Much of terrain in
Lanín National Park was formed by the glaciers
that left twenty four lakes and numerous lakes left here when
the ice retreated. The name of the park is derived from a
highest peak on its territory, mount Lanin. Its name is derived
from a local Native American language and can be translated as
It is a
recognizable symbol of the Neuquén Province. Mount Lanin is even
depicted on a flag of the region. This beautiful
volcano rises to a height of 3776 meters on the border between
Argentina and Chile. Peak of Mount Lanin is covered by
snow thought out a year. The best time to get to the top is
between May and September. You can hike and climb to the top of
the mountain through a network of trails in Lanin National Park
or Villarrica. However keep in mind that it requires proper gear
and experience in mountain climbing.
Volcano Lanin is considered to be a dormant volcano, however it
doesn't mean that it will never erupt again. At the beginning of
the 20th century, the Argentine government, frightened by the
earthquake in Valparaiso on the Chile side of the border,
declared that the Lanin volcano woke up. It turned out to be a
false alarm, but thousands of people living in the
became frightened and left the province.
Park is famous for its
many lakes, in particular Alumine, Huechulafquen and Lacar.
Fishing is allowed here and salmon as well as trout is abundant.
For more information about the park and its regulations you can
visit a city of San Martín de los Andes on the shores of Lake
Lacar or Junin de los Andes. The quickest way to get here is by
taking a flight to Chapelco airport located nearby.