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Aluminé, brilliant pot in the native Mapuche language See map

Its foundation is recognized on October 20, 1915, although it was founded in February 1884 when early settlers started to arrive to the fort Paso de los Andes.

Aluminé is a town of 5,800 inhabitants, according to estimated data to September 2006, steep streets and quaint that with Zapala form Pehuenia Zone. This area owes its name to the dominant presence of Pehuen that gives the landscape its distinctive appearance.

Centro de Alumine en primaveraSpring in Aluminé.

Undoubtedly Aluminé has diversity of landscapes. Located in an area of ​​mountains, lakes, clear and blue streams attached to this vegetation, in addition to meadows, forests of pine and beautiful viewpoints. The weather is humid temperate Andean west rainfall decreasing markedly towards the east.

Located at 910 meters above sea level and about 284 kilometers west of Neuquén province, close to the north of the Lanin National Park.

You can reach the town:

  • From the West (Zapala) through National Route 46 and 23 (run of 138 km) by the RP 13 and 23 (travel 162 Km) or the RN 22 and RP 23 (route of 188 Km).
  • From the South (Junín de los Andes) for the RN 234 (Seven Lakes) and RP 23 (total distance 100 km).


Like any town, Aluminé has the Anniversary Party every October 20, which hosts events and activities such as equestrian skills, folklore, exhibitions of photographs, craft, exhibition of tae kwondo, and samples of schools among others. It is traditional on this date the marathon and the anniversary dance in which takes place the election of the queen of the city.

 Aluminé-AraucariasPehuén is a characteristic tree of the Pehuenia Zone.

The Provincial Pehuén Festival is also celebrated in Aluminé the since 1988, which is an annual exhibition of regional products serves to show each production in an admirable landscape that worth a visit. This event honors the Pehuén, an ancient tree unique in the world, being a privileged area with as much pehuenes reaching 30 to 40 meters and a diameter of approximately 2.20 meters.

The week of the Festival culminates with the horse parade with the participation of the neighboring areas and at night there is a folklore performances, the choice of Maleen Pehuén and the Pichi Maleen Pehuén and Mrs. Maria Antonieta Panillan de Aigo, a member of the Aigo Ruca of Ruca Choroy Mapuche Association intones the Hymn to Pehuén which reads:

Ellangay ni may tañifeme agun
tachi pehuen tu mapa meu
pehuen zorno
peculentu peneuntu mafultu yaqui
tañi pehuen cayay, cayay, cayay, cayay

And its translation means:

It's nice to see that woman walk / in the mountains of Pinal / walk women show her beauty / administrator of the pine / Cayay, Cayay, Cayay, Cayay

  Aluminé-LagoYou can enjoy the rivers and lakes in the area.

Useful adresses

Torcuato Modarelli 233 - Phone no. (02942) 49-6377 - Fax (02942) 49-6154

Police Precinct 29
Calle RIM 26 S/N - Phone no. (02942) 49-6159

Provincial forests and parks Direction
Lote 61- Quinta 6 - Phone no. (02942) 49- 6159

Photos courtesy City of Aluminé. Official site:

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