Ever wanted to really experience the Andes? Well, take a trip to Copahue, one of Argentina’s many volcanoes on the Chilean border and smack bang in the middle of the Andes. The little settlement allows visitors to participate in a wealth of activities in the area. We check out the best day trips from Copahue.
This region at the base of the Copahue Volcano is heavily influenced by the volcanic activity of its namesake. The volcano emits hot springs which have healing thermal properties, and draw tourists and those wishing to benefit from the concentrated minerals present in the water. Although active all year long, the springs are better visited in autumn, as the town is nearly abandoned in winter due to the heavy snowfall in the region.
The mud therapy available in the Copahue thermal baths is another way to intensify the concentration of minerals and chemicals in the waters. Rubbing the mud all over your body and then bathing in the thermal baths to rinse it off is one of the most relaxing and soothing experiences one can have, and the dermatological benefits have been proven.
Book a tour that will take you on horseback on the road between Caviahue to Copahue, along the Laz Mezillas lagoons and right down to the lake in the crater of the volcano. The color of the water is grey and chalky, uninviting to be sure, but typical of the heavy sediment that the volcanic matter creates.
Lovers of fishing and hunting will feel right at home in Copahue. Fly fishing and sport fishing can be undertaken in the Achacosa, Escondida, el Rincón and Hualcupén lagoons, and fishermen can catch species such as trout and perch. Game hunters can tread the local ranches in search of their prey.
The resort of Caviahue is purpose-built for skiers and has a picturesque setting on the shores of Lago Agrio. Nestled within araucaria forests, the ski resort hosted Argentina’s first Winter Games here in 2016. Boasting over 20 pistes of different levels and all of the infrastructure necessary to take advantage of this incredible location on skis or a snowboard, Caviahue is a wonderful alternative to Bariloche in winter.
This provincial route connects many little towns and villages in the province of Neuquén, and travelers can take advantage of many of the outdoor activities on offer along its path. Mountain biking, hiking, trekking and snowshoeing are all available to participate in, just make sure the time of year corresponds to your desired outing.
This park is a protected area within Neuquén, and has many charming rivers, streams and waterfalls. Home to native forests of araucaria, the park spreads over 28,300 hectares (110 square miles) and is a fine example of an Andean-Patagonian biosphere, with visitors able to witness a wide array of local flora and fauna.