Huella Andina was designed as a project for fans of hiking. It is possible to cover certain stretches on horseback or by bike for one, two or three days.
More and more of us choose San Martín de los Andes every year as a longed-for destination to sleep under the stars during our vacations. Camping and hiking across the forests have been enhanced after Huella Andina, a project that joins the northern Patagonian Andes, was created.
We were provided information as well as maps of the circuits close to the city at the Lanín National Park station. We were backpacking and carrying the necessary apparel and accessories. We chose a stretch near Lake Lácar, going from Quila Quina to Puesto Casanova.
The first directions helped us get to Quila Quina, a nearby settlement which may be accessed through the lake or following a gravel road. There is a recreational campsite at this location. We took the launch at the local pier and reached our destination half an hour later. Once there, we took the street that starts at the berth and found our way uphill with the help of a local denizen. It was a well defined trail.
Level of Difficulty: Quila Quina-Puesto Casanova stage: 10.3 kilometers; duration: 3 hours and 50 minutes. Difficulty: low. Puesto Casanova-Ruca Ñire stage: 15.7 kilometers; duration: 7 hours. Difficulty: intermediate. At the start: recreational camping site At the end: primitive camping site
Timetables: Season November thru April every year
Recommendations: For your own safety, it is advised to go out in groups. Choose a circuit that suits the abilities of all members of the group. Pack a spare pair of footwear to cross creeks.
Contact: Intend. Parque Nacional Lanín
E. Frey 749 (8370) San Martín de los Andes, Neuquén, Argentina Tel: +54 2972-427233
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