Pampa Linda - Saltillo Las Nalcas


Low Difficulty

November - April
High (May - October)


3 km. (return trip from trailhead)

5 km.(return trip from Pampa Linda)

Elevation gain

15 m.


30 min. (one way from trailhead)

45 min. (one way from Pampa Linda)

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.


Camping Los Vuriloches – Open all year long

Hostería Pampa Linda – Open all year long

Albergue Pampa Linda – Open only during summer


Trail has sections with boardwalks. In the rainy season it can be flooded and very muddy.


Following the gravel road to Ventisquero Negro, after roughly 400 mts. of the Hosteria Pampa Linda, take a left detour. A few more meters and it’s the end of the road, park the car here to start hiking.

From here it’s roughly 30 minutes to the saltillo (small waterfall) crossing first a small creek and then the Manso river bridge. A little further along the trail, take a left at the next fork (the right one heads up to Cerro Volcánico and Refugio Viejo Tronador).

The waterfall comes over a rock formation called Cerro Biblioteca (Library peak) and water flows free far from the wall for over 40 mts. It makes a small pond surrounded by Fuschias, Chilco o Aljaba a native bush which blooms in spring with beautiful red flowers. There are also abundant Nalca  plants, with leaves that reach almost a meter in diameter.

Take the same trail back to Pampa Linda.

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