Myrtle Forest
Arrayanes National Park

Myrtle forest -  mysterious bosque arrayanes of cinnamon colored trees in Arrayanes National Park next to the Villa la Angostura in the Bariloche lake district.

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Arrayanes National Park

     The section of the trail through the arrayanes forest is made as a wooden boardwalk with barriers. It certainly helps to avoid erosion but also prevents tourists from temptations to “explore” the forest on their own. The whole boardwalk trail is about 900 meters (0.6 mile) long.

Under normal circumstances it will take you about 30 to 45 minutes to finish the loop with enough time to take photos, touch trunks of arrayan trees and enjoy the ambience of this myrtle forest.

For those looking for a place to sit and contemplate the beauty of the arrayanes forest – there is a little log cabin within Los Arrayanes National Park with a bar, cafeteria and souvenirs.

Unfortunately when coming by catamaran you may have little time to spend there. Trekkers for their part should remember that park closes at 18 (6pm) during the summer and 16 (4pm) winter time and they still have 12 km (7 miles) back to Villa la Angostura.
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Strange forms of the "bosque de arrayanes"......

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Well, you will not find two similar arrayan trees in this forest.

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On the right: blooming Arrayan tree

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Along the 12 km trail back to Villa La Angostura you will find many beautiful flowers.
Left photo: amancay; Right photos: muticia

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The visit to the Arrayanes National Park comes to an end.
Left photo: lonely myrtle tree
Center Photo: Exit from the Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes.
Right photo: Quetri Hue Harbor at the southern tip of the Quetrihué Peninsula. In the background visible la Isla Victoria (Victoria Island).


The whole boardwalk trail is about 900 meters (0.6 mile) long. Under normal circumstances it will take you about 30 to 45 minutes to finish the loop with enough time to take photos, touch trunks of arrayan trees and enjoy the ambience of this myrtle forest.

For those looking for a place to sit and contemplate the beauty of the arrayanes forest – there is a little log cabin within Los Arrayanes National Park with a bar, cafeteria and souvenirs. Unfortunately when coming by catamaran you may have little time to spend there. Trekkers for their part should remember that park closes at 18 (6pm) during the summer and 16 (4pm) winter time and they still have 12 km (7 miles) back to Villa la Angostura..

Myrtle Forest: A bit of history 

    During the Pre-Hispanic times the area of the Central Andes was inhabited by indigenous people belonging to either Tehuelches or Araucanos (known also as Mapuches) tribes. Although they met with Spanish colonizers as early as in the beginning of the 16th century, this area of Patagonia was not colonized until Argentina gained independence from Spain in 1816.

The so-called “Conquest of the desert” in the late 19th century under the command of General Julio Roca was a turning point in the history of Patagonia. Shortly after the Quetrihué Peninsula became the property of Juan O’Connor. In 1931 it was sold to Lynch, who recognizing importance of Arrayanes Forest (Bosque de Arrayanes) build there the Tea House. It was intended for his friends to promote this unique area.

The rest is the history – the idea worked well and tourism started to bring fruits contributing to the economical development of the area. The Lynch house is still there and is owned by his family, the peninsula itself after years of negotiations with the government in 1950 was incorporated into the National Park Nahuel Huapi. With the exception of the Tea House and about 100 hectares of surrounding land still belonging to the Lynch family there is no private property, housing or campgrounds on this strictly protected land.

Flora and fauna

     Along the 12 km (7 miles) walking trail from Villa la Angostura you may find many interesting species of flora and fauna. For example the most typical native tree for this part of the Patagonia – coihue together with cypresses, radales, palos santos (“Holy stick” in Spanish), ñires, pataguas and hua-hua.

Here you may also get the first contact with mysterious caña colihue – a cane belonging to the bamboo family. Colihue cane bush lives for about 60-70 years then blooms, produces seeds and dies. Interestingly enough for unknown reasons most of them go through this blooming-then-death cycle almost at the same time. It is a quite striking picture to see their simultaneous end of life….

Along the way you will find many beautiful flowers like amancay or muticia adding charm to this already magnificent park. In the waters of the peninsula’s lakes you may be lucky to spot Huillins (Southern River Otters) – endangered species hunted close to extinction due to their precious fur. Other rare species in this area are imperial cormorants. These usually salt-water coastal birds found their home here - in fresh-water environment of the Bariloche lakes district.

There is also a chance to spot on a southern pudu – the smallest animal in the deer family. An average adult pudu may measure 40 cm (16 inches) of length and weight about 10 kg (22 lbs). And I guess it is obvious that the Quetrihué Peninsula (and The National Park Nahuel Huapi in general) is the paradise for birds and birdwatchers. But that is another subject “too far” from the main topic of Arrayanes Forest to which this page is dedicated.

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If you would like to start the tour of the Arrayanes National Park on the Quetrihué Peninsula please click: Mysterious Arrayanes - previous (page 1)

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