What to Visit Andacollo


Improperly referred to as volcano, it is the highest mountain in Patagonia (4709 m) and the only one in Argentina with glaciers outside the Andes mountain range. Acting as a guardian of the North of Neuquen Province, it is the source of countless tales and legends, and has always been regarded with respect and venerated by the local rural people as “Father Domuyo”.

According to its geology and morphology, the Domuyo is not a volcano, as are the small hills nearby, where remains of lava can be appreciated. In Domuyo, the presence of ferruginous metamorphic schists, gypsum and petrified fish and ammonites account for the fact that –prior to the emergence of the Andes range- this place used to be the bottom of the ocean.

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Domuyo Base Camp 3.000 manl - Photo: Argentour.com

Cordillera del Viento

Different trips are offered from Andacollo to the impressive Cordillera del Viento. They range from a day-trip ascent to Cerro Corona to medium-difficulty walks through the mountain range reaching the ‘Cruce del Viento’ (ancient border crossing used by herds during transhumance), going past the hills Huaraco, Centinela, Pan de Azúcar and Corona.

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Transhumance Post in Cordillera del Viento - Photo: Osvaldo Gagliardi

Los Bolillos

Los Bolillos, one of the many superb places in the North of Neuquen Province. The capriciously eroded rocky formations lie in the Valley of Varvarco River, with their red and yellow colours impregnating the scenery with charming views. From Los Bolillos, the winding flow of the river and the vastness of the place can be appreciated.

Within Los Bolillos, a set of massifs called Los Monjes stand out. These can be spotted the moment your car stops at the natural balcony, from where towers, needles and cones can be admired, as well as the magnificent river gulley, dotting some green amid the aridity.

Los Bolillos - Photo: Osvaldo Gagliardi

Colo Michi Có

This place is considered to be one of the most important archaeological sites in Argentina and America, not only for the quantity of the pieces displayed but also for their quality.

It is located 10 km from Varvarco on the west side of the imposing Cordillera del Viento at 1830 meters above sea level.

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Epulafquen Lagoon

Their name derives from Mapundungun term meaning “two lagoons”. Heading south from Las Ovejas, along PR 43, take a left at the junction of it and PR 45. Driving westward for about 40 km you reach the first lagoon, which is the source of Nahueve River. Going along the lagoon’s right shore and crossing the bridge over Pincheira stream, you get to the second lagoon, called Superior. Both lagoons are connected by the stream La Nasa.

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Epulafquen Lagoons and Crestado Peak (3.000 masl) - Photo: Lucas Canepa

Los Miches

Located 22 km west of Andacollo by PR 38, this beautiful town lies on the north bank of river Lileo. The valley offers gorgeous scenic trips, one of which is the viewpoint that is right before the slope leading down to Los Miches. We recommend that you get some of the delicious homemade cheese, as well as the sweet, delicate honey.

Continuing from Los Miches westward and going into the Andes Mountains we get to Buta Mallín, a large valley with streams at the source of Lileo river and farms used for veranada, the seasonal movement of livestock between winter and summer pastures.

In summertime and with appropriate vehicles, a magnificent journey can be made to the pastures where veranada is practised. Here the locals provide horses to ride across the valley, visiting lakes, streams and Lileo river, which is good for fishing medium-sized pieces.

Los Miches and Lileo River - Photo: Argentour.com


14 km from Andacollo, westward along PR 38 and then taking PR 57 southward for about 12 km you get to this village, which lies on the bank of Guañacos river.

"Fortin Guañacos" was settled in this place as part of the military campaign called “Conquista del Desierto” (Conquest of the Desert). It remained standing until it was destroyed on January 20, 1881, in an attack carried out by Indian Chief Queupo together with other 500 men.

Some of the interesting places to visit are the gold and barite mines in Cura Mallín; Pillán Curá hill ("Devil’s rock" in Mapudungun); the ruins of Fort Guañacos and the Andean Condors reserve.

Los Guañacos - Photo: Argentour.com

Villa Nahueve

This town is located to the north of Andacollo, along PR 43, including within its area of influence the sites of Los Carrizos, Bella Vista, Cayanta and Los Clavos.

Among the natural beauties that can be visited in Villa Nahueve, perhaps the most peculiar ones are the so-called “Las Piedras Meonas” (Peeing Stones). These are cascades that spring and fall over a series of rocks, forming a stream that flows into Nahueve river. The view of Cayanta surprises us with its intense green contrasting with the ocher from the plateaus.

Paraje Tierras Blancas close to Villa Nahueve - Photo: Argentour.com

What to see in Northern Neuquén