Estepa Patagonica

Natural Hot Springs



Caviahue Located in the Province of Neuquen, this charming mountain village nestles at the foot of Copahue Volcano and near the shores of lake Caviahue. Its name in Mapuche language means "Place of party or reunion". Caviahue is surrounded by natural wilderness, brooks, forests and waterfalls. During winter plentiful snowfalls cover the area. Cross Country Ski is popular along the valleys as well as Alpine Ski across Araucaria Forests. Slopes are varied in difficulty and length. A curious climate phenomenon brings good weather to Caviahue, both in summer and Winter. In summer, this area is especially apt for adventure tours, such as horseback riding; fly fishing, hiking or family mountain activities due to the low difficulty of the paths. Caviahue offers a wide range of hotel accommodation. Copahue This small village is famous for its hot springs. It has no steady population and it is only inhabited temporarily during the summer. Nestled in a 10 hectares depression, the entire area presents rich and varied thermal activity, recognized as one of the top three in the world. Currently, a high complexity centre with a capacity for 2500 baths per day is run by a select group of professionals providing guests with advice on the most convenient therapeutic baths. Rheumatic, respiratory and dermatological conditions are treated in comfortable individual booths or in traditional group baths. The centre also provides Balneotherapy, massage therapy and Kinesiotherapy which are complemented with re-education and physical rehabilitation, gym and sauna. The outdoor thermal facilities are in lakes "del Chancho and Verde" There are numerous springs of drinking water which are named according to their characteristics: Vichy, Sulfurous, Lemon,  Mate`s and Volcanic. There are also fumaroles for treatments in steam cabins. Three times a week a local fair offers an array of hand craft and products mada by the residents  where you find objects such as blankets, ponchos, socks, basketry, vegetables and fruits of the region. Copahue, is a very small town and has a limited tourist accommodation but good infrastructure.

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