Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes
Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes information
This inconspicuous, often overlooked park, encompassing the entire Quetrihué peninsula, protects remaining stands of the cinnamon-barked arrayán, a member of the myrtle family. In Mapudungun (language of the Mapuche) the peninsula’s name means ‘place of the arrayánes.’
The park headquarters is at the southern end of the peninsula, near the largest concentration of arrayánes, in an area known as El Bosque . It’s a three-hour, 12km hike to the tip of the peninsula, on an excellent interpretive nature trail . You can also hike out and get the ferry back from the point, or vice versa. There are two small lakes along the trail. Regulations require hikers to enter the park before midday and leave it by 4pm in winter and around 6pm to 7pm in summer.
From the park’s northern entrance at La Villa, a very steep 20-minute hike leads to two panoramic overlooks of Lago Nahuel Huapi.