The plans to go out at Easter begin in some homes in the region and putting together a plan to go for a walk begins to be the goal. If you still don’t know where to go, there are a place in the mountains where the provinces of Río Negro and Chubut meet: it is the paradisiacal Andean Patagonian Region. It’s integrated by El Bolsón, Lago Puelo, Epuyén, El Hoyo, El Maitén and Cholilahas two national parks, a World Heritage Site, and one of the healthiest microclimates on the planet with abundant forests that are home to indigenous biodiversity.
With accommodation offers for all budgets ranging from wild campsites to hotels with spas, the Andean towns they are an ideal option to enjoy nature with family or friends. In El Bolsón a hostel, with breakfast included, is achieved at about $4,400 a night, and an apartment for four, about $8,000 in El Hoyo, a room for two in a cabin can cost $5,500 and in Cholila, you can get a night in a hostel for $1,200.
The rich gastronomic offer includes typical dishes of the area, such as lamb, deer, wild boar and troutand also highlights a wide variety of craft beers, ice cream, jams and homemade honeywith alternatives for all tastes and possibilities.
Slabairports of the cities of Bariloche and Esquel they are the closest to this region that can be traveled almost in its entirety having the mythical Route 40 as axis.
Opening the doors of this region from the province of Río Negro is the town of El Bolsón, an Eden with crystal clear watersProtective mountains, thick forests, imposing waterfalls, rivers and a benevolent climate that make it a place to visit at any time of the year.
The town for the weekend of April 15 and 16 prepares the event Treat yourself, dedicated to regional food production and gastronomic innovation with local products. It includes a large market for food, condiments, beverages and kitchen accessories and features renowned local chefs and guests from around the country.
Those who go can enjoy art, adventure tourism, agrotourism, visit the Carved Forest, the Piltriquitrón hill and the Perito Moreno hill.
activities to enjoy
The city offers activities of rafting, paragliding and canopy in addition to horseback riding, hiking and the traditional visit to its producers and artisans fair in the Central Plaza.
Among the novelties offered by the destination, the proposal of wellness tourismwith a diverse offer of holistic activities for relaxation and balance of the integral being.
About 16 kilometers from El Bolsón, by road, and as the northern gateway to the province of Chubut, is located Puelo Lakea picturesque town that offers several outdoor activities, its main attraction being the homonymous National Park with its turquoise water lake.
Lake excursions can be made in the town, ranging from a tour of a coastal circuit to the possibility of reaching the border with Chile, known as Los Hitos.
In addition, some local complexes offer guided tours with tasting of what they make, such as Cervecería Radal, Viñedo y Bodega Hansen Becerra and the La Alazana Whiskey distillery, winner of several international awards.
Just 13 kilometers from Puelo, south of Parallel 42, is El Hoyo Valley. “Capital of Fine Fruit”, an ideal place to rest, either enjoying a walk to Puerto Patriada, north coast of Lake Epuyén, El Desemboque, south coast of Lake Puelo or the banks of the Epuyén River.
Both La Catarata and Corbata Blanca and Laguna Los Alerces present magical settings and panoramic views of a landscape full of charm and magic.
On the way south along Route 40 you will find Epuyéna city recognized for its love of nature that offers tourists direct communication with the landscape to enjoy tranquility and peace.
There you can go on kayak excursions, sailboat tours, bicycle circuit tours, tour the local artisans’ fair, and visit the Flour Mill, on the banks of the Minas River, where they carry out the ancestral process of making flour, in an almost craft, with wheat harvested in the area.
those who visit Epuyén can choose to do walks of different difficulty to reach places such as Piedra Pintada, Bahía el Desafío, Bahía Las Percas and La Condorera, or visit the Puerto Bonito Municipal Park, which has 33,000 hectares of Patagonian forest and the basin of Lake Epuyén, with the main objective of conservation and protection of the ecosystem.
What’s more, located 200 meters from route 40, is the Stupa Samantabhadraspiritual monument that generates peace and tranquility typical of the Buddhist tradition of India and Tibet.
About 39 kilometers continuing along route 40 this The MaitenA town that invites you to discover its identity and history through peculiar walks such as visiting its railway workshops or taking a trip on the old Patagonian express “La Trochita”, a unique experience to discover the majestic landscape.
El Maitén has a historic center, and also, located in the middle of the steppe, is the Leleque Museum. Like the other towns that make up the Andean Region, in El Maitén you can enjoy the outdoors and nature, either camping on the banks of the Chubut River, or visiting its streams, lagoons and canyons.
A particularly special option is the Ornituristic circuit that consists of observing birds, recognizing plants, minerals and learning about the native flora and fauna.
75 kilometers south of El Maitén is Cholilaa town that takes visitors on a journey back in time to a remote and pristine site.
For adventure lovers
For lovers of nature and adventure Cholila offers a wide range of tourist and recreational activities; daytime walks through the native forest and lake shores, horseback riding, sport fishing, navigation on rivers and lakes, photographic safaris, sport climbing, climbing small hills and extreme mountaineering.
Among the alternatives in the high mountains is knowing the Cerro Dos Picos, at 2,500 meters above sea level, which is the most important and highest in the province of Chubut, surrounded by the most imposing glaciers little known to man.
The town has several cultural sites, among which the Cabin of rural bandits Butch Cassidy, Sundance Kid and Ettha Placeand also the cave paintings of Cerro Pintado.
To make visits to wild places, from the tourist offices of the regional towns it is recommended to consult schedules, wear suitable footwear for hiking, life jacket for water sports; make fire only in authorized places; keep in mind that not all places have a cell phone signal; Always carry water and check the weather forecast.
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