A fascinating experience amidst an ancient forest. Close to the village, canopy may be practiced along various air trails, ideal to be enjoyed with the family.
The sun shines bright in the Village in the summer afternoons. If you are not on the beach or near the water, you had better look for shelter in the shade of the trees. A traditional and peaceful choice is the myrtle tree forest and a more intrepid alternative is practicing canopy. I chose the latter and, with that in mind, I headed for Mount Belvedere, where Canopy Argentina has its base.
This new sport, very much developed in the tropical rainforests and the Canadian forests, enables visitors to tour and see the natural environment from a different perspective. Adventure and ecologic experience at the same time, canopy is about moving from one air platform on top of a tree to another, using pulleys on horizontal cables.
I was welcomed by Fabián Rechioni, manager of this undertaking that has been in Villa La Angostura for a year and is the first one in the country. In order to set it to work, they made contact with José Flaqué de Costa Rica, eco-tourism spot in Latin America and pioneer in canopy. Having more than 18 years of experience, José designed the itinerary built by the people from Canopy Argentina.
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The sites offered by the Belvedere slopes met all the requirements: beautiful ancient coihue trees with the right height to install the platforms and with air trails that connect one base to another, with no need to alter the environment.
Matías and Pitu, the guides, helped me with the equipment: a harness furnished with carabiners and a pulley, helmet and gloves. All the staff was trained and assisted by Flaqué as regards safety measures in order to enjoy this original experience in the mountain forests. Once ready and after a basic chat about canopy, with a mock practice included, the entire group moved into adventure.
Karina Jozami Karina Jozami
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Corruhue y Meliquina (8407) Villa La Angostura, Neuquén, ArgentinaCel: +54 294-4417817
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