Argentina: Parque Nacional Los Alerces

Route: El Bolson – Cholila – Trevelin

South of El Bolson is a national park I was really looking forward to ride through, the ‘Parque Nacional Los Alerces’.
Alerces are trees, upto 4000 years old and the oldest living creatures on this planet.
WWO 1 just happened recently for them.
Christoffel Columbus you say ?
7/8 of these trees life time happened before he discovered America.
Julius Ceasar or Jesus Christ ?
These trees lived half of their life before that.
Than, 20th century. An idiot with a chain saw comes along. One minute later, the tree is gone.
4000 years it’s standing there, we mow it away in a blink of an eye.
Progress and $$$.
So the few that are left are now protected in a national park.
Lets hope they don’t fall victim to pollution if it isn’t for the chain saw.

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Along the ripio road before actually entering the National Park.

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I was riding till early evening in order to reach the first camp ground at the park entrance.

I camped two nights in the national park on designated camp grounds. Both nights I had mouses in my tent. I never had that before, and now two nights in a row. The park must be infested with them. But is is a very beautiful ride.
What a shame preparations seem to be under way to pave the road through the park.

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My first day in the park, the day starting with a nice blue sky and even warm temperatures.

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Around noon time, the clouds rolled in, but no rain.

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A cloudy afternoon or ….
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a sunny morning 🙂

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I met another Argentinian biker in the park who took me to the top of a spectacular waterfall.
He explained me all the fallen trees in the park weren’t caused by storms but by the exceptional heavy snow load they had to endure last winter.

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Outside the southern end of the park, on the way to Trevelin.
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2 thoughts on “Argentina: Parque Nacional Los Alerces”

    1. Hi Honzag,

      How are you doing at the other side of the border ?
      Windy as here ? Wet ? Or perfect conditions ?
      I’m just at the other side of the border, in Rio Mayo, leaving today towards Perito Moreno (2days cycling ?).
      What’s your plan ?
      My mail: bikeaway1@yahoo.com
      I live happily without a phone ! 🙂

      Cheers.

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