+ There’s only one company bus that links San Martín with Villa Pehuenia: Campana Dos bus. Theses buses arrive at Pehuenia at 10 pm, and leave to San Martín at 5 am. They pass by Aluminé, in both directions. And from and to Zapala, you can take the Albus buses.
+ At least when we went, in March, there was not more transport options than those. There are also taxis, but of course, they’re more expensive. It’s a region more oriented to the tourist who is travelling by car.
+ You can pick up from the ground lots of pinions, the fruits of the Pehuenes trees, and you got yourself there a great souvenir, free, native, and tasty.
+ You can get to the Batea Mahuida volcano only by car (yours or a taxi), and from the point where the vehicles are not longer allowed you’ll have to walk 1 km by foot to the top.
+ If you’ll stay in campings, bring a cable extension. In the one we stayed, we hadn’t light posts near the tent.
+ From Don Cirilo camping to the city hall (and tourism office) there’s about 3 or 4 km. A couple of blocks from there you’ll find the waterfront, the dock, and some food places. 1 km further you’ll reach the shopping area.
Don Cirilo Camping: 4/5
Cipres Lookout: 4/5
Drumlin Resto: 4/5
Villa Pehuenia is in the west of the province of Neuquén, Argentina, almost at the base of the Andes. 300 km separate the city from Neuquén capital, and nearly 400 from San Carlos de Bariloche, in the province of Río Negro.
It’s located very close to the international crossing Icalma, just 5 km away, that connects it with the cities of Melipeuco and Cunco, in Chile.
[…] The mapuches worshipped the monkey puzzle and considered it a sacred tree. They prayed under its shade, they made flesh, blood and smoke offerings to it, spraying it with mushai, the sweet or fermented chicha, and ornamenting it with presents. They talked to it as if it was a person. They even made confessions to it.
The monkey puzzle’s delicious sweet pips became useless, maybe because they did not taste well when they were raw and they did not know how to cook them. Consequently, they would be left lying on the ground as they were considered poisonous. […]