Cheeky and I had had found ourselves in Argentina on this occasion, we had been invited by local Argentinian Agustina Lagos Mármol to experience something wonderful in deepest darkest South America. We flew from the cosmopolitan Buenos Aires all the way down south to Neuquén, the largest city in Patagonia. From here we had a three hour drive that would take us through Northern Patagonia following along the Alumine river basin. The landscape evolved in front our eyes from barren, arid plateaus through to subtropical forests, dramatic mountains and vast landscapes indicative of the Northern Andes. Eventually we reached the Quillen River Valley, where we followed the river west towards the Chilean border until we entered the Private Estancia of family Lagos Mármol.
We entered the Estancia and climbed our way up to the timber lodge, sitting amongst the trees on a hill overlooking the Rio Quillen just north Lanín National Park.
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