The dunes are a must Nihuil attractive if you visit the city of San Rafael. Eighty kilometers of sanrafaelina capital, are accessed through the Villa El Nihuil. This is a desert sand large area formed by sediments of volcanic sand. It occupies a total of 30,000 hectares, and some of the dunes reach 200 meters.
The temperature in the summer usually exceed 50 ° C, so if you want to visit during this season, it is best to do it early, when the day is just beginning. The only way to move the dunes is through vehicles prepared as motocross, ATVs and 4x4s. It’s easy to get lost due to the extension and lack of benchmarks place, so we recommend going with a guide.
The inhospitable climate of the place caused the surprise of the participants of the Dakar rally, because the dunes were home to some instance travel, and have been declared as one of the toughest circuits of the competition. The high summer temperatures make the sand traps capable of sucking the bottom of the car. Therefore, it is necessary to visit them with the proper equipment.
If visiting the dunes with 4×4 vehicles can tow sleds sand closer look at the landscape. From there the volcanic peaks of the Payunia are observed, and as is very close to Canyon Dam atuel and Nihuil, you can also visit the surrounding area to a quieter route.