Nature

The closest Patagonian forest to Bariloche, yet surprisingly wild

Located in North Patagonia, this estancia receives visitors on its eco-resort and mountain lodge. It embeds all the elements Patagonia has to offer: 500 acres of a privileged location within the Lake District and the Nahuel Huapi National Park, 2 miles of lakeshore at the foot of a steep mountain, pristine forests, creeks and waterfalls, for calm wandering; all within our property allowing all kinds of activities with no need for transfers.

We combine the striking beauty of our National Park, close contact with Nature, and the Estancia experience, with close contact with our animals.

We are a small family operation and almost everything at home was done by us: clearing an abandoned beautiful land, construction, decoration, promotion and hosting our guests with a very personal touch and making them feel at home. Love for Nature; opening new connections among our guests, with our staff, animals & Nature; aware of being part of a whole that we need to take care of; caring for the environment and communities around we try to facilitate or foster new actions that make at least a little difference around us.

Peuma Hue lies at the foot of south Mt Catedral, at the southern end of Gutiérrez Lake; with pristine forests, creeks, waterfalls and lake. This allows us a privileged location for all types of outdoor activities and superb views over mountains, lake and valley.

 

Birdwatching

We enjoy a relatively stable temperature and air humidity over long periods of time which have fostered the greatest species richness and structural complexity present in Argentina. The country is home to 984, which belong to 23 orders and more than 75 different families.

This area of Patagonia to the North enjoys a greater biological richness than the Austral Patagonia, and features highly endemic species of, not only birds, but also mammals, cultures and unique landscapes which remain still very well preserved.

We organize birdwatching trips for the day both inside the property and in the surroundings, also, for few days in the Region. We can easily reach different natural environments such as the Andino Norpatagonica UNESCO Biodiversity Reserve forests, the steppe, rural areas and into Chile, to the central valley and the Pacific coast. Just around the houses we have spotted over 57 different species. Please refer to our birdwatching list.

Peuma Hue's Birdwatching list (PDF 34Kb)

 

Nature Walks: The North Patagonia Andean Forest, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

Peuma Hue lies at the foot of south Mt Catedral, at the southern end of Gutiérrez Lake; with pristine forests, creeks, waterfalls and lake, inside Nahuel Huapi National Park and within the Andino Norpatagonica UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The Estancia is located right in the transition between the forest and the steppe, providing for a privileged location for incursions into the primal forest from its open lakefront valley.

“The landscape is typically mountainous with important influences from the last glaciations, dominated by the Andes Mountains in the western areas and Sub-Andean plains and plateaus eastward” as stated at the UNESCO Biodiversity Reserve Directory.

A highlight of any visit is an incursion into the forest, where you can feel and realize the uniqueness of this environment. Virtually all the wood species are unique to this forest, only linked genetically to those of New Zealand and South Africa from the time when the so far away islands were attached to the South American Continent.

It is very important to stress that despite its high level of preservation, this wild area is absolutely safe for visitors, for its absence of dangerous animals, fungi or plants. “we live in a salad” a local guide may tell you, referring to the many herbs, fruit and mushrooms that are not only edible, but also delicious. We live in Paradise, you may end up agreeing.

Year round, visiting the forest is always much worthy. During summers, it provides for the freshness we look for during warm afternoons, and the sounds and colors of the many bird species present. Winters paint it all in white and cover with the so special silence of snow and dormant life. During Fall, forests and slopes burst with colors of a painter's palette, from yellows to dark burgundy... just beautiful and unique by all means.