Hike Discovering the Steppe

Get out of the forest for a while and immerse yourself in the magic of the steppe. A little less than 20 km from Bariloche we will discover this beautiful place, we will see the cycle of the Limay river and the routes of the condors. An outing to do all year round, ideal for rainy days, walking among neneos and coirones.

Difficulty: Medium
Route (one way): 5 km.
Dates: All year
Duration: Full day / Half day
Points of interest: Boca del Limay, Limay River, Tranquera, Nahuel Huapi Viewpoint, Caves, Mount Villegas.

The Rionegrina Steppe is, without a doubt, the faithful expression of the Patagonian image. It houses mystical landscapes that make up a magical and natural setting and invite you to enjoy an incomparable sensation of peace and tranquility.

They are extensive areas with low growth plants of the grass and xerophytic type. It has a lot of relief and these are characterized by small mountains, plains, canyons and stepped plateaus.

The flora is made up of plants such as the calafate, neneo, molle, quilembai, colapiche or candelilla, mata de fuego, mata negra, coirón and jarillas.

In this area, the steppe is fully manifested, with its plains of dry and stunted vegetation, deep ravines and curious rock formations.

The climate is temperate-cold and dry, the winds run and increase in summer and spring. Its soil is sandy and stony, with little organic matter.

Regarding the fauna, it is the home of the red fox, grass cats, weasel and Patagonian ferret among others. Among the birds we can see common loica, comesebo, bandurrita, gaucho grouper, sleepyhead, diuca, lark and martinetas.

A little more difficult to see are the snipe, black-tailed eagle, harrier, sparrow hawk, peregrine falcon, vizcachera owl, black-tailed coludito, southern goldfinch, and cachirla among others.

On this outing we will have beautiful views of the Catedral, Otto, Bella Vista, Goye, López, Capilla, Millaqueo hills and Nahuel Huapi Lake.

More than a hundred million years ago, before the elevation of the Andes, when the climate was subtropical and humid, the area was forested, with gigantic trees that were later buried under the ashes.

Do you dare to discover the steppe walking?

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