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Lanin National Park


Lake Quillén, Lanín National Park

Lanín National Park is located to the southwest of the Neuquen Province, of the Republic of Argentina; bordered by Chile to the west and touching the Nahuel Huapi National Park in the southernmost region. The land measures 379,00 hectares (909,600 acres) and was created in 1937 with the purpose of preserving its ecosystems and natural landscape. For example, there is a presence of trees that don't grow in other parts of Argentina; the "pehuén" (araucaria in Chile), the "roble pellín" (type of endemic oak), and the "raulí" (evergreen beech). Its name originates from the Lanin Volcano, "lanin" is Mapuche for "dead rock". 


The park possesses an extremely significant valley with 24 lakes formed from glaciers, a landscape typical of the southern region of the Andes mountain range. There are also different strands of mountains branching from the Andes whose peaks decrease in altitude towards the east, and where the land softens and there are more undulating hills. The highest altitude is the Lanin, at 3,776 m (12,385 ft) above sea level. There are countless lakes and abundant rivers that empty into the Atlantic Ocean, except the ones that form the basin of the Lacar Lake, which empty into the Pacific Ocean through the Hua Hum River. Among the vegetable species, the pehuen or araucaria stand out and the fauna include the "pudu", the smallest deer in the world. 

 

Location
To the southwest of the Neuquén Province, The Lakes District.
When to go
Year-round.
Attractions
El Escorial, Lahuén-Co Hot Springs, Lake Tromen, Lake Rucachoroi.
Huechulafquen, Villa Quila Quina
How to get there
You can arrive from San Martín de los Andes by taking National Route #234. By plane, flights arrive to the Chapelco Airport, 24 km (15 mi) from San Martín de los Andes. Towards Chile there are three passages that reach the park, Paso de Carirriñe (Carirriñe Pass), by way of Provincial Route # 62; Paso Tromen, by way of Provincial Route # 60; and Paso Río Hua-Hum, by way of Provincial Route # 48.                             Activities
Sport fishing, some places allow nautical sports, excursions, camping.
Services
None.
Surroundings
Aluminé, Junín de los Andes, San Martín de los Andes, Villa Traful,
Villa La Angostura and Bariloche (Argentina). Nearby Areas                                             Pucón, Villarrica, Valdivia, Temuco and Osorno (Chile)
Climate
Annual precipitation reaches 1,800 mm (70 in). The rainiest month in June, with snowfall between May and October. The driest month is January. The prevailing winds blow from the west, and their velocity fluctuates between 15 and 25 km per hour (9 and 15 mi/h) in the summer. 

 

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