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Nahuel Huapi National Park




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Overview
The Nahuel Huapi National Park, or "Island of the Tiger" in the mapuche language, is a true jewel of Argentina, one of the oldest, most beautiful parks in the country. Carved from ancient glaciers, the park's spectacular 1,754,000 acres is filled with scenic lakes, rivers, valleys, meadows, Valdivia forests and wildflowers, an absolute treat for nature lovers and sports enthusiasts alike. Spread across the Rio Negro and Neuquen provinces, Nahuel Huapi National Park is a sight to behold in all seasons; springtime brings melting snow and dozens of waterfalls, while winter means plenty of opportunities for skiers, particularly at Cerro Cathedral. The High Andes, the habitat of the condor, the humid forest and the undulating steppes demonstrate the array of atmospheric zones present in Patagonia, all the more enjoyable with an abundance of paths for strolling, biking, mountaineering, or horseback riding. Numerous historical milestones dating back some 10,000 years also draw in visitors, as does the glacier at Perito Moreno and the iceburg-dotted lakes. Such breathtaking sights, unique excursions and recreational activities make the Nahuel Huapi National Park a sight that cannot be missed.

The Terrain
The beautiful southern Andes allocate breathtaking views for the Park's visitors. The highest summit peaks at 3554 meters above sea level; named Tronador Mountain, or Thunderous Mountain, it is so called due to the large cracking of enormous masses of ice at its peak. Other outstanding mountains include the Crespo, Cuyin, Manzano, Campana, Bastion, and Lopez, with heights oscillating between 1800 and 2400 meters. Also distinguishable to the east are the Otto and Ventana mountains and the Nirihuau Range.

Deep valleys and ravines allow for crossing to Chile; the best known passes are Puyehue, Perez Rosales, and Los Vuriloches, used by the natives in ancient times. The most important basin is the 600000 hectare Nahuel Huapi, giving the park its name. Lakes and large rivers, fed by melting glaciers and snow, flow to the oceans, and the beautiful Victoria Island stands out in the middle along with a few other minor islands. The eminent Manso River is located on the southern limits of the park, along with lagoons such as La Negra, Schmoll, and Jocob.

The Park's dominant biomass is the Sub Antarctic Forest, containing native trees such as the cypress and the cohiue, and a variety of exotic animals, such as the puma and the red deer, in addition to birds of prey and various species of fish.

More Attractions
A particularly striking attraction can be found at the mouth of the Frias River, coming from the lagoon of the same name into the westernmost part of the Blest Sound in the Nahuel Nuapi Lake. Here, pristine blue waters mix with the green waters of the Frias River for a particularly breathtaking sight. Another spectacular view can be found at the Vantage Point, called Mirador, a cliff plunging straight into Traful Lake. In addition, Valle Encantado holds unique weather-eroded rock formations worth a visit, such as the "God's Finger," "The Castle," and "The Penitent." Skiing, mountaineering, hiking, sports fishing, and rafting are the main sports practiced at the Park.

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