Copahue

       

Toponymy: From Mapudungun: place that smells like sulfur.

Access: By Provincial Route 26

Temperatures in summer: Maximum average 20ºC / Minimum average 5ºC

Temperatures in winter: Maximum average 5ºC / Minimum average 0ºC

Distance from Neuquén (capital city): 397 km.

Distance from Buenos Aires City: 1503 km.

Department of Tourism and Environment: 8 de Abril Street, Caviahue - Tel: +54 2948 495036

Gas/Service station: No


Copahue Provincial Park (28 300 has) was created in 1963 for the protection and conservation of monkey-puzzle tree forests. This Park hosts not only spectacular forests, but also bodies of water, steppes, basalt walls and wetlands. Within this privileged area a high complexity health center has been built, with capacity for 2500 daily thermal baths. Rheumatic, dermatological and respiratory conditions are treated by a group of specialized professionals.


Copahue Termal Baths - Photo: Patricia Sgrignuoli Broggini.


Copahue, 16 km from Caviahue, has grown not only as a therapeutic center, but as a thermal spa. There is a growing number of people who get to this health complex looking for relaxing, anti-aging and beauty treatments. These tratments aim at reducing stress and its symptoms, recovering skin’s health and releasing tensions, with the resulting benefit of more relaxed muscles and the expelling of toxins. The different treatments include massages, mud baths and hydrating masks.


Copahue Volcano- Photo: Gerardo Franchi.


For sauna-lovers, steam baths in Copahue, as well as most of the external baths, are built over natural hot springs, where vapours come naturally from the fumaroles underneath.

In Copahue, all the thermal activities last as much as summer does. Therefore, the thermal season has its peak from December till April, since the rest of the year snowfalls cover the village, sometimes leaving it under 4 meters of snow.


Copahue Termal Baths - Photo: Patricia Sgrignuoli Broggini.



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