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VIOLAS & VOLCANOES: TOUR TO NORTHERN PATAGONIA & MENDOZA

 

DATES:  28 November - 19th December 2018
LEADER:  Martin Sheader
COST:  TBC
MEET/ DEPART: London Heathrow 

 

Batea Mahuida, Argentina

Batea Mahuida.

 

WHY VISIT? 

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. 

 

Argentinian wildflowers

Viola coronifera (left) Calandrinia affinis (right).

 

HIGHLIGHTS

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

 

Volcan Troman

Volcan Troman.

 

ITINERARY 

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. 

CAVIAHUE
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). 

MENDOZA PROVINCE

Malargue: Visit Reserva Provincia La Payhunia

Los Molles: Visit Laguna Escandida

Los Penitentes: Enjoy views of Aconcagua (the highest mountain outside Asia). 

CHILE
Botanise on the Argentine side of the Andes 
Travel to Uspallata Pass into Chile. 
Depart from Santiago to London Heathrow. 

 

Junellia cedroides

Junellia cedroides.

 

BOOKINGS AND ENQUIRIES

 

For more information or to secure your place, please contact the AGS Centre


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