A unique landscape among pehuenes, rivers and lakes

Aluminé and Villa Pehuenia – Moquehue integrate La Ruta del Pehuén framed in the wonderful forest of araucarias or pehuenes, composing a unique landscape next to crystalline mountains, lakes and streams; natural settings where you can enjoy different options for all tastes, both for those who seek to live experiences full of emotion as for those who seek a moment of relaxation, relaxation and contemplation. In the same way it integrates the Corredor de los Lagos towards the south of the province. Its scenic beauty invites you to visit and experience the magic of each place, feel the aroma and flavor of its gastronomy as well as the customs and traditions of its people. With lodgings inserted in a dream landscape you can access the services in full and constant contact with the prodigious nature of the place.

The excellent conditions of the rivers Aluminé and Ruca Choroi allow the practice of whitewater sports such as rafting and kayaking, such are the conditions, that this year both water courses have been worthy to become the stage of the World Rafting. In the Aluminé and Moquehue lakes, rides in medium-sized boats with or without motor are added to the regional offer. These environments are also excellent fishing sites. Rainbow trouts, browns and good-sized fontinalis augur excellent fishing days. The Litrán, Ñorquinco, Pulmarí and Aluminé rivers add to the offer of sport fishing environments. For the summer season, the Aluminé and Moquehue lakes offer different access to a wide variety of wide and extensive beaches. The forests of pehuenes, ñires, lengas and coihues constitute the ideal context for the practice of adventure sports; trekking or hiking, mountan bike and horseback riding cross the landscape providing wonderful experiences to visitors, allowing them to know from within the formidable nature of the place.

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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 1.881 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

Tourist circuits in the Pehuén Route

Pehuenia Circuit

It is one of the most important circuits in the region that coincides with the Provincial Route No. 11. They are in total 125 km crossing charming landscapes: streams, springs, waterfalls, lakes, lagoons, mountains and pure forests of pehuenes, lengas and coihues. Lagos Moquehue, Nompehuén, Pilhué, Ñorquinco and Pulmarí are on the route, at the gates of the majestic Lanín National Park. In the town of Moquehue the most important circuits are the ascent to Bella Durmiente hill, the path to the El Blanco stream that flows into the lake forming an interesting volcanic sand beach. In Ñorquinco an interesting circuit can be made from the Guardaparque section, in only about 20 minutes you get to two small jumps and continuing on foot for about 5 km you will reach the Coloco waterfall; an impressive waterfall of more than 30 meters.

Small towns and villages are scattered throughout much of the Pehuenia Circuit, where crafts, homemade bread, and fried cakes are offered. In Pulmarí you can get on foot to Piedra Pintada, where you can see carvings on rocks that are more than 4000 years old. From the top you can see the extension and beauty of the lake and its islands of basaltic rocks very present in the area. Fishing both in the lagoon and in the river is excellent, rainbow and brown trout augur excellent days. Continuing along Provincial Route No. 11, the Los Giles Lagoon is seen, a nesting site for a variety of duck species, such as the elusive spectacled duck, also common and royal geckos, austral bandurrias, black-necked swans, coscorobas, among others. . The vegetation as it advances towards the east is mutating, the change is notorious when arriving at the junction of the Provincial Route Nº 23.

Batea Mahuida

At 11 km from the center of the village, towards the west you reach the Batea Mahuida hill. A protected area of provincial jurisdiction created primarily to preserve araucaria araucana or pehuén. At the summit of the volcano lies a lagoon inhabited by amphibian and bird species and from where one can see one of the most formidable views of the region next to the Lanín, Villarrica, Llaima and Llonquimay volcanoes. At 1900 m.s.n.m. During the winter there is a snow park managed by the Mapuche Puel community. The park has two means of elevation, instructors, equipment rental service and gastronomy. From there you can also make excursions to the forests of pehuenes and the viewpoint of the Antenas, in the south of the crater of the volcano and towards the end, to the viewpoint of the summit; The lakes of Chile Galletue and Icalma, as well as the towns of Icalma and Crusaco, can be clearly appreciated.

Paso del Arco

It is a circuit that runs through a wonderful landscape, a total of 52 km round trip. It is an old border crossing with the neighboring country of Chile, which was circulated a few years ago, although it is for tourist use, it now has a national gendarmerie post on the border. Along the way you can see the slopes of crystalline waters, Araucanian forests, and small lagoons, added to the spectacular views of the Aluminé and Moquehue lakes and the wonderful landscape surrounding them. Many years ago, this passage was one of the most traveled by the cattle and equine trappings that crossed towards Lonquimay, to be sold to crianceros from the south of Chile.

La Angostura

This is the name given to the meeting point of lakes Moquehue and Aluminé. Crossing the bridge that crosses the river, is the reserve of the Mapuche Puel community. Later on, a small circuit is made through lagoons, streams, waterfalls and forests of araucarias, ñires, maitenes and lengas at the entrance of the Chañy Provincial Protected Natural Area. In summer the beaches of La Angostura are very visited to cool off and go along the coasts appreciating the natural environment that surrounds both water mirrors.

Quillén Lake

The lake and Quillén area are only an hour away by taking provincial routes No. 23 (to the south) and then No. 46 to the west. There you can make an interesting trekking in one of the most beautiful landscapes of the area: hills, valleys, slopes and hundreds of pehuens scattered across the mountains between coihues, ñires and lengas. The view of the north face of the Lanín volcano is impressive. Up to Hui Hui lake are 14 km round trip, you can go on foot or by bicycle `on a perfectly marked path, a circuit you can not miss from Lake Quillén. There nest a variety of birds, many in the process of migration, such as cauquenes, pitotoys, sandpipers, among others.

Ruca Choroi Lake

There are 24 km of gravel to the west from the town of Aluminé by Provincial Route No. 18. It is traveled through the places Poi Pucón and Carri Lil, where the Salazar community and the Mapuche Aigo community are based. In summer they offer crafts and manufactures to tourists. The Ruca Choroi Lake has an area of 3.3 km² and is located between several hills such as Cerro Ruca Choroi and Cerro Los Lagos, from there you can make trekking circuits, enjoying the vegetation of the Lanin National Park, araucarias araucanas, ñires , lengas and coihues, as well as different species of birds and mammals that inhabit the park, and the wonderful panoramic view of the region, where the majestic volcano Lanín, icon of the Province of Neuquén, is distinguished.

Regional flavors and aromas

The Alumine and Villa Pehuenia-Moquehue villages offers a variety of exquisite flavors based on local products, the protagonist of the regional dishes; Red a white meat, mushrooms, Alto Valley fruits lake that apples and pears, red fruits, dried fruits, and the “piñon” seed of Araucaria Araucana, aromatics and mushrooms. Next to drinks like craft beer or regional wine, are the main exponent of Pehuén Route cuisine.

Around the villages of Aluminé and Villa Pehuenia-Moquehue, chivito or cabrito breeding is developed by some local and Mapuche communities.
The seed of the Araucaria Araucana or Pehuén trees is called “piñon”, it´s very present in the region cuisine, where the millenary tree grown. The variety of derivatives of the “piñon” is integrated on savory or sweet dishies: masses made from pinion flour result in pasta or “alfajores”, also makes sauces, preserved in syrup and pickles. Honey production is very important in the region, the town of Alumine is one of the main ones. It is used for the preparation of jams, liquors, cakes and other bread products. The environment is excellent, the climate, the steppe, the spices and the flowering, make the product to a large extent recognized.

The rainbow trout together the red meat () are fundamental parts of the region identity.The fish is cooked on the grill and accompanied by potatoes, vegetables and mushrooms, seasoned with spices and aromatics herbs. Smoked meats are very popular in recent years. It is accompanied by mushrooms and sweet and sour sauces, where the red fruits are big protagonist. These delicious fruits are integrated into desserts at the same level as chocolate and sauces, sweets or jams from other fruits of the mountains, such as michay and rosehip.(rosa mosqueta). The edible and medicinal mushrooms of the pine forest, cultivated at time ago in the zone, are an important element of the region cuisine, they have nice texture and unique flavor. The girgolas also known as oyster mushrooms, are one of the most popular fungi that exist, and are cultivated in good quantity in the area. The fungi meat, flavor and texture are marvelous. The regional cuisine quality are looked in the gastronomic event thar make around the tipical and characteristics products of the identity of his inhabitans.

The quality of the regional cuisine is reflected in the gastronomic events that take place around the typical products and characteristic of the identity of its inhabitants. The “Provincial Festival of Craft Beer” as too the “Regional Festival of Roast with Leather” and the “Alumiel Expo” are maked in Aluminé town (village), between others.

In Villa Pehuenia-Moquehue, the Provincial Festival of the Patagonian Chef is held, as well as the traditional Giant Paella every Easter as well as the Regional Products Cooking cycles. The artisanal production of its gastronomy based on typical ingredients and the most important gastronomic event of Patagonia Argentina, the Provincial Festival of the Patagonian Chef, has become recognition through the declaration of the town as Provincial Capital of Gastronomy.