History of Caviahue

Even if a long time ago this area was just a passage through the Copahue hot springs, it was the Pehuenches who also discovered waters with healing properties here. Due to their sulfur aroma, the waters of Caviahue began to attract more and more people.

On April 8, 1986, Elías Sapag, who used to be the governor of the province, founded the town of Caviahue in the District of Ñorquín. Later on, the Neighborhood Committee was created to cover the needs of the growing community and in 1988 Pedro Salvatori (as governor of the province) appointed Oscar César Mansegosa as Organizing Delegate of the Neighborhood Committee in Caviahue.

Caviahue, undergoing permanent and uninterrupted growth ever since, was declared Third Category Municipality (those municipalities with over five hundred and less than five hundred thousand inhabitants) thanks to the results thrown by the census made in 1999.

Ski is one of the activities developed in this zone. Caviahue ski resort lies near the district and it is an excellent site to enjoy this sport, as snowfalls are intense and, accordingly, the snow quality is favored. Furthermore, the monkey-puzzle tree woods that cover the area make this site unique and charming. Thirteen trails for the practice of this sport, as well as nine lifts, may be found in this center.

For all these reasons, today Caviahue is one of the most interesting places to visit in the Province of Neuquén, not only due to its ski center but also for having become one of the most relevant hydrothermal centers, visited by people from the most diverse sites to enjoy the healing properties of its waters.

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