Thermal center - Copahue - Photo: Jorge González
The Copahue Volcano, which gave origin and its name to the village, is the source of virtues of this singular area of the mountain range. The mapuche people were convinced of its richness and power for the spirit, so they baptized it with that name, which in their tongue means "site of sulphur".
Only 18 kilometers from Caviahue, around 388 kilometers from Neuquén capital city, and at the feet of the volcano, 2,925 meters over sea level are the Copahue village and the hot springs resort, which can only be accessed during the summer season, from November to May.
The Copahue hot springs have valuable properties that have made them famous worldwide and granted them the backing of the World Health Organization. Its thawing waters acquire chemical and mineral attributes of different concentration, originating sources and springs of green, sulphurous, Vichy and ferruginous waters, among others. The hot springs resort, epicenter of the village, has permanent medical equipment that is part of the infrastructure and the appropriate services to welcome visitors.
Between baths and relax, Copahue also hides places worth visiting, such as the lagoon and the volcano crater, accessed by hiking. The estancias of the area are available to practice sport fishing and low hunting, with the owners’ previous authorization.
In Copahue, the high mountain weather is dry, with strong winds and ups and downs in the atmospheric pressure. It presents sudden temperature changes and, even in the summer, snowfalls may be registered, though the strongest snowfalls take place from April to October. Mean annual temperature is between 3 and 4º C and there is wide thermal amplitude in the summer.
It is accessed through the same routes leading to Caviahue from Neuquén: National 22 and Provincial 21 and 26, going along the last 18 kilometers after Caviahue towards the Northwest along this same road.
With its volcanic treasures, Copahue awaits with a relaxing rest or a revitalizing dose of hot spring waters, rejuvenating health and body.