Ancient Arrayannes Forest
After reboarding the Cau Cau, we set sail for our next stop, Los Arrayanes National Park, and pulled up to the dock at the entrance to the Park. Although already part of the Nahuel Huapi National Park, Los Arrayanes was created in 1971 to protect its forest of rare arrayán trees, which can live to over 600 years and grow to 100 feet in height.
With an area of approximately 4,300 acres, it covers the Quetrihué Peninsula on the shore of the Nahuel Huapi Lake in the province of Neuquén. Even though Arrayán trees (Luma apiculata) can be seen on the way to the end of the peninsula, the forest of rare Arrayanes covers about 50 acres on the southern point. The forest can also be reached by a 12 km path from the beginning of the park at the port of Villa La Angostura. The Arrayanes are trees with white flowers and cinnamon colored rinds. They feature irregular white spots and are cold at touch. To protect the soil and the roots of these fragile trees, a wooden path has been made for the tourist to enjoy the view of the cinnamon-coloured trees. Since we spoke only English, a guide from the Cau Cau offered to provide us with a personal explanation of the areas we walked along the wooden path.