Landscapes and nature in the north of Neuquén hold worth visiting attractions: Tromen Provincial Park, where you can visit the volcano (13,260 feet) with its hillsides of different tones and its solid lava rivers; the Epulafquen Lagoons Forest Reserve, created to preserve a unique group of pellín oaks; and Domuyo thermal springs, a volcano that lies 15,696 feet above sea level, from whose deep and craggy clefts spring up hot water streams, fumaroles and mudpots with thermal properties.
Angling and skiing
Fly fishing in Huaraco lagoon
You can practise sport fishing in rivers and streams of the area, where it is possible to catch rainbow trout, silversides and perches.
For those who enjoy winter sports, Wayle Hill Snow Park is located 30 miles away from the town of Chos Malal, where visitors can practise downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoe touring.
Small towns, big efforts
The landscapes of these mysterious places mix yellow, grey and red toned rock formations with fruitful valleys crossed by streams and rivers. The people that settled here know how to keep their traditions and respect nature. These are the characteristics of the indigenous communities that historically inhabited the area, and that currently keep their ancestral traditions and customs. These picturesque settlements have only a few inhabitants. Their economic activity depends on the exploitation of mineral resources (gold fields, barite, rock salt, sulphur deposits, alabaster quarries, tufa rock, among others) and the agro-pastoral activity. Agricultural activity is carried out in the valleys near rivers and streams, where small vegetables, fruit trees, cereal and forage plants are grown. Ovine, bovine and caprine livestock are bred extensively on depressions and valleys where the best pastures grow. There is a seasonal migration of flocks during winter from the low fields in search of tender and abundant summer pastures higher on the mountain range. There are also humble family workshops that work on the production of jam, regional handicrafts and also run fish hatcheries to produce trout.
This area also holds camping sites, cottages, ATLs (Alternative Tourist Lodging), inns, bed and breakfasts, lodges, hostels and hotels.
Aventura en el norte
4WD excursion in Patagonia of Valleys and Volcanoes
There are lots of options for visitors, from mountain biking, horseback riding, trekking, rafting, 4WD excursions, and archaeological tourism, to photographic safaris and nature interpretation.
Thermal springs in Los Tachos, at the foot of Domuyo
The north of Neuquén, with its unique landscapes and virgin nature, together with its particular history and traditions, is a place to fully enjoy.
Some places worth visiting are the Bolillos formations, the mines of Cura Mallin and the Curi Leuvú hollow.
Huinganco invites you to discover the garden of the province, and to admire its tree nursery and the fish hatchery.
Thermalism lovers can visit the Epulauquen natural hot springs, located in a practically virgin natural environment.
Other attractions are Varvarco Campos lagoons and Cañada Molina natural monument.
Grilled kids from the north of Neuquén
In the town of Chos Malal, you can tour the historic area and visit old buildings, museums and houses of the first Capital City of Neuquén. A few kilometres away, you can also stop by the Caepe Malal museum.
In Huinganco, a place you should not miss is the Provincial Museum of the Tree and the Wood.
Another option is to visit the rupestrian paintings of Colo Michi Có, 600 majestic carved rocks from the megalithic era.
The northern area also offers the possibility to taste typical food, like piñones (the fruit of the pehuén), mote, chupilca, nachi, sweet tamale, cheese and homemade bread, charqui, and the delicious kids from the area. There are various ways to cook “chivito” (kid), and you should try them all.
Other interesting attractions are the popular festivals that take place in this area throughout the year.