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Altitude: 1,156 meters/3,792 feet, Populaiton: n/d, Telephone Code: 02942

Spread out along the southwestern banks of Lago Moquehue, the tiny town of Moquehue is much quieter than nearby cities. Patagonian farmers and Mapuche tribes inhabit the serene area, many of whom have ancestors who lived in the same homes. Even though the area is not protected by a national park, Moquehue is much less developed than other communities in the region. There are no electric lines or telephone lines in town, but electricity is provided by generators and cellphone signals are strong. There is no police station, and the closest service station is in Villa Pehuenia (23 km. away). The local economy does not center on the tourism industry, and visitors may not even encounter other tourists during their time in this village. Cattle ranching provides the main source of income for locals, but visitors can still enjoy Patagonian meats (lamb, goat, wild boar, and trout) during a visit. .


Moquehue is the perfect place to relax and get away from everything, but if you're looking for lots of activities or elegant accommodations, you'll find this sleepy settlement to be disappointing. Tourists can spend money at the local pub, in two supply stores or on regional artisan goods and foods, but entertainment in Moquehue centers around its beautiful lake. Clear Lago Moquehue reflects mountains and forests off of its surface. Visitors can enjoy the calm beaches, but the glacial waters within the lake make it too uncomfortable (for most) to swim, even during the summer. Kayaks and canoes can be rented from La Barraca (00 54 2942 15419383) for around $6/hour, and trout and salmon fishing are other possible lake activities. Hiking is also a popular activity, and ascending Cerro Bandera (two hours in each direction) offers visitors a clear view of nearby Volcano Lanin. Be sure to carry a detailed and accurate map to ensure your safety. In addition to several free campsites along the shores of Lake Moquehue, visitors can choose from a number of hosterias and cabins in the area. Hosteria Moquehue, Apart Hotel La Busqueda, and Hosteria Melewe all offer good accommodations and dining options. Long-term discounts may be available so be sure to ask, and some of the lodges may fill up during the busiest month of January.


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

19 Jul 2011

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Hiking Around Lago Moquehue

A moderate day hike around Lago Moquehue's eastern shore offers hikers a chance to walk alongside Pehuenia trees and streams, as well as untrodden lakes, and it offers great views. The trail goes ...
Moquehue, Argentina
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