Two recently created national parks in Argentina and Chile represent the essence of everything Patagonia is about. On this corner in Southern South America, there is a new touristic circuit covering both countries and sharing a name that says it all: Patagonia National Park. In this post we are going to tell you about the Argentinian side of these amazing areas and everything it has to offer.
The Patagonian Steppe is the ecoregion that covers most part of Patagonia, around 730.000 Km² in southwest Mendoza, centre of Neuquén, southwest of Río Negro and most of Chubut and Santa Cruz, except their west side. The steppe borders the Andean-Patagonian forest on the west, the Monte region on the north and the Atlantic coast on the east.READ MORE
The Andean-Patagonian forests, also known as Subantarctic forests, spreads over steep elevations along a thin strip on both sides of the Andes, on southern South America. These are the southernmost forests in the world and have their origin 45 million years ago on the Gondwana supercontinent, where the forests of South America, Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania and South Africa have their ancestors. The Patagonian forests can be considered a “green island”, as they have been isolated from other forests for the last 10 million years, resulting on a high number of endemisms.READ MORE
The Pehuén Region or Pehuén Route is a touristic route that covers the mountain area in the center-west of the Neuquén province, north of the Argentine Patagonia. The central theme of the route is the presence in this region of the only Araucaria (or Pehuén for the native Mapuches) forests in Argentina. The route links the three main touristic centers of the region: Aluminé, Villa Pehuenia and Caviahue-Copahue. Other towns like Zapala, Las Lajas and Loncopué are the points of access or stopover along the route.READ MORE
Lanín National Park is a 413,000 hectare protected area located in the southwest of Neuquén province, in the Argentine Patagonia, bordering Chile to the West and Nahuel Huapí National Park to the South. It was created in 1937 to protect and preserve an important area of Andean-Patagonian Forests, especially the Monkey-puzzle trees (Araucaria araucana), the Raulí (Nothofagus nervosa) and the Roble beech (Nothofagus obliqua), which in Argentina are exclusive of this National Park.READ MORE
Patagonia is a wild and diverse land, full of extreme landscapes ranging from deserts to deep rain forests and from endless plains to dramatic peaks. A territory that still remains pristine and full of wildlife, reminding us how our planet was long before we set foot on it. The last territory on Earth conquered by humankind, full of myths and stories of native Peoples, conquerors, pioneers, and adventurers. For a lot of o reasons Patagonia is really “the last frontier”.READ MORE
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