The Los Alerces National Park is one of the most beautiful parks in Argentina. It is known for its lush natural scenery and the many activities offered to the visitors.
The park is located in the Chubut Province about 28 miles (45 km) from Esquel. Head to the route from Esquel to Trevelin. After 6.25 miles (10 ikm), head right to Route 258. This will bring you straight into the park.
What to See
The park has a diverse ecosystem. There are cypress, coigue and lenga trees. There are several lagoons and lakes. Visitors will also get to see numerous glaciers. The major lakes are Amutui Quimei, Chico, Stange, Rivadavia and Futalaufquen. There are about 20 trails in the Los Alerces National Park. Some are designed for walking, while others are for mountain bikes.
There are also trails for horseback riding and other vehicles. These trails will bring you face to face with the many flowers and plants in the park. You will also see some prehistoric stone paintings too.
It is worth noting that several trees in the park are over 1,000 years old. These ancient trees belong to the Cupressaceae family. The most popular forest is the Puerto Sagrario.
Argentina gained independence from Spain in 1816. The following years saw political conflict engulf the nation. By the early 20th century however, it had become a rich South American country. This would lead to an influx of European immigrants. The end of World War II saw Argentina coming under Peronist rule. This was followed by a military junta in 1976.
In 1983, democracy was restored. At the turn of the 21st century, an economic crisis gripped the country. Its currency was devalued. Several short-lived administration followed. However, the country has now recovered.
Different kinds of travel tours to Argentina are available. Many of them start at 500 USD. These rates will include visits to many of the landmarks in the country.
One of the most popular destinations in the park commences at the Limonao Port. This excursion will take you to the alerce forests, the oldest in the park. This will take you through Lake Menendez, Lake Verde, the Arrayanes river and the Lake Futalaufquen.
The Los Alerces National Park has a visitor’s information center where you can get basic data about the site. You may also visit the Villa Futalaufquen, a small village in the park where some people have settled in.