Caviahue / Copahue - Lakes and mountains
Caviahue, which means "meeting and party spot" in the indigenous Mapuche language, is a modern tourist center, located in Neuquén Province, only 105 miles (170 km) from Zapala. At the bottom of Copahue Volcano, which is over 9,800 feet (3,000 m) above sea level, and on the border with Chile, this place is surrounded by a unique landscape. Contrasting with Copahue's lunar-like landscape and at only 12 miles (19 km) from this place, Caviahue is rich in streams, falls and araucaria woods, embellished with the river that holds the same name. Thanks to its complete infrastructure, this becomes an ideal place to enjoy winter sports. Caviahue's ski center features Alpine skiing pistes and snowboarding tracks, as well as Nordic skiing circuits, and you can go on dog sled tours, snowmobile and snow track rides. Another irresistible option in summer is to visit the neighboring town of Copahue. This is one of the three most important hydrothermal vent fields in the world. Thanks to the excellent quality of its mineral and therapeutic waters, mud, waterweeds and steams, this place is visited every year by thousands of people who want to treat bone, joint, skin and respiratory conditions, or by those who simply want to feel good. Temperature is moderate in winter and summer, guaranteeing you a pleasurable stay. Some of Caviahue's main attractions include Escondida pond and fall, Salto del Agrio, the geothermal well, Las Mellizas ponds, Copahue's Volcano Pond, and different fishing sites, such as Trolote, Achacosa, Rincón and Hualcupen ponds as well as many other streams. The journey to Hualcupen native reserve and the excursion to Los Bayos cliff, where you can visit ravines, labyrinths and volcanic narrow passes are amazing. Because of its natural attractions, this place is unique in Patagonia.