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Lago Norquinco

Lago Norquinco sits on the northernmost border of Parque Lanin and is much less visited than many of the other lakes in the southern region of the park. In the past, the Mapuches unsuccessfully fought for the rights to some of the land in the area that was privatized during Juan Peron's presidency. Some of that land is now part of the national park, and the Mapuche share some managing responsibilities with the federal government. However, there are no real settlements along this lake. Lago Norquinco is fed by waters from the mountains and Lago Pilhue to the west, and Norquinco feeds into Lago Pulmari to the East. The lake's 5.3 km² surface area provides visitors with sufficient space to enjoy the serene environment and is somewhat warmer than other lakes in the region due to geothermal activity in the area. There are several easy day hikes in the area that will lead visitors by waterfalls, caves, Pehuenia (Monkey Puzzle) trees, and unique basalt cliffs.

The Park Rangers' post (guardaparque) is located along the southern edge of the lake, away from Ruta 11. A free campsite managed by the park sits on the western shore of the lake, but offers visitors no services. Alternatively, visitors can camp or stay in dorms at Eco Camping (http://www.interpatagonia.com/ecocamping) along the northern side of the lake and along Ruta 11. Campsites cost around $7 per person, and the dorms are much more affordable for groups traveling together as up to five people may stay in them. Regardless of their size, all groups are charged between $65-90 depending on the season. Eco Camping also offers guests access to the largest sandy beach along the lake as well as the opportunity to rent bikes or horses, or participate in workshops related to natural building, tai chi and archery. Visitors can purchase food from the property's convenience store or take a break at the resto-bar which offers home-cooked meals using local organic produce.

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Other places nearby Lago Norquinco: Villa Pehuenia, Quillén, Lago Huechulafquen, Rucachoroi and Moquehue.







16 Aug 2010

Things to do in Lago Norquinco

Hike to Lago Rucachoroi

For your safety, be sure to register with the Park Rangers (guardaparque) before heading out on the trail so they know where you\'ll be hiking and when to expect you to check in at the next ranger ...
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