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Lago Puelo and its paths to paradise, for all tastes and with different degrees of difficulty.


More than 15 shelters scattered in the marvelous geography of the Parallel 42nd area only available for hikers, who can choose between short walks of low and medium difficulty for required routes that require you to spend at least one night in the mountains. 
 
At Lago Puelo there are trails for all tastes and with different degrees of difficulty. Climbing up a hill, following the course of a stream, discovering a waterfall hidden in the heart of the forest or enjoying the immensity of the steppe, everything represents a difficult adventure to forget, although the goal for all hikers is always in the mystical Rock of Time, where - they say - “you have to enter with good vibrations. 
 
More than 15 shelters scattered in the marvelous geography of the 42nd Parallel
 
Post topics: 
 The paths of Lago Puelo.
 Everything to see.
 Laguna Huemul.
 Mirador del Río Blanco.
 Virgen del Currumahuida.
 Pitranto Grande.
 Mirador del Lago.
 Mirador de Las Lechuzas.
 At the limit.
 Bosque de Las Sombras.
The paths of Lago Puelo.
 
Otherwise, it starts to thunder and after a while a torrential rain that doesn't let you arrive. 
 
It is a journey of great difficulty, lasting 8 hours, which starts at the gates of the Blue River and extends for about 13 kilometers. 
 
Staying is the alternative of the El Motoco refuge at 800 meters above sea level. 
Along the way you can fully observe all the diversity of flora and fauna of the Valdiviana jungle in the Morrudo mountain range. 
 
The ideal is to take a couple of days to do this tour, as you will have the chance to appreciate one of the most beautiful places in the region, in a setting of waterfalls, snowdrifts and a lush forest of incomparable beauty, with the backdrop of the Chain mountain range of the Andes that at this point of the year offers a peaceful climate, in a unique and captivating landscape. 
 
In addition to this fascinating journey, through the corridor to the west of the Blue River - already on the side of the rionegrino - there are 15 other mountain huts and shelters that are visited each year by over 30,000 hikers and which appear as "challenges of the most varied features from areas of rapid access for beginners to those of great difficulty for those who have a watery experience ", such as Los Laguitos or Las Horquetas, very close to the border with Chile. 
 
Everything to see.
 
Crossing the 42nd Parallel, Lake Puelo offers "excursions to different places such as native forest paths, mountains, rocky coasts or lakes and lagoons of volcanic sand, or the long beaches within the national park. 
 
The only essential thing is to wear appropriate footwear and the finished information on the route to travel, "advise the tourism management. 
 
In no case is access charged. 
 
Among the most accessible, the path to the Cárdenas waterfall is shown, with an approximate duration of 45 ', which begins on the west bank of the Blue River (on the walkway) and extends for about 600 meters, passing through the property of the pioneer family of the valley. 
 
Laguna Huemul.
 
This excursion has a medium / high difficulty and takes place through a native forest of cypresses and coihues, from where you can enjoy a splendid view of the valley and the city of Lago Puelo, being only 15 minutes away, with the majestic view on the mirror of the lake that reflects the evergreen foliage of the pincers. 
 
Majestic view on the mirror of Lake Puelo.
 
Mirador del Río Blanco.
 
This excursion is about 45 'long and has a low difficulty. 
 
During the tour it is possible to see the blue river and the variety of native and exotic species of our forests, to end it in an impressive point of view in which the jumps of the white river or of the Motoco are contemplated. 
 
Virgen del Currumahuida.
 
Point of view framed by a crack in the natural rock. 
 
It is a vantage point where you can see the entire urban layout of the city, the blue river and much of the Puelo Lago National Park. 
 
The climb takes about 1 hour, with medium / low difficulty. 
 
It has rest areas and signaling to the summit. 
 
The sculpture resting in the crack was created by the local artist Mariana Graciano. 
 
Pitranto Grande.
 
Within the Puelo Lago National Park this tour lasts about 25/30 minutes and is of low difficulty. 
 
It takes place along a path that crosses a forest of gigantic pitras (native tree similar to myrtle, although white bark), in a setting of indescribable beauty, ending behind La Playita, the location par excellence of the region. 
 
This walk "for the senses" allows you to appreciate the sounds of the abundant native fauna that mixes with the sound of the waters of the lake. 
 
Within the Puelo Lago National Park this tour lasts about 25/30 minutes and is of low difficulty.
Mirador del Lago.
 
It is also accessed from La Playita and is a 40 minute climb of medium difficulty within the mountain forest. 
 
From that place it is possible to see much of the National Park and the urban plant of Lake Puelo. 
 
Mirador de Las Lechuzas.
 
It is a walk of 25 minutes of duration and high difficulty, which costs the sector of La Playita to reach a natural point of view, from where you can see the depth of the lake and all its majesty up to the international limit and the valley of El Turbio, with the hills of Cuevas and Aguja Norte in front. 
 
At the limit.
 
You must first cross the Blue River (fording it or by boat), for a walk of about 2 hours to the national place of the Gendarmerie, where you can camp for free. 
 
From there you can access the route that reaches the limit with Chile (2 more hours). 
 
Reach Los Hitos and from there you can walk a little further, towards a viewpoint, to appreciate the rapids of the Puelo river and the lower Puelo lake in the neighboring village. 
 
The photo from this point will keep it forever in your retina and in your heart. 
 
Another variation is to take a boat to the pier at the end of the lake and from there take the tour. 
 
You can take a 2-hour walk to the Gendarmerie national site, where you can camp for free.
 
Bosque de Las Sombras.
 
It is within the PNLP and is a truly captivating route, about 20 minutes inside the particular native forest of this edge of the lake and which begins through a floating wooden bridge, which blends into nature. 
 
This walk is ideal for families with children and older adults due to its low difficulty. 
 
Faldeo Trail: you have to spend about 2 hours (medium difficulty) and it is located in the recreational area of ​​Lago Puelo NP. 
 
It invites you to know part of the cypress forest of the Currumahuida hill. 
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