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The trip starts at Bahía López harbor, located on 32 km. of Circuito Chico.
During the navigation, Brazo Tristeza of Nahuel Huapi Lake will be explored.
This is a deep glacial fjiord or lake sound, surrounded by imposing mountains
mountains and waterfalls, only accessible by boat. From Bahía López
we go west, heading towards Brazo Blest, and then around Llao Llao Peninsula
to reach the mouth of Brazo Tristeza, where water becomes calm and protected
by the mountains.
Navigating deeply into the lake, between López Hill and Capilla Hill, numerous
waterfalls will start appearing (especially during thaw season or after rainy periods).
The woods will slowly transform into Valdivian rainforest, according to rainfall increase,
yearly average 3,000mm (9ft.) per year. Enormous trees like the coihue and alerce or
larch grow in this jungle. Thanks to the humidity a proliferation of herbs, ferns, moss, and
and fungus can be found. The western area of Brazo Tristeza is a Strict Natural Reserve,
which preserves numerous species, being one of the most important the Huillín (Lutra
Provocax), southern river and lakes otter, a mammal which is only found in central and
southern Chile and in Argentina, along the Andes from Tierra del Fuego all the way to the
southern part of Neuquen province. It has aquatic habits, feeding from crustacean, mollusc
and occasionally fish. It is also Nahuel Huapi’s National Park symbol.
We would be very lucky if we had the chance to see a Hullín, though we will probably observe
many bird species, from condors to aquatic and woods birds. Coasts of the Brazo are rocky and
rough, with few beaches. Sign of the presence of glaciers 5000 years ago can be seen clearly
on the rounded rocks.
During the trip, and if the sky is clear, we will appreciate the majestic Mount Tronador (3450
mts), which appears dominating the landscape with its glaciers and eternal snows.
Once at the end of the Brazo a marked path awaits; it takes a simple walk until reaching Arroyo
Frey waterfall, at the heart of the woods; an idyllic place, where nature expresses herself all around.
After the walk, we start our way back, enjoying lunch on board. The perfect end to this
exploration around one of the most beautiful and wildest areas of Nahuel Huapi National Park.
The experience on board is pleasant and friendly, enjoying a close contact between passengers,
guide and crew.
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