The closest Patagonian forest to Bariloche, yet surprisingly wild
Located within the Nahuel Huapi National Park in the North Patagonia Lake District, our eco-resort and mountain lodge embeds all the elements Patagonia has to offer: 500 acres of a privileged location at the foot of south Mt Catedral, pristine forests, creeks and waterfalls for calm wandering and 2 miles of lakeshore. This allows a close immersion in Nature and connection with our animals. We offer nature walks and birdwatching guided by professional naturalists or biologists.
We enjoy a relatively stable temperature and air humidity over long periods of time which have fostered the greatest species richness and structural complexity present in Argentina. The country is home to 984, which belong to 23 orders and more than 75 different families.
This area of Patagonia to the North enjoys a greater biological richness than the Austral Patagonia, and features highly endemic species of, not only birds, but also mammals, cultures and unique landscapes which remain still very well preserved.
We organize birdwatching trips for the day both inside the property and in the surroundings, also, for few days in the Region. We can easily reach different natural environments such as the Andino Norpatagonica UNESCO Biodiversity Reserve forests, the steppe, rural areas and into Chile, to the central valley and the Pacific coast. Just around the houses we have spotted over 57 different species. Please refer to our birdwatching list.
Nature Walks: The North Patagonia Andean Forest, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
Peuma Hue lies at the foot of south Mt Catedral, at the southern end of Gutiérrez Lake; with pristine forests, creeks, waterfalls and lake, inside Nahuel Huapi National Park and within the Andino Norpatagonica UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The Estancia is located right in the transition between the forest and the steppe, providing for a privileged location for incursions into the primal forest from its open lakefront valley.
“The landscape is typically mountainous with important influences from the last glaciations, dominated by the Andes Mountains in the western areas and Sub-Andean plains and plateaus eastward” as stated at the UNESCO Biodiversity Reserve Directory.
A highlight of any visit is an incursion into the forest, where you can feel and realize the uniqueness of this environment. Virtually all the wood species are unique to this forest, only linked genetically to those of New Zealand and South Africa from the time when the so far away islands were attached to the South American Continent.
It is very important to stress that despite its high level of preservation, this wild area is absolutely safe for visitors, for its absence of dangerous animals, fungi or plants. “we live in a salad” a local guide may tell you, referring to the many herbs, fruit and mushrooms that are not only edible, but also delicious. We live in Paradise, you may end up agreeing.
Visiting the forest is much worth it year round. Spring offers spectacular waterfalls with life coming back, the sounds of migrating birds and colors of wild flowers. Summers provide for the lushness with warm days and fresh evenings. During Fall, forests and slopes burst with colors as if in a painter’s palette, from yellows to dark burgundy… just beautiful and unique. Winters paint it all in white opening you to the special silence of snow and dormant life.