Neuquén

 

Neuquén is cosily positioned between River Neuquén and River Limay and has plenty to offer tourists interested in dinosaurs and wines among others. The city is well-connected to other popular places to visit in Argentina such as  Bariloche, Lake District and even Chile. If you are beginning your voyage of discovery from Buenos Aires, then you can land at Neuquén Airport and there are atleast four flights to choose from everyday. There are several regular bus services from long-distance and provincial destinations as well.

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Things to do in Neuquén –

-Paleontological tourism

The history of dinosaurs may be fascinating and intriguing, but here’s a chance to experience it for real. Ernesto Bachmann Museum is one such place that delves deep into the historic roots of this gigantic creature with life-size replicas that can leave you with a jaw-dropping moment owing to their sheer size. Now even little tourists can turn palaeontologists for a day and try their hand at digging out bones using a small shovel and brush. For more live action head to Lake Barreales where the surrounding site is believed to hold 90-million year old dinosaur fossils. A guided tour showcases a dig through the area to recover fossils, cleaning techniques and ways to treat and conserve them.

-Wineries

When you talking about Argentina, wine can never be left behind irrespective of the region you are visiting. So get set to taste and explore Patagonian wine at San Patricio del Chañar and Alto Valle de Rio Negro.

Neuquén is well-known for red wine owing to its dry, windy and cold climate but expect to find some nice sparkling varietals as well. Rent a car or use the public transport (tricky!) to get there. Most wine tours and tastings last about an hour each and they can be combined with a meal at nearby restaurants that dot the wineries.

-Hot Springs

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Northern Neuquén is renowned for sporting action during winter and thermal activity and much of it is due to the fact that the region lies close to Copahue Volcano. Copahue Provincial Park is spread over a vast area and tourists can absorb the sights and sounds of streams, creeks and monkey-puzzle trees. The hot springs of Copahue are known to have therapeutic properties that invigorate the body and mind, and are popular among tourists who usually sign up for a massage session or mud therapy.

-Ascents and Trekking

Now this is certainly not for the faint-hearted as it is physically demanding and technically difficult. The Lanín and Domuyo Volcano ascent is a thrilling experience offering amazing views of the summit, wild landscapes and a peek into steaming craters. Those looking for a lesser challenge can try Andean track hiking with views of picturesque hamlets and watercourses as added bonuses.

Strong snowfalls can be witnessed at wintertime and that’s when tourists make a beeline to the six ski-resorts of Neuquén and snow sports enthusiasts are in for a treat. These resorts are classified based on their elevation with Caviahue being the tallest of them all.

Capital city of the province bearing the same name. Its name derives from the Mapuche word Newenken, which means fast-flowing.It is located in the west of the country,where the Limay and Neuquén rivers join together. It borders Mendoza to the north, Rio Negro to the southeast and Chile to the west. The plain close to the river is known as “el bajo “(Lower Neuquén) and to the north of the city, a natural balcony featuring incredible sights is called “el alto” (Higher Neuquén).

Population: 340.000

Neuquen is plenty of volcanoes and a series of lakes including the Nahuel Huapi Lake , the Aluminé Lake, Lácar Lake, Huechulaufquen Lake, Lolog , Traful, Hermoso, Quillén, Ñorquinco, Tromen and Falkner.

nuqn  -The Lanin volcano (3770 mts) it is an amazing mountain.

-Copahue volcano : rests on the mirror of the Lake Caviahue.

-Lago Barreales Paleontological Center is one of the city attractions: The Centro Paleontológico Lago Barreales is located in the center-east area of the Neuquén province, in the Loma de La Lata zone. (archeological works are being conducted)

-Rio Limay : It is a beautiful scenery , very peaceful and quiet place.

-Museo nacional de bellas Artes: Inaugurated in 2003.

-The Bodega NQN (NQN Winery): it has international gold and silver medals achieved for their wines ( malbec)

-Handcrafts Market : in the main avenue of Neuquen The winters are very cold and the summers are very hot, the winds are very strong.

Neuquen is home of the magnificent Arrayanes forest at the Los Arrayanes National Park. the province has many and varied options for winter and summer; San Martín de los Andes, Villa La Angostura, Camino de los Siete Lagos, Los Arrayanes National Park, Lanín National Park, Nahuel Huapí National Park, Laguna Blanca National Park, and the Copahue hot baths are just some of them. For the winter season, there are the ski centres of Chapelco, Cerro Bayo and Caviahue.

Distances from Neuquen:

Bahia Blanca 566 kms

Bariloche 416 kms

Buenos Aires 1.147 kms

Córdoba 1.135 kms

Comodoro Rivadavia 1.209 kms

Mendoza 837 kms

Posadas 2.058 kms

Rawson 743 kms

San Martín de los Andes 432 kms

Santa Fé 1.344 kms

San Salvador de Jujuy 2.012 kms

Santa Rosa 535 kms

Ushuaia. 2.532 kms

Viedma 557 kms

Villa La Angostura 477 kms

 

You can arrive by plane : there are daily flights to Buenos Aires

or By Bus.