To the southwest of Neuquén province, there is a special place on the Andes Mountain Range: the city of Junín de los Andes. It is the most important city in the Huiliches (“people of the south”) department, and Chimehuín (“place with houses”) River flows near it. It is located 237 miles from Neuquén Capital City, within the tourist area called Patagonia of Lakes. It is the oldest city in the province.
CP (ZIP): 8371
DDI: 00 54 2972
Teléfono: (02972) 491160 / 492575
Junín de los Andes is the ideal place for you and your family. You can learn about the history of this city visiting mapuche museums or taking a self-guided historical tour.
You can also visit the Handicraft Fair, the Nuestra Señora de las Nieves and Laura Vicuña sanctuaries, the amazing Via Christi, and the Chimehuin River promenade.
Discover Junín’s surroundings, where nature invites you to go trekking, horseback riding, and car or boat riding.
You can tour Chimehuin River until you get to Huechulafquen, Epulafquen, Paimún, Tromen, Curruhué Chico and Curruhué Grande Lakes and the Green Lagoon, where you can practise windsurfing and water skiing.
Another option is to enjoy the healing properties of Lahuen Co thermal springs or visit the “Escorial”, a layer of lava that has directed its way along an old glacial valley.
Starting to ascend Lanín Volcano
For those who enjoy adventure, to be able to ascend Lanín Volcano (12,580 feet) and reach its summit is like a dream come true.
Besides, during winter, visitors can also enjoy the near Chapelco Hill in San Martín de los Andes.
Vía Christi scenic overlook
Junín de los Andes is the oldest town in the province, and its creation goes back to 15th February 1883, when a small improvised fort was built on the right bank of Chimehuín River. Years later, once the fighting against the mapuche ended and Salesian schools were built, a group of people settled there permanently.
Mapuche and white people managed to let their cultures coexist, after fighting with each other in the past to get to live in the same territory as brothers.
Presently, it has a population of approximately 12,846 inhabitants (according to the survey carried out by the General Direction of Statistics and Census of Neuquén province). As regards its architecture, this is a simple looking town, surrounded by a privileged nature. It is known as the gate to Lanín National Park and as the Capital of Trout. Many anglers gather here during the fishing season (from November to April). This is so because Chimehuín river mouth lies near, a favourite for anglers, apart from other rivers and lakes where they can catch the famous rainbow, brown, and fontinalis trout.
The warmth and the comfort of this tourist centre are made evident through the services the owners of hotels, cottages, inns, camping sites, restaurants and cafés offer to visitors.
Junín de los Andes is a special place in Argentine Patagonia; its up to you to enjoy all the options its nature has to offer… don’t miss it!
Cattle breeding is still important; to celebrate it, every year a Cattle Breeders’ Festival and a Rural Exhibition take place in Junín.
In its beginnings, the economy of Junín depended on animal husbandry. However, since the creation of Lanín National Park in 1937, with the aims of preserving the area, favouring the increase in population and the regional development, and reaffirming its sovereignty, the economic activity changed towards the services, especially tourism. There are also certain areas within Lanín National Park destined for the exploitation of native forests to obtain wood for sawmills and its different sub products. This activity is practised by sustainability under natural conditions, since the extracted forest must be replaced by natural regeneration, either by seeds or by shoots. This activity influences the regional economy significantly, since it generates dozens of job positions on different stages of industry, like infrastructure, extraction, transportation, processing, administration, and commercialization.