VIOLAS & VOLCANOES: TOUR TO NORTHERN PATAGONIA & MENDOZA
DATES: 28 November - 19th December 2018
LEADER: Martin Sheader
MEET/ DEPART: London Heathrow
The Andean Mountains and adjacent steppe of northern Patagonia and Mendoza support a rich flora set in spectacular landscapes.
Expect to walk no more than a few kilometres a day at a slow pace. This leaves ample opportunity for botanising and photography.
This tour is particularly exciting as we plan to visit a few new sites in Mendoza.
Viola coronifera (left) Calandrinia affinis (right).
Laguna Blanca National Park: See several species of junellia (including the rare J. cedroides), Viola tectiflora, Rhodophiala mendocina, cacti and several adesmia species.
Batea Mahuida: Set in araucaria woodland, enjoy stunning views of the surrounding volcanoes. (Plants to see: Viola cotyledon, Ourisia fragrans, Loasa nana and Valeriana philippiana.)
Volcan Copahue: See Viola caviahuensis, Famatina maulensis, Rhodophiala araucana and Olsynium frigidum.
Tromen National Park: Botanise on the high step around Volcan Tromen and the slopes of Cerro Wayle, an extinct volcano.
Laguna Escondida: High mountain lake above Las Lenas Ski Resort. See Viola aff. atropurpurea, Calandrinia affinis, Discaria nana and Tristagma sociale.
Arrive Buenos Aires.
Flight to Neuquen.
ZAPALA (2 nights)
Visit Laguna Blanca National Park
VILLA PEHENIA (2 nights)
Travel towards the Andes to stay at Villa Pehenia, overlooking Lago Alumine, a large glacial lake).
Visit Batea Mahuida mountain.
Traveling north, we will botanise on hillsides and the adjacent steppe.
CHOS MALAL (4 nights)
Visit the high pass, Paso Pichachen on the Chilean border.
Two days at Tromen National Park (botanising on high steppe around Volcan Tromen and the slopes of Cerro Wayle).
Malargue: Visit Reserva Provincia La Payhunia
Los Molles: Visit Laguna Escandida
Los Penitentes: Enjoy views of Aconcagua (the highest mountain outside Asia).
Botanise on the Argentine side of the Andes
Travel to Uspallata Pass into Chile.
Depart from Santiago to London Heathrow.