Pampa Linda - Ilón lagoon. (Mirada del Doctor lookout)


Moderate Difficulty

November - April
Very High (May - October)


8 km.
From Ilón to “Mirada del Doctor” another 8 km. (return trip)

Elevation gain

600 m.


4 - 5 hs.
From Ilón to Mirada del Doctor another 3 hs. (return trip)

How to get there


From downtown Bariloche:

Bus: In summer season there is a minibus transfer to Pampa Linda which takes roughly 2 hs. Reservation required.

By car: 85 km. total. Take route 40 towards El Bolsón, soon after Villa Mascardi at 36 km., there is a right turn off onto a gravel road. Another couple of hundred meters and you are at the Park Rangers Office “Mascardi”, where is the paid entrance fee to the National Park. From here there are 50 km. to Pampa Linda.

The road between Los Rápidos and Pampa Linda has timetables of restricted one direction:

  • One way up: from 10:30 to 14 hs. from Los Rápidos.
  • One way down: from 16 to 18 hs. from Pampa Linda.
  • Two way road: from 19:30 to 9 hs.
  • From 14 to 19:30 hs you cannot head towards Pampa Linda.


Ilón campground (Dome) – Open all year round. Reservations are mandatory for camping and overnight stays in domes.



Los Vuriloche Campground – Open all year round.

Hosteria Pampa Linda – Open all year round.

Albergue Pampa Linda – open only during summer

  • Bear in mind when planning your outing the time of the year and daylight hours.
  • The rain in this area can really make the hiking a lot harder due to all the mud and very slippery.


The trail starts next to the Park Rangers Office in Pampa Linda, same as the trail heading towards Otto Meiling Hut. After walking 300 mts. there is a sign and detour right, the trail reaches the Alerce river, borders along a short distance and then there is a hanging bridge to cross it.

The trail is well marked, the first part is very steep, roughly 2 km., once up on the flat it comes to a big open marshy area. Trail goes around a little and then crosses heading north. Back in the lenga forest continue on to Ilón Lagoon.

From the dome campground, close to the beach, the trail heads of left around the lagoon towards the Mirada del Doctor, another 4 km.

From the Ilón lagoon, you can return to Pampa Linda by the same trail or connect with Agostino Rocca Hut by the “Paso La Marca”. You can also head north towards the Cretón lagoon which is part of the “Travesía de las 5 lagunas” (5 lagoons traverse) all the way to Colonia Suiza.

To improve the trekking experience, it is recommended to contact a Mountain Guide authorized by the AAGM (Argentine Association of Mountain Guides)