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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
Area: 2,630 km²
Futalaufquen, Ruta Provincial 71
Description of Los Alerces National Park
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 eastern 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
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.