Los Alerces National Park

Overview

Introduction

Los Alerces National Park is set in Argentina's Andes Mountains in remote Chubut Province, 910 mi/1,465 km southwest of Buenos Aires. The park is less touristy than the areas near Bariloche and includes a series of pristine lakes and streams that offer excellent fishing, hiking and other types of outdoor recreation.

The park is named after the alerces, a Patagonian cypress resembling the giant sequoia trees of California's Sierra Nevada. Don't miss the boat excursion along Lago Menendez to El Alerzal, the largest stand of alerces. Other sites include El Abuelo, one of the oldest known specimens of alerce (at about 3,000 years old), and the groves of chusquea, a solid bamboo that grows in groups of 100. When one stalk blooms the entire grove will die and fall.

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