Experience something different. This excursion takes you to the least-explored, most remote area of the lake.
The tour begins at Puerto Bahia Lopez Puerto, 30 km away from Bariloche. We will explore the least-explored, most remote area of the lake, the Tristeza branch of lake Nahuel Huapi, a deep glacial fjord in the southwest of Lake Nahuel Huapi, surrounded by steep mountains and waterfalls. This lake trip was, until now, only accessible by private boats. From the dock we head towards the mouth of the Brazo Tristeza where we can notice how the pristine waters of the lake quieten down, protected by mountains. We cruise into the lake between Cerro Lopez and Cerro Capilla, both steep mountains, to discover numerous waterfalls (especially in the thawing cycle or after heavy rainfall). The forest will gradually set as dense Valdivian Forest, as it's called in certain areas of the Park, where it receives greater amount of rainfall. The west sector branch Tristeza is a Strict Nature Reserve, which aim is to protect the habitat of many plant species and of the Huillín (Lutra provocax), a native aquatic mammal that feeds on crustaceans, fish and shellfish; its image is the symbol of the Nahuel Huapi National Park. The native Huillin can often be difficult to spot in the wild; however, numerous species of birds can be appreciated in the tour, from condors to waterbirds and forest birds. Much of the Tristeza branch coastline is steep cliff and there are very few beaches. In the rocks we can see the effects of glaciers that show the scratch marks caused by the moving ice 5000 years ago. During the cruise, if the weather allows, it is possible to observe the majestic Mount Tronador of 3450 meters, which towers above the landscape with its glaciers and eternal snow. At the end of the peninsula we land and go for a simple hike to the Arroyo Frey waterfall, where the wood slowly transforms into Valdivian rainfores and numerous spectacular waterfalls appear fed by the melting snow.
After this we went back to the boat, with the feeling of having been surrounded by mountains and serenity and the opportunity to enjoy nature in its purest form
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- Spanish/English Speaking Guide
- Infusions of various flavors (coffee and various tea) with sweet snacks and sodas.
- Round trip transfer to the port
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- **Where does the boat depart from?** The boat departs from Bahia Lopez, on the road to Circuito Chico, about 30 km away from Bariloche.
- **How do I get to Bahia Lopez?** You can get there on your own car (there’s a free parking lot). You can also take the number 10 bus (ask for schedule) or you can take a taxi or remisse.
- **Do I have to pay a National Park entrance fee or Port fee?** No, when departing from Bahia Lopez you don’t have to pay these fees
- **Is the hike to the cascade long or have any difficulty?** The walk lasts 50min on the way out and 30min on the way back. If the weather conditions are favorable, it stays in the waterfall for 30min. The landing time can vary between 1: 15hs and 2hs. The distance to travel is 1300m, in rough undulating terrain, quasi horizontal. Suitable for all types of passengers, this does not include people with disabilities or reduced mobility, who may eventually make the trip depending on their particular condition.
- ** Are there facilities for people with disabilities? ** Both the port facilities, such as the boat, and the trail are NOT prepared for people with severe motor disabilities.
- ** What clothing should I wear? ** It is suggested to wear appropriate footwear for a walk on a rugged path, clothing according to the season. In summer, long pants and long sleeves are suggested. Hat or visor cap. Sunscreen cream. Sunglasses. In winter the path can be slippery and with muddy sectors. Gloves and good coat are suggested.