Very close to the traditional roads we find the wonderful Ñivinco Waterfalls, which confirm that every forest hides some mystery to be unveiled.
The Ñivinco Falls are usually left out of the traditional tours. Hidden among the authentically Patagonian trees, it invites us on a hiking tour that will be fruitful when we come close to the water course and see it appear immense, almost histrionic before our eyes.
We drove away from San Martín de los Andes along Route 234, best known as the 7-Lake Road. We headed for Villa La Angostura and traveled 50 kilometers along a paved road and the next 10 kilometers along a gravel road. We arrived in the metallic bridge over the Pichi Traful River and in the park ranger house in the Villarino District. From that spot onwards, the trip odometer showed 6.2 kilometers and on the right hand there appeared a detour with no sign post. We turned into it and drove along about 700 meters until we found an indicator of the Nahuel Huapi National Park that invited us to park our vehicle. Adventure began.
Carrying a small backpack, we resolved to wade the first creek that appeared before us. It was narrow and its waters were very cold, but it represented no high difficulty, even though it may be a little more plentiful in the meltdown season. As we left the water, another signpost showed us the way. A small woodland of shrubby vegetation gave way to a ñire and caña colihue forest around us. The old man’s beard hangs here and there giving evidence of the high degree of oxygenation of the site. Only our murmur and our steps on the trail could be heard. The rest was all silence.
Level of Difficulty: low or intermediate, according to the trails chosen at various heights in the creek area.
Duration: a day or all day, picnic included.
Recommendations: 60 km along Route 234 leaving from the City of San Martín. After crossing the Pichi Traful River, go on up to the hiking circuit access, 6.2 km ahead. The way back, you may stop on the shores of Lake Falkner or Villarino to watch sunset.
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Along a few kilometers, we enjoyed the impressive nature, the forests thickening and the greenness becoming more and more intense as we advanced.