If you like to stay moving when going on vacation, the Andes Mountain Range is one of the places to visit and El Bolsón, on the rionegrino side of the Andean Region of Paralelo 42 is ideal for that, since in its vicinity it has activities of different difficulty that allow us to contemplate the immensity and beauty of Patagonia .
One of the places that cannot be ignored on a tour of this town south of Rio Negro is the hill Piltriquitrón , which in mapuche means “hanging from the clouds”, referring to their location and shape.
Getting to the top of the “ Piltri “, as they shorten it to the hill (although more than one can confuse the “tr” and call it “Pilqui”), you don't have to be an elite athlete, but it has stretches that are complicated and the ideal for summit is the summer season. The last kilometer becomes steep, and the ground of stone, mud and snow can turn it into a strenuous ascent.
To get to “the platform”, the start of the tour can be reached by car by a gravel road, although the most adventurous arrive on foot. On the hillside of the hill there are accommodation complexes, craft workshops, nurseries, tea houses and places from where horseback riding can be arranged to explore the place. The bravest, are encouraged to practice paragliding .
On the first stretch of the hike to the top of the “Piltri”, you will reach the famous Carved Forest , a place that has about 40 works done in dead specimens of lenga which in recent years became a boom in El Bolsón , but the journey does not end there and you have to continue the way to the shelter of the hill and the top.
At 1200 meters above sea level is the refuge, a place where you can already contemplate a wonderful view of the Patagonian town and also of El Hoyo, Lake Puelo, a tip of Lake Epuy & eacute; n the hill Tres Picos that gives frame to the valley of the river Azul.
On a clear day, you can also see Tronador Hill in Bariloche and Chile's Osorno volcano.
The shelter offers a warm space - because it is summer, autumn, spring or winter, up there it is quite cold so you need to be there a while to replenish energy. You can also find water for the mate, craft beer , hot chocolate, pizza or ham sandwich or salame and cheese with homemade bread which are a delight.
And if we reject strength, nothing better than continue to the top of Piltriquitron, which is 2260 meters above sea level. Many decide to conclude their tour at the refuge - which is already a real accomplishment- but the most enthusiastic ones continue the road and conquer the mountain achieving an even more impressive view.
A stone monolith is what warns us that the mission is accomplished: the wind blows, the silence calms us and the snow, even in January accompanies us while we observe snow-capped peaks, lakes, meadows, the towns of the region and the lakes of that incredible colour. A panoramic view that should be immortalized with a photo with the camera or phone, but still recorded on the retina of those arriving.
The “Piltri” has a plus: according to the stories told by indigenous peoples, the hill is considered a reservoir of healing energy, and many of those who have reached that point of The Baggins feel a better mood and a healing energy, although they reach the Patagonia , for many, is a guarantee of a better mood.
Licenciado en Comunicación Social. Nacido y criado en Chubut, actualmente alejado del pago. Siempre que puedo, hablo de la Patagonia. Tengo buena memoria –para cosas bastante intrascendentes, pero buena memoria en fin–. Le meto ganas a lo que hago, porque sin pasión no vale la pena.