Junín de los Andes was the first settlement in the Province of Neuquén. Today it’s part of the legendary Route 40’s corridor and is the gateway to the trails of Lanin volcano.
For centuries it was the mandatory route between the chilean Araucania and the Argentine pampas. The Desert Conquest closed this cycle and founded on February 15, 1883, the Junín de los Andes Fort in the Chimehuín River Valley.
In 1892, Father Domingo Milanesio founds the Salesian Mission, thus beginning the missionary crusade among the aborigines of the region. In 1894, the first municipal council is installed and houses and stores are built around it thanks to the official auction of government-owned land.
Today, Junín de los Andes is a tourist center where you can find several attractions and do a lot of activities and excursions.
It is surrounded by more than ten Mapuche communities, therefore the local craftsmen walk is one of the most assorted and autochthonous of the region. Here there is also an interesting Mapuche Museum.
Lanin Volcano is one of the main attractions of the area. You can climb the north slope, this is called the “traditional route”. It faces Lake Tromen. In this tour there are three shelters and you can spend the night in one of them.
And of course, there is salmon fishing, which has made Junín de los Andes a world known place: the “boca” (mouth) of the Chimehuin River, the confluence of river Curruhue and the Lakes Corrridor. And so many other places….