The road climbs to the heights in the area of the international border amidst a thick unspoiled forest of Andean Patagonian species and plentiful creeks.
The road to Mamuil Malal International Pass may be taken both at the City of Villarrica and Pucón. It is an amusing circuit in which nature displays splendid forests containing native species.
Upon leaving Pucón, the crossing leading to the hot spring resorts and Lake Caburga swim holes on the left must be surpassed. The presence of thermal waters in the area has given origin to excellent outdoor and indoor pool services at various specialized centers.
The waters with properties and temperatures that ensure relax and rest for the human body get to these centers through natural springs. San Luis, Menetúe and Huife hot spring resorts are the best known, where visitors may have a bath, spend the night and enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking or zip-lining in the surrounding forests.
From that spot onwards, the way zigzags amidst the thick wild vegetation sometimes bordering the Trancura River.
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Timetables: The Argentinian-Chilean is located at a height of 1,210 meters and the migratory offices are open from 8am to 8pm in coordination with both authorities year round. Before traveling, it is advisable to check that both countries are using the same time zone at the corresponding tourist offices, as Chile usually changes it during certain seasons. Occasionally, the pass is closed as a precautionary measure due to the accumulation of snow in the winter. During the winter months, snow chains are compulsory.
Recommendations: Remember fresh vegetables or foods are not allowed through the border. San Martín de los Andes Customs Office San Martín de los Andes - Argentina Te: + 54 2972 427273
Paso fronterizo (4920000) Pucón, IX Región, Chile Tel: +56 45-2441265
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