Nahuel Huapi National Park

The Lakes of Patagonia

Explore Nahuel Huapi National Park guided by local experts and discover the most beautiful lakes in Patagonia. Go hiking, kayaking, and horseback riding in northern Patagonia.

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What explorations can I do in the Park?

You can explore mountains, lakes and forests by hiking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking and also using vehicles. There are options all year round and for different demands.

How was this national park born?

In 1903 Francisco Pascasio Moreno donated three square leagues to the Nation for its preservation, and years later the State turned it into the first National Park of Argentina, declared in 1922 as “Parque Nacional del Sud”. Argentina became the third country in America to have a National Park.

Why the name Nahuel Huapi?

The Mapuches are the original culture of this area, and they call the most important island of the lake “Nahuel Huapi”, which means “island of the jaguar” and refers to Victoria Island, the largest island of the lake. This is the origin of the name of the lake and the national park.

What is preserved in Nahuel Huapi National Park?

Many species of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles, including several that are in danger of extinction. The vast forests and natural environments include a rich variety of plants, with a profusion of coihues, cypresses and larches. Among its characteristic fauna are condors, deer, wild boars, pumas and guanacos.

What is the weather like in the National Park?

The main characteristic is the strong decrease in rainfall between the west and east zone, due to the effect of the Andes mountain range on the humid winds blowing from the Pacific. Precipitation is mainly concentrated in autumn and winter, when snowfalls are frequent. Temperatures vary with altitude, with 2200 m asl as the limit of perpetual snow. At 800 m a.s.l. the average temperature is 15 °C in summer and 2 °C in winter, with extremes of 33 °C and -15 °C.