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Nahuel Huapi National Park


Nahuel Huapi National Park is located in Río Negro and Neuquén Provinces in South Argentina. Nahuel Huapi National Park covers an area of 7,050 km2 (2,720 sq mi) around lake Nahuel Huapi.



Location: Río Negro and Neuquén Provinces  Map

Area: 7,050 km2 (2,720 sq mi)




Description of Nahuel Huapi National Park


The name "Nahuel Huapi" means literally "jaguar's island" from Mapuche language those lands included the territory of the modern nature preserve. The best time to visit this Argentinean national park is from January to March and from July to September. The lake is surrounded by evergreen pine and beech forests. Some of the trees reach 500 years of age. Nahuel Huapi National Park us inhabited by dwarf deer, armadillo, mouse opossum, Andean deer, guanaco and many other. Besides its is has Chilean hummingbird, Magellan woodpecker, black- necked swan and many others.


One of the most famous attractions in Nahuel Huapi National Park is extinct volcano Tronador that is hopefully is now extinct. It reaches a height of 3,491 meters above sea level. The lake Nahuel Huapi that is located in the center of the national park. The lake was discovered by the Jesuit priest Nicolas Mascard in 1670. The same year he constructed a chapel on the Haemul Peninsula. The lakes draws thousands of people annually for fishing, yachting and hiking.

Water monster of lake Nahuel Huapi

Additionally it is visited by cryptozoologists in hopes of finding an elusive water serpent that the legend claim lives under the surface of the Nahuel Huapi lake. These legends date back to the time of the Indian tribes that once lived around the lake. Most of these stories portray the monster as a vicious creature that can attack humans at the time of starvation and fish shortage. The Quetrihue Peninsula in the north part of the lake is reserved for another reserve called Los Arrayanes National Park.



Huemyl Project

Additionally the Huemul Island was home to Huemul project. This Argentinean secret project on nuclear fusion in the years 1949- 52 involved German scientist Ronald Richter. He managed to escape Europe after the fall of Nazi regime and along of many other scientists, doctors and war criminals asked for help from a Argentinean president Juan Domingo Perón. The president gladly accepted the offer. However after some dubious claims of controllable nuclear fusion a commission was formed in September 1952 that terminated the project immediately.


Ronald Richter lab ruins on Haemul Island

Ronald Richter lab on Huemul Island







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