AZUL REFUGIO. Services.
Refugio belongs to the Club Andino Piltriquitrón. It
was made in 1958 of wood cut from the surrounding forrest. An
interesting fact to mention is that the original hut was completely
made with the use of an axe, even the roof made of cypress tile.
It is located at 1300 meters height over the sea level, in the
tall forest limit. Over this height onwards you can find Lenga
achaparrada and stony ground.
The first hut keeper was Ramiro Uriarte. He was in charge of
taking care of the place for eleven years, from 1989 till 2000.
Meanwhile he improved the original refugio with stove equipment,
a floor where people could sleep, a latrine and other stuff
in order to improve the service.
In the year 2000 the refugio concession changed. Lucas Angelino
and Lucía Saquero have been in charged. Since the beginning
the construction was completely modified. Naturally fallen trees
due to wind storms and avalanches were used for this.
the refugio has running water, hot showers and bathrooms from
spring till the end of autumn. During winter the facilities
are restricted due to climate hardness.
Also there is 12 volt DC electricity generated by a mycro hydraulic
turbine and a solar panel, non pollute energy source, set up
by the refugio keepers. This energy is used to feed a VHF communication
system, little illumination and functional music. The produced
waste is recycled. The organic matter used for compost. Tins,
glass, plastic are separated away so as to be carried back to
town or burnt in the area.
The pernocte service (sleeping in the refugio) includes the
kitchen use, fully equipped with dishes, hot shower and mattresses
in the bedroom although is essential to take aislante.
The bedroom is shared among all the travellers. It has thirty
mattresses but as we are talking about a mountain refugio where
no one is let out sometimes, you can find many people during
summer, specifically during January when mattresses are shared
and some have to sleep on the ground floor. The idea is that
no one is let aside sleeping under the uncertain stars roof.
Hot meals are served, homemade bread and beer offered. There
is no market due to the difficulties towards carrying things
which are taken by horse and bag.
is also possible to camp nearby the refugio. You have to pay
for this. The camping area has a communitary closed place where
the fire and tables can be used and you can protect yourself
from rain. In this area you can also find fire places for which
you have to fetch the wood. The camping doesn´t include
hot showers nevertheless the bathrooms are shared among the
refugio and camping.
In order to help taking care of the place, everyone must carry
the inorganic waste
(plastic, glass, tinc, etc.) they have produced during their
The refugio keepers are there since spring till the end of autumn.
Away from this period please inform yourself in the Club Andino
Piltriquitron Office or the Town Council Tourism Office.