Nahuel Huapi National Park - History


The earliest discovery of Nahuel Huapi by the non-indigenous peoples is linked to the historical legend of South America, namely, the "Ciudad de Los Cesares" and the early Jesuit settlers.

In 1903, Perito Moreno donated 75 square kilometres (29 sq mi) of land in the area to the federal government. A decree of February 1, 1909 recognized that the area needed protection but it was not until October 9, 1934 that both Nahuel Huapi National Park and Iguazu National Park were established. In contrast to subtropical IguazĂș National Park, however, temperate Nahuel Huapi National Park was believed to be able to compete with the tourism of Europe and was therefore, along with Bariloche, prioritized by national tourism development planners. In the first year of the National Park Service, 1935, several regulations were implemented that affected Nahuel Huapi. These included construction code, sport fishing, standardization of drinking water sanitation, and issuance of vendor permits. The area opened up for mountain climbing and other recreational activities after the park was established.

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