Nature and Birdwatching
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 for calm wandering at the foot of south Mt Catedral, pristine forests, creeks, waterfalls and 2 miles of lakeshore. This allows a deep immersion in Nature and a close connection to 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 species, which belong to 23 orders and more than 75 different families.
This area in North Patagonia enjoys a greater biological richness than South 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 guided birdwatching trips for half or a full day both inside the property and in the surroundings or for a few days in the region. We can easily reach different natural environments such as the Andean North Patagonia UNESCO Biodiversity Reserve forests, transition forest, 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 Andean North Patagonia UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The Estancia is located right in the transition between the forest and the steppe, providing a privileged access to the primeval 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 of our forest are unique to the southern hemisphere, only linked genetically to those of New Zealand and South Africa from the time when they 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, toxic 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 and highly nutritious. We live in Paradise, you may end up agreeing.
The forest is worth visiting 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.