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Its maritime coastland is one of the richest sites as far as species diversity is concerned. Bird Watching - mainly penguins - happens to be the preferred choice for many visitors. Sea lions, seals, killer whales and the Southern Right Whale are the other main characters of this natural stage.
Adventure activities are also an option: winter activities at centers like La Hoya, trekking, mountain activities, bike tours, canoeing, rafting or paragliding. For those willing to discover the cultural influences of each region, some towns like Trevelin or Gaiman keep almost intact certain features of the Welsh culture.
The tea ceremony, together with the elaboration of traditional cakes, is an experience worth to be “tasted”.
Its national parks, among which outstands the Los Alerces National Park, are suitable for adventure and ecotourism, mainly the observation and bird watching and the wide variety of their rich flora and fauna species.
Tourists are seduced by the Patagonian ancient expresstrain La Trochita, called that way because of the narrow separation between its rails. Its old wooden wagons are ideal to enjoy the circuit that covers part of the southern lands and permits to unveil the region’s unmistakable charm.
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Cerro La Hoya is at 8 miles from Esquel, in the province of Chubut. This Andean area keeps the characteristic beauty of the region but it also surprises with its perfect mixture of forests, mountains, lakes, plateau and a singular Welsh traditional culture. Adventurers and ski fans find at this winter center a great quantity of off-slopes that connect the 24 slopes among each other and present an actual challenge in the mountain. With a good quantity of powder snow, La Hoya is ideal for the practice of Alpine ski, cross country ski and snowboard. There areas specially prepared for snowmobile, ski lessons and snow activities for children and adults having fun in the snow. Near this center, one of the most beautiful national parks in Patagonia appears in the horizon: Los Alerces National Park. Even in winter, it is possible to get to its viewpoints, walk through its pathways, go around the Futalaufquen Lake and see the cave paintings sheltered in the park. From the little railway station in Esquel departs one of the most important tourist trains in the country: La Trochita, the Old Patagonian Express. Its current route reaches Nahuel Pan, where the local community exhibits and sells their handcrafts. They also have a site museum open to the public. The Welsh culture is present in Trevelin, at 14 miles from Esquel. This little town is in the middle of an agricultural and cattle breeding valley surrounded by the imposing Andean Range. There, it is possible to learn the history of Welsh settlers in Argentina, perform activities related to rural tourism and taste the traditional Welsh tea. Esquel’s Airport receives regular flights from Buenos Aires. It is also accessible by bus, with regular services from San Carlos de Bariloche.See in the map
Located in the Argentine Patagonia, the MEF is a science research and exhibition center. The MEF’s permanent exhibition offers visitors the possibility of embarking on a journey to the past and learn about topics such as the first inhabitants of Patagonia, and the origins of life on Earth. Its major attraction, the huge Patagonia dinosaurs, is part of the itinerant exhibitions. The MEF also manages the Bryn Gwyn Geo-Park, located in nearby Gaiman.See in the map
It features the largest reproductive colony of Magellanic penguins in the world. This place offers unique peculiarities that invite thousands of tourists to come visit every year, and appreciate this natural wonder in its pure state. Due to its easy access, it is possible to watch a great number of specimens from a short distance.See in the map
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At tea time, stories about giant dinosaurs and brave settlers.
Among mountains, lakes and native forests, adrenaline at its purest state.
For as long as 359 miles, a landscape that has it all: native woods, transparent water mirrors and majestic birds.
In the region of lakes and mountains, among millenary trees and pronounced slopes: birds that enhance the beauty of this Southern landscape.
At the Patagonian Atlantic Coast, a unique and unforgettable experience.
Patagonia offers exquisite seafood, delicious roasted lamb, homemade pastries and the traditional ceremony of the Welsh tea.
A unique fishing destination. An intimate experience: only the river, trouts and fishermen. An authentic luxury with a guaranteed trophy.
A legendary train to know the rural Patagonian landscapes.
At the mountain’s feet, in the middle of the steppe, in the forests or on the seashore, one of the most demanded dishes of the Argentina Cuisine.
Mythical peaks comprised the so called “Patagonian roof”. Mountains where the wild nature merges with old legends. An actual challenge for climbers all over the world.
At the Andean Patagonia, following Route 40, days start and end at different destinations at an adventure on wheels.
Between deeply green woods and incredibly transparent lakes, heroism and love stories and legends explain the origin of everything.
Neuquén, Río Negro and Chubut present a White Route to enjoy winter in a 100%.
Colors, shapes and details that vary with the sunlight and with each season. Ideal natural scenarios for photograph fans.
In spring, visit the nice Magellanic Penguins.
Discovering the deep ocean. Playing with its inhabitants. Unveiling sea wonders.
Water mirrors fed by melting waters coming from the mountains. Sources of ancestral stories and myths that attract investigators, dreamers and poets.
Nature in virgin state. Usages of the country people. Seductive starry nights. Patagonian Immensity.
Visit the thousand and one roads of this World Heritage and prepare yourself of the most naturally majestic surprises.
At the Patagonian steppe, an unmissable place for birdwatching lovers.