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The National Park Lago Puelo is one of the most beautiful and unique reserves of PatagoniaThe Lago Puelo National Park  is a national park of Argentina, located in the northwest of the province of Chubut, in the Patagonia.

It has an area of 276.74 km². It was created in order to protect its wonderful landscape and the Valdivian flora, as an annex to the Los Alerces National Park, and declared National Park and independent reserve in 1971.


The National Lago Puelo.

The protected area is named after the Puelo Lake, and belongs to the Patagonic forest and steppes and High Andes eco-regions, with maximum heights of two hundred meters over sea level.

The mountainous zone where the park lies was modified by the action of glaciers, which created many rivers and lakes, including the one (Puelo Lake) that gives the park its name. The rivers of the region show high levels of glacier sediment (silt), which gives Puelo Lake its blue color.

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Climate.

The climate is cold and wet, although more temperate than other parks in the region.Mean temperatures range from 5 °C (41.0 °F) in winter to 17 °C (62.6 °F) in summer. Mean annual precipitation is around 1,400 mm (55 in), most of it being concentrated between May to August. Occasionally, snowfall can occur during the coldest months.

Flora and Fauna.

Some of the flora of the park belongs to the Valdivian rain forests (avellano, tique, lingue, ulmo). It also includes the ciprés de la cordillera, the coihue, the lenga, the radal, and the arrayán. The rosa mosqueta is an exotic plant.

The fauna includes the pudú, the huemul, the red fox, the cougar, and the coipo. Among birds we find the huala, the pato vapor volador, the bandurria, the pitío and the zorzal patagónico. The lake features native fish such as the perca, the peladilla and the puyén grande, and foreign species of trout.

History.

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The south of Chile and Argentina is a hiker’s dream.

The melange of craggy mountains crowned with glaciers and glistening with waterfalls, scrubland dotted with pale glacial lakes, flowering meadows, marshlands, and windblown cliffs that skirt the Magellan Strait present countless opportunities for exploration on foot.

 Mt. Fitzroy starts to clear, just 1.5 hours walk, one way, from El Chalten in Parque Nacional Los Glacieres. From day hikes to a week-long trek around Tierra Del Fuego’s most inhospitable mountain range, here are our five favourite hikes in the region.

El Chalten Activities.

El Chalten ( pop. 140 and growing rapidly), a tiny and imperfectly formed village four hours by bus from El Calafate gives easy access to possibly Argentina's best hiking, ice treks and climbing in the Andean peaks of Los Glaciares National Park in Patagonia.
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Hiking.

Mt. Fitzroy is the undisputed king of this castle, with Cerro Torre next in line.
The walks are magnificent, well marked and range from about one hour to seven hours (one-way), with most around three or four hours one-way. The average gradient rise during that time is about 300metres.

Other areas with first-class mountain hikes in Argentina are Ushuaia, Bariloche and Mendoza.
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A typically easy hiking trail in the El Chalten area. And no altitude problem!
The Rio de las Vueltas flood plain in the centre and backed by the Cordon de los Condores mountain range. Of course, if you prefer a tough trekking challenge there are plenty of hikes that will ring your bell!

Best Hiking Season.

The very best hiking months in Patagonia are March and November with fewer bugs, neither too hot nor too cold, no snow on trails but snow up high.
Summer is OK and runs from December to February but the narrow trails get congested, facilities are more costly, big bugs appear and plenty of them, and hiking becomes warm work. Winter is from May-August with snow in the valley and deep drifts higher up.
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A hiking trail in the next valley to El Chalten.
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Argentina's newest town/village, El Chalten.

Chalten Village.

Hurriedly slapped together in 1985 to claim the land before Chile could get their hands on it, Argentina's El Chalten is an uncontrolled mess of randomly sized, styled and placed buildings in varied materials and colours, replete with half-dug trenches, dangling cables and carpets of dandelions. El Chaos would be a better name for the place. This is tragic because the location is totally magical and deserves a coherent, well-constructed base, not a half-assed mishmash of partly-assembled junk.

Is there a governor out there? If so, he should be strapped to Fitzroy's heights until his head clears.
On the positive side, there are some excellent people, hostels and eateries in El Chalten and the trekking is stupendous.

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Mt Fitzroy - from a different angle - and two of the Lago de Los Tres. Photo by Chris Schoenbohm.

This is a longer route to Mt Fitzroy than the photo at top, curving around to approach from the west. Ours was about 8 miles round trip while the Lago de Los Tres is about 15 miles (25kms) with a 700m vertical. That neatly demostrates the versatility of El Chalten's hikes - same base, same destination, same rock and awe - but one pair of easygoing hikers versus one group of trail-hardened trekkers.
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Cerro Torre on the right and Glacier Grande on the left, a three hour hike, one way from El Chalten.

Hiking is the clearly favourite activity in the Andes foothills around El Chalten. 


The walks are as easy or difficult as you choose to make them. We're not hardened hikers but really enjoyed the cool - but not cold - reasonably flat trails up to the Andes range, taking from a couple of hours return to eight hours, depending on how much time was 'wasted' just looking at the incredible panoramas. We stayed away from actual snow walking but got very close.

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Fly fishing is another popular activity in Patagonia.
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And then there's cycling...Photo by Jason Hollinger
Read also: The Piltriquitron is considered a reservoir of positive energy.
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....or horseback riding, pony trekking, whatever, four legs good...
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...or even bird watching apparently, though we didn't see many twitterers.
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The Intihuasi Caves are located in the Coronel Pringles Department integrating the Comechingones mountain system.

The importance of this location helps us to understand the culture of Ayampintín, because it is located between the agro-pottery cultures of the Northwest and those of hunters of the Pampa-Patagonia.
Lnti huasi means in Quechua "house of the sun".

A large arcade served as a defense against the summer sun and the winter rains .

This arcade being the driest and most luminous place of the whole cavern, should have been the meeting place of the inhabitants who had settled it in the different times.

The man came to these places when temperatures had reached such extremes that they generated a process of desertification and the Lakes Basin was greatly diminished.

The INTI HUASI disappeared to reappear 300 years later, in 5,900 BC , when the region had acquired its current physiognomy, to dedicate itself to the hunting and harvesting of fruits, such as those of the algarrobo.

From that moment, the life in the territory puntano was transformed and was reduced to the margins of the Sierras de San Luis.


Read also: Guide of spas and streams in Merlo, Sun and beautiful landscapes.


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Merlo is located in the Department of Junín, within the province of San Luis , is one of the microclimates of the world, the city with the best environmental quality in the country.

In addition to its beautiful landscapes in Merlo you can enjoy the summer in its spas and streams . Here we offer you a practical guide with its locations and characteristics so that you can enjoy the full summer in Villa Merlo .
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Streams.
Arroyo El Molino : 4 Km. From the center of Merlo, by Route Nº 5, in Rincon del Este.In the building there is Confectionery-Restaurant. Access to the stream: free. Towards the sierra is the Salto del Tabaquillo, waterfall of 15 meters in height.
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Arroyo Pasos Malos : Climbing along the paved road from Avenida Dos Venados and continue up to the end of the road where the Godoy family property (parking is charged) and from there go down to the stream that has its springs in the Sierras de los Comechingones. You can reach the Forgotten Waterfall by going up the stream with a qualified guide.
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Arroyo San Miguel : Passing Cortaderas, about 4 km further on, always by Provincial Route No. 1.Entering the street that passes to the side of the Chapel you can enter this arroyo.tiene sandy beaches and the waters are more temperate.
Read also: The 8000-year-old Intihuasi Caves are the oldest in the region.
Spas.
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Municipal Recreation Center of Villa de Merlo : On Avenida del Ciprés, 7 blocks from Plaza Central, this spa has: large pool and another for children, sports playground, stage, sanitary and confectionery. You can enter the property without charge but the access to the pool is charged.
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Balneario Municipal El Rincón : On Av. De los Césares 2095. The flow of the Juan Perez Stream, provides water to this pool. Under the shade of the willows, on the banks of the arroyito, there are roasters, tables and sidewalks, behind the confectionery hall There is sanitarios.Se can camp by paying the stay.
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Balneario Municipal de Carpintería: S e is located 7 Km. From Villa de Merlo, by Provincial Route No. 1 and up by pavement another 3 km. Towards the mountains, there is the spa within the campground that has: barbecue, sanitary. In season is charged entrance.
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