In the midst of a beautiful valley, Traful is an excellent alternative for those who wish to enjoy the beauty of the mountains and coihue woods. It is located at the heart of Nahuel Huapi National Park, by the shores of Lake Traful, and it is serenely peaceful and silent.
Traful is a unique place, where nature regales you with all its colors and beauty. Here, the world is a pure delight to your senses.
The landscape, seen from the different levels of the road, shows how diverse the beauty of a single place can be. The ubiquitous perfume of flowers and bushes, not normally found in other areas, will make the tourist ponder on how much attention and care nature deserves.
Good road maintenance enables tourists to visit Traful in any season of the year. The town offers an infrastructure including hostels, cabins, restaurants and tearooms, where tourists are sure to enjoy the warm cordiality of the locals.
From San Carlos de Bariloche you take the road towards Confluencia, where, before crossing the river on your left, you will find the small gravel road, which, 35 kilometres later will take you, to Villa Traful, located at the south-western tip of the Province of Neuquén.
Another way to get to Traful is from San Martin de Los Andes, along the Seven Lakes Route. This is a 70-km long journey skirting the Cordillera lakes up to the crossing that leads to the town and further ahead to Confluencia.
Likewise, from the Seven Lakes Route, via La Angostura, you will find Villa Traful 40 km ahead.
It is worth going to Lake Traful either simply for the sake of the trip, or as part of an excursion to the confluence point of the Traful and Limay rivers, through the Córdoba pass.
Since the village was founded, fishing activity has increased and the great draw now for fishermen is the "salmon encerrado", a species introduced from the United States. As a consequence of the growth of fishing, two hostels have been built and are already considered traditional in the region: "Villa Traful" and "El rincón del Pescador" (The Fisherman's Corner).
Villa Traful, thus, focuses on summer activities, salmon fishing, water sports and trekking or horse-trekking along the mountainsides. Besides, the rapids in Traful river are ideal for practicing rafting or kayaking.
GAME HUNTING RESERVE
German families settled in the valley of Lake Hermoso in the 40s, setting up a hostel and a sawmill and bringing in red deer from Collunco ranch. The deer gradually spread all over the Cordillera valleys, leading to hunting activity in the region.
In the mid-60s, the Austrian industrialist Charles Vogel, known in Europe as the "Salt Baron", owned 80,000 hectares which he sold some time later. Thanks to him, the major extensions of land between the lake and the Caleufú river were forested.
As Vogel was very keen on hunting, he turned his lands into a huge reserve, which he called "Diana Park Zoological Reserve". But he had to sell his property and the reserve now includes an exclusive guesthouse and a game hunting area.
Encantado Valley Woods and Ñivinco waterfall are places worth immortalizing on film by image "shooters", such as professional or amateur photographers.
Tourists can also go for a ride on a motorboat to the Bosque Sumergido (Underwater Forest) and the Gruta de la Virgen (Our Lady's Grotto), as well as walk to the cascades inn the Coa Co and Blanco rivers or visit the Negro and Penitentes mounts.
Villa Traful Vantage Point
Traful Vantage Point is located only 5 km away from the road that leaves the village heading toward Traful confluence, which received its name because at this place the Limay and Traful rivers met before the Alicura reservoir created its new artificial lake.
It is an important panoramic lookout point which can be easily accessed by walking over a wooden footbridge with two platforms located on the crests of a rocky cliff formation directly facing Traful lake.
The cliff consists of a natural wall, slightly over one hundred meters high, causing the wind to flow upwards with such force that light objects are suspended in mid-air when thrown into the draft..