A motorboat tour on the waters of Lake Traful towards some of its nooks showed us its relief and mystery.
Many natural attractions turn Villa Traful into an unforgettable spot. Here, where nature has a thousand secrets to offer, we were invited to see a forest like no other.
Why? Because its roots lie under water and because we had to sail across the crystal-clear waters of Lake Traful in order to see this magical site.
A great part of the almost 60 cypresses that make up the forest come out of the water surface and become visible when the boat reaches the opposite shore. The top of this forest displays leafless trunks featuring a whitish hue, faded by their exposition to the water and the sunshine.
The boat took a turn so as to help the water surface become calm. The silence around was suddenly invaded by our exclamations as we looked down. The erect trunks could be watched at first sight.
They are cypresses that once lived on the hillside of Bayo Hill, or Alto Mahuida. As a result of a landslide that took place in the 1960s, these trees ended up at the bottom of the lake as they held onto the rocky soil on which they stood.
Believe it or not, the transparency and the calmness of the water let us see it in spite of the almost fifteen meters of depth. The trunks have lost their garments. They seem to be petrified. Do they have a root? Why don’t they fall? One question was followed by another.
Guardians of the Lake
It is amazing to think that these cypresses have remained there in spite of the passing of time. They have not lost either their distinction or their upright position. They look like guardians watching the shore.
A mystery of nature and a must visit for lovers of SCUBA diving, who come along from all points to enjoy the experience and take great underwater pictures.
We left this rarity behind and bordered the much eroded cliffs that make up the northern shore of the lake. Huge rocky formations unveil grottos and caves. Access to those areas is impossible due to the high walls.
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Tour Kind: lake sailing
Level of Difficulty: low
Duration: 2 hours
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