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In the Andean cordillera to the north of Patagonia an area of pictorial beauty exists, with snow-covered mountains, waterfalls, lagoons colored, immense navigable lakes and forests of charm, framed by this exuberant scenery is the beautiful and picturesque Bariloche, with the appearance of a typical alpine city. It is the National Park Nahuel Huapi, one of the most important of Argentina, that receives more than half millions of visitors every year, for us to enjoy the a lot of options of proportionate activities for the privileged geography, and for the very defined seasons.
The park counts with 705.000 hectares of area, and her landscape and typical of mountain with sharp and abrupt relief of volcanic origin, snow-covered picks, you are worth and glaciers that originate the numerous courses of water that form the lagoons and the lakes. The altitudes arrive to 3.700 meters. In the valleys they are the calls sub-Antarctic forests, that they are extensive and humid forests formed for you hoist as the coihues, alerces, cypresses and nires that they reach high load, with the increase of the altitude entered in the transition forests with the same species put of such minor, starting from 1.600 meters of altitude the dominant vegetation is the lengas, strong and thickset bushes and twisted by the wind. The most representative species of the fauna are the puma, the boar, the visón, the beaver, the deer pudu, huemul and the red deer, among the birds have the condor and the endemic matamico and Araucanian paloma.
This imposing scenery, of priceless ecological value, took the naturalist Perito Francisco Pascasio Moreno in 1903 to do a generous donation of lands destined to the preservation. His dream if it turned reality after 31 years when the National Park Nahuel Huapi was created, that in the indigenous language Mapuche means Island of the Tiger.
The picture shows it take refuge Lopes in I saw it of same name, that is at 3 hours of walk leaving of the begin of the trail. Her very close location Bariloche, and for conserving snow in his top during whole the summer, he does with that it is one of the refuges more visited.
The refuges were built during the pioneers' explorations for if they protect against unfavorable climatic conditions, in the course of time they were enlarged and they started to offer services that went getting better progressively, today they offer rustic lodging and great food, considering the difficult access, and they are also a great encounter point for the adventurers. Usually the refuges have areas of free camping, and a lot of attractions in their roundness.
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