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This is in the Neuquén province in Argentina, some 7 kilometers away from the border with Chile, in northwest Patagonia..

You can see more information on that region in my previous post here.

This is one of the typical Patagonian longitudinal valleys (they stretch from north to south, between the main mountain ranges) and although they are usually low (around 600 meters above sea level), this one remains inaccessible during winter because of snow accumulation from autumn to spring.

That is the reason why there is not a border pass in the area (the closest one is a little to the north, just behind the mountain –the Lanín, 3800 meters–), and the road ends precisely on the church, which is a part of the border patrol authorities’ and rescue teams installations. (On a lighter side of things, it seems as if during winter the very few people that stay there, can only go to church and pray for better weather!).

You can see a closer view of the church in the workshop.

The dark terrain is a consequence of the volcanic nature of the region. The place is nice to visit during late spring and summer, has some nice camping facilities and trekking opportunities; and is known for being a trout fishers’ paradise.

Hope you like it!

Nikon digicam, jpg capture, processed for contrast (curves), USM and save for the web.

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