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Bosque de Arrayanes

Bosque de Arrayanes (Argentina)

Practical information about Bosque de Arrayanes

  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Park and garden
  • Lake
3 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
2hrs by catamaran from San Carlos de Bariloche
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
Half a day

Reviews of Bosque de Arrayanes

Laure Alvarez Travel writer
44 travel articles

Los Arrayanes National Park contains an enchanting forest of "Luma apiculata", the emblematic tree of Argentine and Chilean Patagonia.

My suggestion:
Try the alternative option of getting to Los Arrayanes National Park by crossing Nahuel Huapi Lake by Catamaran from San Carlos de Bariloche (two hours' sailing).

On the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi lies Los Arrayanes National Park. The park extends over more than 1,700 hectares and can be reached from the town of Villa La Angostura. It is located on the Quetrihué Peninsula and contains a very unusual, centuries-old forest The arrayán tree is actually a member of the Myrtaceae family and therefore comes into bloom with little white flowers then produces a fruit similar to that of the common myrtle.

When you enter the arrayán forest and walk around in it, it feels strange and mystical. Unusually and surprisingly, the bark of the trees is actually cinnamon coloured, and though the trees grow very slowly they do eventually reach 20 metres in height. There is a narrow path here that takes you on a 14-kilometre walk through the undergrowth and around the forest. This is definitely a nice place to visit when in Argentina!

Arrayán woodland
Arrayán woodland
Eva Martin Travel writer
181 travel articles

A national park in Argentine Patagonia, around Nahuel Huapi Lake, famous for being the last forest in the world with this type of tree that never loses its leaves.

My suggestion:
Notice to students: don't forget to bring - or have one made for you there - an international student ID card, to get discounts on admission to many places, especially national parks.

I went to take a tour of the pretty Bosque de Arrayanes from Villa La Angostura. A pleasant walk in a peninsular park in the middle of the Nahuel Huapi, including a unique forest, little lakes and awesome views. 

To be honest, there is so much to see in the area, but I wouldn't say that this place is the biggest must-see on your journey in Argentina. But if you have a little time, why not go there for a little tour? And if you're a fan of botany, you can't miss the trip. 

If you want, it's also possible to get there from the same departure city or from Bariloche. (I didn't try this option.) FYI: the walk/bike ride is very easy, and beside the views of the Nahuel Huapi, the encounter with these unique trees that are over 400 years old will be the highlight of your trip. As a matter of fact, unless you're an expert photographer, it can be difficult to find the angle and the light capturing this discovery. And one slide less for your special evening back from your travels...

Centuries-old trees
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