The Nahuel Huapi National Park, which in the
mapuche language means "Island of the Tiger" is one of
the oldest parks in Argentina, founded in 1934. Judge Francisco Pascasio Moreno
first donated land on November 6,
1903, allowing it to become the first national park, formerly called "Del Sur"
(from the South). The origin and formation of this park launched the creation of the
Argentinean National Park System.
The park is located to the southeast of the Province of Neuquén
and to the northeast of the Province of Río Negro. It covers some
710,000 hectares (1,754,000 acres) of land, protecting a large
section of the Andean region to the north of the Argentinean
Patagonia. Here you can identify the individual aspects of the
Patagonia that comprise its atmosphere, such as the zone of the
High Andes; the habitat of the condor, located at 1,600 meters (5,250
ft) high; the humid forest, a region where there is
abundant rain and warm temperatures; transitional forests, where
you will find cypresses in the mountain range; and the steppes, a
large area with an undulating landscape, strong winds and scarce
amounts of rain during the summer. The park offers the opportunity
to witness evidence of past cultures dating back some 10,000
years, with numerous historical milestones demonstrating the
important archaeological value that it possesses. Additionally,
you have the chance to visit unique places and go on excursions,
trips, and take part in recreational activities all year long. The
park has numerous paths where you can stroll, ride a bike, go
horseback riding, and also has special areas to stay and places to
camp out and go mountaineering.
Located to the southeast of the Neuquén Province and to
the northeast of the Río Negro Province.
When to go
Nahuel Huapi Lake, Otto mountain, Tronador mountain, Ski
center of Catedral mountain, Port Blest, Victoria Island,
Camino de los Siete Lagos (Seven Lakes Path), Port Frias.
How to get there
You can get there from Bariloche on National Route # 234 (from
San Martín de Los Andes) and National Route # 231(or Los 7 Lagos). You can also arrive from San Martín de
los Andes by Provincial Route # 63. By plane, arrive at
the Bariloche airport.
Excursions, camping, archaeological tours of interest,
kayaking, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, rafting.
Accommodations, food, transport.
San Carlos de Bariloche, Lanín National Park, Los
Arrayanes National Park, Los Alerces, Puelo Lake, Perito
Moreno Lake, Neuquén, Río Negro (Black River).
The annual precipitation decreases from west to east, from
4,000 mm (157 inches) in Puerto Blest, to 500 mm (20 inches)
on the Coast of the Limay River. The prevailing winds blow from