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Aluminé and Villa Pehuenia-Moquehue are touristic destinations that hold a variety of services and activities to receive competitors and fans. Both destinations are located in Patagonia Argentina surrounded by highly preserved natural landscapes. Aluminé and Villa Pehuenia-Moquehue have a wide range of accommodation and cuisine with a capacity of 2,325 beds and 850 cutleries.

Villa Pehuenia-Moquehue

This destination is located in the centre-west region of Neuquén province, next to the Andes mountain range, 307 km away from the capital city.
From Neuquén city, National Route Nº 22 up to Zapala, then Provincial Route Nº 13 arriving to Villa Pehuenia.

This picturesque little village surrounds the north shore of Lake Aluminé, amidst mountain ranges covered with forests of pehuenes, species of prehistoric origin that give name to this beautiful place.

GPS Coordinates Location: 38°52’47’’S // 71°11’14’’O

Altitude: 1200 AMSL.

Total Population: 2.500

Aluminé

This destination is also located in the centre-west region of Neuquén province, next to a river with the same name in a high mountain area, very close to the Lanín National Park, 326 km away from the capital city.
From Neuquén, National Route Nº 22 up to Zapala, then Provincial Route Nº 46 and then Provincial Route Nº 23 arriving to Aluminé. It is also attached to de Lakes Corridor by the Provincial Route Nº 23.

Its landscape of particular beauty is characterized by the predominance of forests of pehuenes or araucaria araucana, ancient tree that  predominates in the zone. Its name in Mapuche means “bright in the deep”.

GPS Coordinates Location: 39°14’12’’S // 70°55’10’’O.
Altitude: 985 AMSL.
Total Population: 7000

Characteristics of the rivers

The Aluminé and Ruca Choroy Rivers own unique characteristics for the development of rafting for the quality of their tracks because of the quality
of its slopes, which represent an ideal place for the realization of this competition. The Aluminé River has unique characteristics for the development of rafting, being cataloged its section “superior” in grades III and IV plus, with a constant height difference of 150 meters over an area of 12 kilometers; while the “average” sector called “Abra ancha” has a vertical drop of 20 meters and a series of 15 rapid staggered degrees of II to III. In addition, the Provincial Route No. 23 accompanies this river from its source by more than 60 km, so it is very convenient for logistics and for spectators due to the river is easily accessible.
Ruca Choroy River has a track that offers exceptional conditions because of its flow, slope and water quality for the practice of slalom and realization of national and international competitive events.

Aluminé and Villa Pehuenia are tourist destinations that have a variety of services, activities and accommodation to receive both: competitors and spectators.
They are into the “Lakes Corridor” a touristic region with unique natural features.
Both destinations are located in Patagonia Argentina, and constitute a pristine area of great natural beauty that stands out for its high conservation of natural resources, especially their courses and water bodies that allows the sustenance of life and sport practice like rafting.
The towns of Aluminé and Villa Pehuenia have significant experience in organizing sports events related to rafting and kayaking, organizing since 2009, the “Aluminé River Rafting and Kayak’s Fest”.