Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

August 18, 2010

Los Alerces National Park

Filed under: South America — Tags: , — admin @ 11:53 pm

Los Alerces National Park and Trevellin

Patagonia, Argentina.

This morning I got up nice and early to go skiing hoping that there was some snow overnight. I was heading out the door when Nacho told me that the lifts were closed because of strong winds. doh! I had to turn around and wait until mid-day when the lifts were supposed to open up. But after 12, Gus rang up the ski resort and they were not going to open the lifts at all that day because the wind was still howling. Double doh!

So these nice people from Buenos Aires invited me to come along with them to visit the Los Alerces National Park, which is maybe twenty or thirty kilometers from Esquel to the west. We eventually reached the park and reached this big lake and parked at a camping site. The wind was blowing really hard and it was raining a bit, plus it was freezing cold, so we did not stay for very long. But the camping spots around the lake are fantastic, so I reckon in the summer and spring it would be a fabulous place to visit. On the way back we saw a Southern Caracara and a Chimango feeding on a rabbit killed on the road at the entrance to the park.

Chimango
Chimango or Tiuque

The weather was really overcast so I had lots of trouble getting some decent photos. On the way there, I also saw what I thought were a pair of Condors.

Chimango
Chimango (Milvango chimango)

After that, we headed to Trevellin where we had a Welsh Tea (Te Gales) at Casa de Te Nain Maggie. The tea was out of this world, and I had three cups with milk and sugar. We also had some organic bread, scones and some delicious cakes. The cream in one of the cakes was so rich, that the experience was almost orgasmic. After that, we headed off to the Regional Museum where they had all these artifacts of the early Welsh colonists who came to the area as early as the 1890’s.

2 Comments »

  1. I find your photos very interesting. It’s a privilege watching these works of art.

    Comment by Tri-Gaga — August 24, 2010 @ 3:01 pm

  2. Thank you very much. I appreciate your kind feedback.

    cheers,
    steve

    Comment by admin — August 24, 2010 @ 11:55 pm

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