We got ready to set off. At Puerto Pañuelo, few kilometers away from Bariloche, we waited for the moment to get on board the ferry that would lead us to the myrtle tree forest on Quetrihué Peninsula. Once we boarded the white catamaran with powerful engines, we took our seats and stealthily set sail across the waters of Lake Nahuel Huapi.
On the Nahuel Huapi
As we sailed, we crossed the border between the Provinces of Río Negro and Neuquén. It was a very pleasant tour, so we resolved to let ourselves be carried away by the vastness of the landscape that was devouring us with its colors and aromas.
We were heading for Arrayanes National Park when we started to spot several small islands. We were getting more and more eager to hit our destination.
Built in the mid twentieth century
Footbridges were clean and safe
Seeing so many wonderful intense hues
The Myrtaceae family
Our first reaction when we faced the forest was to feel surprised. The impact of seeing so many wonderful intense hues was very significant. Red was present in its various shades, just like cinnamon.
The myrtles belong to the Myrtaceae family, which need to live very close to the water in order to develop fully. This geographical spot, of course, offers this vital element for the species.
The bark of the myrtles is cold and easily peeled. Fortunately, nature takes charge of dressing them up again and again. Their flowers are delightful, very similar to orange blooms.
Almost dazzled by the beauty of the myrtles, we had the clear need to touch them. We were stunned by the softness of their texture. Afterwards, we toured along the 800-meter-long footbridges. We stopped at every single viewpoint to enjoy the scenic background, the aromas and the blunt expression of nature.
A Special Forest
Inside the woodland, there is an ancient wooden house, built in the mid twentieth century. It houses a coffee-shop and rumor has it that famous American Walt Disney was inspired here to make his first movies about the animals of the forest.
The tour ended and we started our way back. The gulls, eager to be fed, were flying over the watercraft.
We went back to Puerto Pañuelo, waving our handkerchiefs just like the old settlers used to do in order to stop the boats that would give them a ride.
Mónica Pons José Arrieta
Contact of the excursion or tour
V.A. O´Connor 710 (8400) San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina
Tel: +54 294-4428430
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Lodging at Mount Catedral
San Carlos de Bariloche