GATEWAYS COMMUNITIES TO THE PARK: CHILE CHICO – CHILE / LOS ANTIGUOS – ARGENTINA
The towns are located in northern Patagonia, on the south shore of one of the biggest lakes in South America: “Lago General Carrera or Buenos Aires”. The two agricultural oasis, where small farms produce fruit crops, are connected by a paved road of 8 Kms. The road, extended beyond the towns, makes one of the most attractive route of Patagonia with spectacular lake views.
Jeinimeni (pronounced “hay-nee-may-nee”) is an old Natural Reserve and part of one of the main conservation projects in Chile and Argentina. The Chilean area adjoins with Buenos Aires Plateau – where the new Argentinean Patagonia National Park, was recently created. Today private/public initiatives are protecting 320.000 hectares in both countries.
The area sets the scene for quality eco/adventure activities: It is a unique combination of steppes, forest, rock formations and alpine terrain. This diversity of habitats provides critical room for a rich fauna: huemul, puma, guanaco, condor, ñandú, flamingo, among other. Being an important area for local people, considering archeologically spots with artistic legacy of Tehuelche Culture and pioneers gauchos.
ACCESS THROUGH CHILE
Chile Chico (little Chile): small mining-agriculture community of 2.500 inhabitants. It is accessible from Balmaceda airport by a car ferry from the north shore of Lake General Carrera.
ACCESS THROUGH ARGENTINA
The recreational and agricultural town of Los Antiguos, is a community little bigger than Chile Chico. It is 50 kms. away from Ruta 40 and Perito Moreno, closest town to Cueva de las Manos.