Toponymy: From Mapudungun: place that smells like sulfur.
Access: By Provincial Route 26
Temperatures in summer: Maximum average 20ºC / Minimum average 5ºC
Temperatures in winter: Maximum average 5ºC / Minimum average 0ºC
Distance from Neuquén (capital city): 397 km.
Distance from Buenos Aires City: 1503 km.
Department of Tourism and Environment: 8 de Abril Street, Caviahue | Tel +54 2948 495408/ +54 9 2942 668790 | Facebook: Turismo Caviahue
Gas/Service station: No but there is one in Caviahue (16 km away)

Copahue Nevado

In the middle of the Andes Mountain Range, in the northwest of Neuquén province, lies Caviahue – Copahue, a wonderful tourist centre. It is located almost 6,666 feet above sea level, near the Argentine – Chilean international border crossing, at the foot of Copahue volcano (9,750 feet above sea level), and on the banks of a large water mirror formed by Caviahue lake (5,333 feet above sea level). It lies 979 miles from Buenos Aires, and 229 miles from Neuquén Capital City. This town, along with Locopué and Las Lajas, constitutes the tourist area called Thermal Patagonia. It holds hotels, inns, lodges, apart-hotels, cottages and ATLs (Alternative Tourist Lodging).

Copahue, 16 km from Caviahue, has grown not only as a therapeutic center, but as a thermal spa. There is a growing number of people who get to this health complex looking for relaxing, anti-aging and beauty treatments. These tratments aim at reducing stress and its symptoms, recovering skin’s health and releasing tensions, with the resulting benefit of more relaxed muscles and the expelling of toxins. The different treatments include massages, mud baths and hydrating masks.

Copahue Nevado

For sauna-lovers, steam baths in Copahue, as well as most of the external baths, are built over natural hot springs, where vapours come naturally from the fumaroles underneath. In Copahue, all the thermal activities last as much as summer does. Therefore, the thermal season has its peak from December till April, since the rest of the year snowfalls cover the village, sometimes leaving it under 4 meters of snow.

Copahue Provincial Park (28 300 has) was created in 1963 for the protection and conservation of monkey-puzzle tree forests. This Park hosts not only spectacular forests, but also bodies of water, steppes, basalt walls and wetlands. Within this privileged area a high complexity health center has been built, with capacity for 2500 daily thermal baths. Rheumatic, dermatological and respiratory conditions are treated by a group of specialized professionals.

Copahue en raquetas de nieve


Past volcanic activity has given origin to fumaroles and bubbling springs that mineralize and heat snowmelt water, resulting in diverse thermal resources of high quality that are difficult to find elsewhere. Lying at about 1980 m.a.s.l., Copahue is surrounded by a landscape shaped by volcanic activity, glaciations imprints and wind erosion. At some point, this arid rocky environment resembles a lunar landscape.


The different therapeutic programs are prescribed by the team of medical professionals, physiotherapists and dermatologists working in the Complex. The programs offered in Copahue combine different thermal resources and techniques, and are indicated to relieve osteoarticular, dermatological, respiratory and digestive conditions. Patients with motor disabilities can also undergo treatment in Copahue. Preventive, anti-stress and beauty therapies have their space in this thermal spa.

Termas Nieve



The closest airport is Neuquen Airport (Airport Code: NQN). Located 365 km away from Copahue.
There are several daily connections between the country capital city: Buenos Aires (it can be from any of the two operating airports: EZE or AEP) and Neuquen Aiport.
From Neuquen City you can get to Caviahue-Copahue by car (4 hours driving) or bus (6 hours)


The bus company Cono Sur connects Neuquén and Zapala with Caviahue daily. Have a look at the schudule below.


During winter/spring it is recommended to ask about the road weather conditions as heavy snowfalls can make the roads in the aerea non trafficable. You can ask about this by Facebook: Turismo Caviahue


Drive 185km from Neuquen City to Zapala using Ruta Nacional 22 (National Road 22) . From there take the Ruta Provincial 21 (State Road) 68 Km to Loncopué. From there it is 52 km driving through Provincial Road 26 until Caviahue.
Copahue is 16 Km from Caviahue.


Drive 179 Km to Paso Internacional Pino Hachado (International Border Cross). From there continue through Ruta Nacional 242 (National Road) until Las Lajas. Take Ruta Provincial 21 (State Road) 68 Km to Loncopué. From there it is 52 km driving through Provincial Road 26 until Caviahue.
Copahue is 16 Km from Caviahue.


Copahue Nevado