TREVELIN - CHUBUT - PATAGONIA - ARGENTINA
Trevelin (Welsh, TRE: People and VELIN: Mill), was founded in the late nineteenth century by Welsh settlers from the lower valley of the Chubut River. Welsh first inhabitants arrived in the area where the expedition commanded by Colonel Fontana November 25, 1885. Previously, the Welsh called this valley "Cwm Hyfryd," which is called Valle Hermoso, then was officially founded under the name Valley October 16. It is a mountain village situated on the banks of river Percey, surrounded by vast lakes, rivers and streams of extreme natural beauty. Trevelin is only 22 km (12 miles) from the city of Esquel, and 24 km (13 miles) from Parque Nacional Los Alerces.
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Postal Code: 9203
National Direct Dial: 02945
International Dialing: 54 2945
Latitude and longitude: 43 ° 5'18 "S 71 ° 27'30" W
Internet: Available but very low speed (under 1 MB)
Continental cold dry season. The area is typical of winter rainfall and snowfall, allowing the performance of winter sports, sunny and dry summers. Prevailing winds come from the west.
In winter, average temperatures range between 3 ° C 5 ° C and in summer between 16 ° C and 25 ° C. In the summer of 2008 was very high temperatures, in some cases reach 35 ° C to 37 ° C. They are heavy snowfalls during the winter, even in the winter of 2007 was an unusual situation, as only two days it snowed all winter.
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Soil and Terrain
The general forms of the landscape were shaped mainly by the action of the glaciers about 11,000 years ago. When the ice retreated formed drainage systems, forming numerous lakes, streams and rivers have rapids and waterfalls. Then the area was covered by volcanic ash, which helped to develop fertile soils.
The region is bounded by mountain ranges.
Trevelin is located in the humid zone of Patagonia, but almost at the edge of the dry zone, so the landscape ranges from grasslands and prairies in the east, a transitional park which overlooks the tree called maitén and west, almost in the foothills of the Andes, cold forests of raulíes, beech, evergreen beech, ñires, Patagonian cypress, radales, maquis, myrtles and giant lahuanes or larch (Fitzroya cupressoides), reaching 60 meters high, 3.5 meters in diameter , aged over 3,000 years. Under these tree species are abundant in the understory which include strawberry, sarsaparilla, caulk and mushrooms among others.
Within the National Park Alerces we find annual rainfall of 4,000 millimeters of forming an Andean-Patagonian forests rich in vegetation: the forest Valdivia, where the larch stands, one of the largest trees plañera longevity. This national park is created to give protection to these forests of larch, which at the beginning of the twentieth century was about to disappear by the uncontrolled exploitation of man. On the sides of these majestic specimens Menéndez lake have an estimated age of 4,000 years and 70 meters high.
The musk rose, lupine and daisies are exotic European became a serious problem of conservation of native species due to its high dispersion without help, displacing the original ones.
Trevelin is an exceptional microclimate, and in protected areas such as Lake Baguilt we can find the lichen group associating plant fungi and blue-green algae or green, their presence is synonymous with "clean air", since it only develops in uncontaminated sites.
Are many species of birds like the chucao, the black carpenter Patagonia, pitta, the Caburé, parrot southern Patagonian thrush, the dove araucana (endangered) lapwings, ducks, ibises, flamingos, rheas, gulls, hawks, owls, and so majestic birds such as condors and other species.
The National Park is home to many Alerces endangered species like the Pudu (species of deer or deer), the cat huiña, or otter huillín Patagonian tuco-tucus the (a burrowing rodents living in caves), the puma and most important of all, the huemul, a native deer species that inhabits the Patagonia Patagonian forests, is in grave danger of extinction. In Argentina, huemul has been declared National Monument, maximum protection that can be given to a species. This deer can be seen on the hill to Riscoso declared a critical area for conservation of the species. If they see a huemul in any sector of the park (an almost impossible dream), it is important to report to National Parks, to keep it safe and keep your changes.
Poaching threatens both huemul as the puma, both copies prized by poachers. On the other hand introduced species such as red deer, the deer lady, wild boar, mink and hares, have serious repercussions.
In its many lakes, rivers and streams are abundant salmon and trout species as prized by anglers.
It is very common in the viewing area on the road or in any walk of guanacos (a kind fun and curious). In the cabins every now and see: lapwings, ibises and hares, the latter is the currency especially in the late afternoon or night falls. In the park you can see the chucao calmly, since this bird is very tame and curious.