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Los Alerces National Park

Los Alerces National Park

Los Alerces National Park is located 28 mi (45 km) West of Esquel in Chubut Province of Argentina. Los Alerces National Park covers an area of 2,630 km².

 

 

Location: 28 mi (45 km) West of Esquel, Chubut Province      Map

Area: 2,630 km²

Info: Villa Futalaufquen, Ruta Provincial 71

Tel. (02945) 471 015

Open: daily

 

 

 

 

Description of Los Alerces National Park

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Los Alerces National Park is a protected area located in the Chubut province of Argentina. Its incredible landscape makes this protected reserve one of the most visited areas in the country. It encompasses lakes Futalaufken, Kruger, Menendez, Rivadavia, Verde and many others. Arrayanes river that flows through its forests offers picturesque views of the mountains in the background.

 

Los Alerces National Park was created in 1937 protecting extensive virgin forests of larch. Another protected area of Biosphere Reserve Andino Norpatagonika is an adjacent area that was found with the same goal in mind.

 

A fertile ground in combination of annual 4000 mm rainfall contribute to the growth of luxuriant native flora. Los Alerces National Park is home to one of the oldest larch forests in the World. Some of the trees around lake Menendez include specimens that are 4000 years old. At a height of 75 meters above ground and a diameter of 3.5 meters these are truly giants among trees. Ancient Native American tribes revered these beautiful trees and considered them sacred.

 

The easter part of Los Alerces National Park is covered by forests that are not as thick. Some of the trees found here include cypres, myrtle groves and others. Some of the animals and birds that frequent to this are include pumas, deer, otters, woodpeckeers, parrots, majestic condors and many other. Lakes are full of salmon and trout.

 

Los Alerces National Park has many expanses that are closed to the public. You might need to hire a special tour that will take you through the rivers and lakes on a boat. It is done to minimize human foot print in the area. While exploring Los Alerces National Park on a boat you can witness incredible glaciers that from the Andes mountains, deciduous forest and picturesque lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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