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Refugio Italia (Laguna Negra) to Refugio Lopez

Great mountain scenery with views across to Cerro Tronador.

Route:

Can be walked in either direction, although it is easier in the direction: Lopez > Laguna Negra as you will descent the loose scree section rather than ascent it. There is a section of easy scrambling on the ascent of Pico Turista (above Refugio Lopez) and a very small section where there are some ropes to help you traverse a rocky section near Laguna Negra.

Water: The only guaranteed water source between the two reugios is the stream in the Goye valley.

Is the stream water safe to drink? As with any mountain region where lots of people trek, there will be pollution of water sources. The refuges provide safe drinking water; whilst out on the trails I would recommend treating water from streams found in the more popular areas and taking other water sources on a case by case basis depending on the stream source.

Camping / Mountain Huts

Free camping at Refugio Laguna Negra & refugio Lopez. Refugio Laguna Negra & Lopez prices

Transport:

As of April 2015 there is no direct service from the Bariloche center to Colonia Suiza. Take bus number 20 from the center and get off at the roundabout at KM18. From here take bus no.10 to Colonia Suiza. It leaves the roudabout at about 20 minutes past every hour. Return the same way. The bus stop for Colonia Suiza is outside of Cerveceria Berlina (Berlina Brewery), the bus doesn't actually go into the center of Colonia Suiza. NOTE: You will need a rechargable bus pass or prepaid bus ticket to take this service. Ask at the Tourist Info or Mountain Info centres for up to date bus prices, and where to purchase tickets.

As of April 2015 there is no direct service from the Bariloche center to Colonia Suiza. Take bus number 20 from the center and get off at the roundabout at KM18. It leaves the roudabout at about 20 minutes past every hour. From here take bus no.10 to Colonia Suiza but get off at Arroyo Lopez where the bus leaves the tarmac road and turns onto the gravel road. NOTE: Check the bus route as the service may have changed and only certain services may go via the Arroyo Lopez route. Return the same way. NOTE: You will need a rechargable bus pass or prepaid bus ticket to take this service. Ask at the Tourist Info or Mountain Info centres for up to date bus prices, and where to purchase tickets.

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Map

Refugio Frey (dark blue trail 6) negra-lopez


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