The refugios are what make Nahuel Huapi really special. We spent three nights camping and one night in the refugio. Small, and built in beautiful locations, these mountain huts can fit up to 60 people a night, and feed even more. I had delicious gnocci, pizza, and even a small dulce dessert at the newest refugio on the block, Refugio Agostino Rocca, which overlooks a beautiful glacier with icy waterfalls, and am amazing Patagonian peaked landscape. We also day hiked up to Refugio Otto Meiling, the basecamp for the trekkers attempting to summit Mt Tronador.
The only downside to our trip were the tabanos. I would recommend going to Pampa Linda, but not until before or after the tabanos (aka BLOOD SUCKING HORSEFLIES) season. Highly unpleasant, 30% deet doesn't help, only swatting with fronds (aka tree branches) is a useful deterrent. Lesson learned the hard way!
Here are a ton of photos from the trip.
|Rainbow on our bus ride to Pampa Linda|
|Mirador del Valle -Jon's favorite windy lookout|
|Our campsite for three nights|
|Starting our day hike to the Salta Gargante del Diablo|
|Jump into the Throat of the Devil Waterfall|
|This view doesn't show the crazy intense hike it took to get here|
|Cooking pasta over the fire|
|At the base of Mount Tronador|
|View from the interior of Refugio Otto Meiling|
|This tiny refugio can fit 60 people at night|
|Ecstatic to be walking through an alpine meadow, even though there is a horsefly attacking my left cheek|
|Enjoying pizza in Refugio Agostino Rocca|
|Glaciers, waterfalls oh my|
|Refugio Agostino Rocca|
|View of Lago Frias|
|I'm on cloud 9|
|I stopped counting at 30 waterfalls|
|There were a few bridges like these on our hike|
|Imagine hiking through miles of flower filled logs and trees|
|Or take a picture!|
|After jumping in|