• Lanín National Park, Argentina

Lanín National Park (Argentina)

Lanín National Park (Argentina)

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 18:17
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Lanín National Park is located in the southern part of Neuquén Province, Argentina. It was created in 1937 to protect and preserve an area of Andean-Patagonian Forests. The park takes its name from the highest peak, the Lanín volcano on the border with Chile.

Lanín National Park is located in the southern part of Neuquén Province, Argentina. Consisting of 413,000 ha (1,020,545 acres), it is the third largest National Park in Argentina after Nahuel Huapí National Park and Los Glaciares National Park.

The park takes its name from the highest peak, the Lanín (meaning "Dead Rock" in the native mapuche language) volcano, an ice-clad cone-shaped extinct stratovolcano of 3,776 m (12,388 ft) which borders with Chile.

The park was created in 1937 to protect and preserve an area of Andean-Patagonian Forests, including the Monkey-puzzle trees (Araucaria araucana), the Raulí (Nothofagus nervosa) and the Roble beech (Nothofagus obliqua).

Three different ecoregions are found within the protected area of the park: High-Andean Steppe, the Patagonian Steppe and the Andean-Patagonian Forest. The climate is mild and humid, with warm summers, plenty of rain during spring and autumn, and frequent snow with temperatures below zero in winter.

The main lakes within the park include Ñorquinco, Quillén, Tromen, Huechulafquen, Curruhué, Lolog, Lácar, Meliquina, Machónico and Hermoso. Most of these lakes drain into the Atlantic Ocean through the Limay and Negro rivers, with the exception being Lake Lácar which drains into the Pacific Ocean.

Endemic birds of the Andean-Patagonian forest include the Magellanic Woodpecker, the Austral Parakeet, the Chucao Tapaculo, the Des Murs’ Wiretail, and the Green-Backed Firecrown. Mammals such as the South Andean Deer, the Southern Pudu, the Puma and the Austral Spotted Cat live within the deep forests.