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Copahue, visit him before the snow covers him

The environment of this village, in a natural amphitheater formed by the mountain range, is very bombingly.


 Copahue , in the province of Neuquén, is very popular, mainly among  Argentine visitors, as evidenced by the growth of tourism infrastructure. The village focuses on the large and modern  Copahue Baths , which offer a wide range of  healing bath programs.

 The thermal complex rests on one of the slopes of the volcano of the same name, in the middle of the Andes Mountains.   This summer villa, only open from December to April, is located 376 km from Neuquén Airport. From there it is accessed by routes in perfect state of conservation. Being located at 2000 MSNM means that, when snowfalls begin, Copahue disappears.

Healing waters, unique in the world

It is an ideal place for  rest ,  well-being and full  contact with nature . In the village the hours seem to pass at a different pace, slow and tiring. To enjoy the  hot springs  and get to know the place it is recommended to stay at least 5 nights. However there are people who get there, with the prescription of a treatment, and they are 8 to 10 days. Its waters, vapors and mud are considered unique in the world, by the Ibero-American Congress of Peloides (sludge) held this year in the province.

The thermal complex offers 4 types of thermal resources in independent spaces. The green lagoon, which takes its name from the microscopic suspended algae it possesses. It is a recommended water  for skin diseases , such as acne, psoriasis. The other piletón contains sulphurous waters, it is easily identifiable because it emits more vapour due to the temperature of its waters close to 80°C. For this reason it is not suitable for submerging. After passing cooling towers it arrives through pipes to immersion tubs and jacuzzis, it is recommended to calm  contractures  and reduce  muscle pain  . The one that most draws the attention of the visitor is the so-called Chancho Lagoon because its waters are grayish in color, there people enjoy the heat and mud. It has a high amount of iron which stimulates cell metabolism accelerating healing, mud is also recommended in rheumatic  conditions  .

Another resource is the vapors of the Copahue volcano, which are used in saunas, recommended for respiratory conditions. At this point it is good to clarify that everything is done under strict control of doctors and kinesiologists present in the premises

Besides the hot springs, what?

The use of thermal waters is for short periods of time and not more than three times a day, which gives the possibility to enjoy the fantastic natural environment. 18km from the thermal center is a waterfall known as the  Salto del Agrio . The collapse is about 60 meters to a circular lagoon that uncovers an indescribable moment in the visitor. The ideal is to go in the morning because the  water  falls to the east, in the afternoon you can not see the  colored watercolor  of the hole, chalking for the minerals that the riverbed carries.

If you want to spend an authentic and austere half day a  community of   trashumant  mapuches  offers a visit to his community, where the tourist will learn the idiosyncrasy of that native village while tasting an authentic Patagonian lamb on the grill, made with condiments that are only passed on from parents to children.

Hikes and bike tours

For those who are not limited to mobility, the place offers low-difficulty  trekking  or mountain biking. Also to those whose physical condition allows it is advisable to walk to the eye of the volcano. A unique experience in these latitudes because it can be accessed without climbing equipment. This is a short trekking of medium difficulty that is completed in less than a day of walking. Depending on the physical condition they are 3 to 4 hours of climb and 3 hours of descent. Once at the top, you can discover the green water lagoon inside the crater, dotted with yellow sulphur spots. There also appears the tongue of the glacier, which falls through the very mouth of the crater 25 kilometers in diameter. It is a live  volcano  because it emits vapors or ashes, it depends on your mood. It is advisable to make the journey with a guide as they provide barbijos and other care items.

It is recommended to take a meal to eat at the top with the whole valley to get involved in nature. From there you can see  Domuyo Hill  (4800 meters), the highest in Patagonia;  Black Hill  , with its unique stepped profile;  Tromen Volcano  and  Peineta Hill  , on the Chilean side. To add excitement, in winter, you can  ski  a trip of more than 8 km off the piste.

Publication Date: 19/12/2019

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