Los Arrayanes National Park
|Los Arrayanes National Park|
|Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes|
The Arrayán forest, in Los Arrayanes National Park
|Location||Neuquén Province, Argentina|
|Nearest city||Villa La Angostura|
|Governing body||Administración de Parques Nacionales|
Los Arrayanes National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes) is a national park of Argentina with an area of 17.53 square kilometres. It covers the Quetrihué Peninsula on the shore of the Nahuel Huapi Lake in the province of Neuquén, 3 km from Villa la Angostura.
Even though arrayán trees (Luma apiculata) can be seen on the way to the end of the peninsula, the forest of 300-year-old arrayanes covers 0.2 km² of the southern point, with individuals of over 600 years. The forest can be reached by boat from different points of the Nahuel Huapi lake, or a 12 km path from the beginning of the park at the port of Villa La Angostura. This path, full of ups and downs, is also popularly done by mountain bike.
Even though it was already part of the Nahuel Huapi National Park, Los Arrayanes was created in 1971 to protect its forest of rare arrayán trees. To protect the soil and the roots of these fragile trees, a wooden path has been made for the tourist to enjoy the view of the cinnamon-coloured trees.
The park has a cold, humid climate. Mean temperatures range from 3 °C (37.4 °F) in winter to 14 °C (57.2 °F) in summer. On average, the park receives 1,300 mm (51 in) of rainfall per year, most of which falls during winter. Snowfall occurs between July to September.
- "Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes" (in Spanish). Administración de Parques Nacionales. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
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