeside and a handicraft stall. For more comfort, there are nice cabins to stay in.
Admission fee to visit Quila Quina beach
In order to access Quila Quina, usually an entrance fee of 150 pesos (April 2019) is charged by the Mapuche community that live there. Sometime happens that when arriving there is no one charging and it is free.