Along a few kilometers, we enjoyed the impressive nature, the forests thickening and the greenness becoming more and more intense as we advanced.
The Cities of San Martín de los Andes and Junín de los Andes are the heads of this circuit in which the Mamuil Malal International Pass leads to Chile. Its winding quiet roads laid out amidst the vegetation, rivers and lakes of extreme beauty make this a popular choice among tourists.
The Chimehuín River bade us farewell at Junín de los Andes. As we reached the Province of Neuquén rural police station, we took paved Provincial Route 23 and were surprised by its undulations and the animals grazing free in its fields. Afterwards, we crossed the Malleo River and Provincial Route 60 led us to the border, always in the company of that excellent fishing environment.
As we entered Lanín National Park, we were impressed by the presence of an ancient monkey-puzzle tree woodland area and the immense silhouette of the Lanín Volcano to our left.
Timetables: The pass is located at a height of 1,210 meters and is open year round, except for some contingency resulting from snow accumulation in the winter. Snow chains are compulsory during this season.The Argentinian and Chilean Customs Office coordinate their operations and are open from 8am to 8pm year round. Chile changes its time zone during the winter. Therefore, before setting out, it is advisable to check the open hours at the tourist office.
Recommendations: Remember fresh vegetables or foods are not allowed through the border.
Paso fronterizo (4920000) Pucón, IX Región, Chile Tel: +56 45-2441265
General Roca y Rodhe (8370) San Martín de los Andes, Neuquén, Argentina Tel: +54 2972-42-7273
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