Travelers who have time to spare are recommended to get deep into some of the most representative nooks on the road, both on the Argentinian and the Chilean side before reaching their final destination.
Leaving San Martín de los Andes, the road leading to Hua Hum International Pass into Chile is made of rubble. This slows down the journey a little but travelers are compensated with a pleasant navigation through Lake Pirehueico, surrounded by the native forest.
We left the city without haste and with the wish to see new natural spaces. The physiognomy of the landscape gradually changed as we moved on. During the first stretch of the journey, we could see a Mapuche community located in the area known as Piedra de Trompul, well-known for the loud noise produced at a huge rock when rain or snow are forecast.
Farther ahead, the road features bends and steep slopes and the vegetation becomes lusher. Once the signs read Yuco Beach, we got deep into a trail leading to the lake in order to see this location and decide to return to these beaches. Then we drove on towards Nonthué, where there is a primitive camping site boasting shady trees on the shores of the lake bearing the same name.
Timetables: The international pass is open year round but the ferry operates at different times according to season and weather conditions. Booking is possible only through the company’s website. In general, the ferryboat ticket is paid in Chilean or Argentinian currency, or else in Dollars. However, it is safer to check with the company before reaching the ferryboat station.
Recommendations: Remember there may be a time zone difference between Argentina and Chile, depending on the season. Like in every international pass between Chile and Argentina, it is forbidden to get fresh vegetables, dairy products and meat through the border. Follow National Road 48 starting at the National Route 40 roundabout in San Martín de los Andes. The total distance to cover is 45 kilometers.
Contact: Hua - Hum
(5210000) Panguipulli, X Región, Chile Cel: +56 42773450
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