Parque Municipal Llao Llao

It was time to do a day trip from Bariloche, and the destination was Llao Llao Regional Park. It was coloured in green on the map, and we like to go to places that are coloured in green, they are usually nicer then the places that are coloured red or brown. LLao Llao park is named after a mushroom that commonly grows on trees in the area – how cool is that?

There were a bunch of fairly short trails marked on the map, which could be made into a kind of circular route with a bit of road connecting them, and a bus from town that goes to around a kilometre from the entrance.

So we reckoned we could get the bus and walk all the trails, and it would be around a 22km walk in total. So off we went…

The bus took around an hour to get there as it was 26km from Bariloche and it was quite urban with a fair bit of traffic.

26km from town, and 1km to the park. We are off!

Once we got off the bus, the urban-ness had gone and the walk started well – as right where we got off the bus there was a beautiful lake and a family of Ashy-headed geese – now THAT’S the right way to start a walk 🙂

Ashy-headed Geese – they are cool.
Look at this fine goose of the Ashy-headed variety.

The walk was much more scenic than we expected and was a mix of forests, lakeside beaches, and hilltop mountain views. Our favourite part of the walk turned out to be a bit that wasn’t really ‘promoted’ on the map – it was just a dotted line off to the side of one of the trails. But as we passed the trail, a sign said ‘Cerro Llao Llao’ (Llao Llao hill) – how could we resist? If there’s a hill, then there’a a view right? Yeah, well not always – but in this case, YES THERE WAS 🙂

View from Cerro Llao Llao. Look, I can see the Andes.
Another view from Cerro Llao Llao.
View from Cerro Llao Llao, slightly around the corner from the previous view. Movement around the hill is required for 360 degree views.

For the rest of the walk, we were on the hunt for the Magellanic Woodpecker – the world’s biggest woodpecker – which only lives in the forests of the Patagonian Andes. It has a big red head and we were determined to see one up close and get a photo. We hadn’t see one in San Martin, and we NEEDED to see one before we went to the other side of Patagonia where they don’t live. Woodpeckers are aweome and should always be a priority when sight-seeing 🙂

Alas, the woodpecker quest was not successful this time and we finished the walk without seeing one 🙁 BOO!

However, it was a really beautiful area and a great walk, so here are some pictures, and we’ll get you next time Señor Woodpecker….

Lakeside beach.
More lake views – I hope you expected this, seeing as it’s called the Lake District.
The trails are helpfully signposted so we don’t get lost.
PB looking for fish and frogs by the lake (There weren’t any)
Another lakeside beach.
Snow-capped mountains and lakes around every corner!
This is an Arrayan tree. Also know as Chilean Myrtle. This one is in Argentina of course. These trees are excellent and a nice colour.

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