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Location and Main Characteristics

Chubut is named after the river of the same name that crosses this province from the Andes Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean. Chubut is a word in the language of the tehuelches, i.e., the aborigines that inhabited the region and it means "clear" in reference to the clarity of the river upstream.

The unique topography, of this province, made up by Andean mountains and forests, lakes, large inland plateaus, shores and cliff coastline turn Chubut into a privileged creation, enriched by a passionate history that has left a cultural heritage such as the Welsh colonization and the paleontological and archeological remains that have become major tourist attractions.

Sea shores have a major variety of sea fauna, which gave rise to the creation of a number of provincial Protected Natural Areas, with Península Valdés being the most significant as it has been declared to be a "UNESCO World Heritage" natural site in 1999.

How to get there

The province can be accessed along a major road network fit for traffic all the year round and it has four airports built in the cities of Comodoro Rivadavia, Trelew, Puerto Madryn and Esquel.

Each one of the province’s cities is served by several road transportation, companies that allow visitors to get to the main cities in the province.

In turn, it has two international harbors (Puerto Madryn and Comodoro Rivadavia), and three fishing harbors (Rawson, Camarones and Caleta Córdova).

Production activities

Chubut occupies a leading position in the production, industrial processing and exports of wool and it enjoys manifold advantages for the development of the forestry industry. In addition, Chubut hosts agricultural and livestock establishments with non-traditional products and major fruit and vegetable production – cherries and plums, fine fruits, aromatic plants, hay and potato. The hydrocarbon industry is responsible for the highest value added contributed to the province and the same applies to fishery, as it is the other cornerstone of Chubut’s economy.

Tourist attractions for all: the Four Regions

Lower Valley of the Chubut River Region − Península Valdés.

It is impossible, when speaking about the Patagonian coast, to fail to mention its impressive land and maritime fauna or the contrasting landscapes offered by the steppe embraced by the blue sea. This region comprises tourist destinations such as Puerto Madryn, Trelew, Rawson, Gaiman, the Florentino Ameghino Dam, Puerto Pirámides as well as the protected areas of Península Valdés, Punta Tombo and Punta Loma.


Puerto Madryn


Puerto Madryn is an interesting starting point to discover this region’s attractions. Its plentiful offerings include eco-tourism and adventure: wildlife watching, diving in natural reefs and shipwreck sites, mountain bike, trekking, fishing, drives in 4 wheel-drive vehicles, sailing, visits to maritime and paleontological interpretation centers. Touted as the Argentine Capital of Water Activities, it is the spot chosen by amateur and professional divers because of its clear waters and its rich submarine parkss.

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Península Valdés – Puerto Pirámides


Península Valdés − Puerto Pirámides: This unique tourist village is located in Península Valdés, a curious and noticeable peninsula in the northeasternmost part of Chubut. Along the slim Carlos Ameghino Isthmus visitors will find the access point to the Península Valdés Comprehensive Reserve, which offers an Interpretive Center for the place’s fauna, flora and history, together with a team of qualified fauna keepers that shall provide visitors with all the information required. Puerto Pirámides is a sea village, with crystalline waters, many depths and manifold possibilities. The dunes and the sky seem to be in perpetual movement, which stirs unlimited imagination and adventures. This village is equipped with all the amenities required by tourists and if offers water and land activities: whale watching, diving, windsurf, sailing, sports fishing, trekking, mountainbike and sandboard. During the period June through December of each year, people from all over the world make a point of visiting this small village in order to witness a unique event: : sightings of the Southern Right Whale.

Remember to charge sufficient fuel before setting out along the four Protected Areas in the Peninsula scattered along the coastline of its contour: Isla de los Pájaros, Punta Pirámide, Caleta Valdés and Punta Norte.

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Gaiman


Gaiman is Chubut’s first municipality and it is located 17 km from Trelew and 80 km from Puerto Madryn. Gaiman allows tourists to step into a different environment, drenched in Welsh tradition. The descendants of the town’s settlers and inhabitants pride themselves in serving the characteristic and exquisite Welsh tea. Lodgings in Gaiman are available in the urban area such as hotels and inns and then there are rural lodgings.
A tour along either urban or rural Gaiman today allows to re-live the history of the pioneers who founded the place and turned this semi-desertic, arid landscape into a green valley. Witnesses to such epic have been the river, the irrigation channels, the trees, the hayfields and the old buildings such as chapels, houses, schools as well as Gaiman’s inhabitants.

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Trelew


Trelew: Situated in the lower valley of the Chubut River and in northeastern Chubut, this city is the gateway to the various attractions offered by the region. This growing town was named Trelew in honour of Lewis Jones, its founder, tre meaning "town" in Welsh and Lew being an apocope for Lewis and it is today a metropolitan city with major commercial, industrial and services industries inhabited by approximately 100 thousand people 1,450 kilometers south of the City of Buenos Aires and only 20 kilometers from Rawson, the provincial capital city.

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Rawson


Rawson y Playa Unión: Rawson is the Capital city of the Province of Chubut, its main activities being political and administrative as it is the seat of the Provincial Government. Founded by Colonel Julián Murga in 1865, it was declared by law to be the capital city of the Province on November 26, 1957. Adjacent to the harbor, and on the open sea, Playa Unión hands visitors an invitation to enjoy its full-fledged services offering which includes camp sites, other tourist lodgings, stores, sports fields, restaurants and discos that offer a special night life in the summer months. This beach is ideal for windsurf and surf thanks to its topography and climate. Other possibilities are shore fishing (Playa Unión hosts major fishing contests); Commerson’s dolphin sightingsfrom the harbor and throughout the year (except for January and February as this is the mating season) on board a rubber raft.

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Dique F. Ameghino


Dique F. Ameghino: One hundred and twenty kilometers west of Trelew, an imposing work of engineering rises out of the rocks: the Florentino Ameghino Dam. The tranquil village which emerges by the dam is framed by massive red-rock cliffs and the impressive wall of the dam itself which holds the water behind the artificial reservoir, with a length in excess of 25 meters.
The village offers camp sites with facilities for barbecuing, restrooms and grocery stores; and the activities available include canoeing, technical climbing, rappel and trekking. Sport-fishing is another option as the Florentino Ameghino Dam is the habitat of Salmonidae, perches and Great silver smelts.

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Los Andes Region

This region attracts the highest number of visitors to Chubut as it is the home of a succession of lakes with a route showing a defined and consistent landscape crowned by native forests along the Andes.


Rawson


Esquel: Situated amongst imposing mountains and lakes Esquel is the home to the "La Hoya" Mountain Ski Resort.. Esquel’s surroundings are the ideal location for various outdoor activities. Make sure to contact any of the multiple agencies that offer specific tours, equipment and qualified tour guides aside from the offer of traditional tours.

TheOld Patagonian Express “La Trochita” (the narrow gauge train) connects Esquel to El Maitén and to Parque Nacional Los Alerces and tourists therefore have a multiplicity of leisure activities in an extraordinary natural environment.

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Lago Puelo, only 4 kilometers from Parque Nacional, is renowned for its offer of inns, picturesque cabins, organized camp sites and tourist farming establishments that hold fine fruit tastings. Renowned also is the number of restaurants, specially those offering exquisite breakfasts and home-made food, many of them based on local trouts.

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Trevelin Located 22 kilometers from Esquel along RN 259, Trevelin was the starting point of the Welsh colonization in the Andes. The Andes Flour Mill, an undertaking by the settlers, was built on stone and gave the name to the town (Trevelin is Welsh for “Mill Town”).
”). In Trevelin, tourists can stay at bed and breakfasts, cabins or they may rent apartments, in addition to camp sites in the surroundings. The offer of restaurants is wide and the souvenirs comprise handicraft, chocolate, fruit preserves and regional cheese.
The most popular tours leaving Trevelin are to Lago Rosario, the Nant y Fall, the Futaleufú Hydroelectric Complex and Río Grande or Futaleufú, where multiple activities, such as fishing and sailing, are possible.

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Central Plateau Region

Ruta Nacional 25, which connects the Península Valdés Region to the Los Alerces region from East to West, goes through the “Patagonian Grand Canyon”.
Its gigantic rock walls enclose the Chubut River and in some portions the road as well, which runs along its winding path. Lodgings are available in Los Altares or Paso de Indios. Other attractions include rock art, walking and the possibility of enjoying a truly different environment. To the north, Ruta Provincial 4 runs parallel to Ruta 25, surrounding the Somuncurá Plateau and through different townships that offer basic services. Though roads in this area are mainly dirt roads, they are in top form and fit for 4-wheel drive vehicle lovers. This is the Patagonian dream, surrounded by mystery and contrasts.


Senguer - Golfo San Jorge Region

This region conjugates lakes, caves, beaches, petrified forests, rock art, technological undertakings such as the wind park, farms for tourists and the landscapes typical in the oil industry. The area is permeated by a bioceanic feel as it is close to the two oceans.

Camaronesis located on the Camarones Bay, mid-way between Trelew and Comodoro Rivadavia. Its highlight is an exquisite natural environment formed by the blue sea embracing the Patagonian steppe which contributes to the production of prime wool. It is an ideal spot for diving, angling from the shoreline and offshore fishing.

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Comodoro Rivadavia


Comodoro Rivadaviais the largest city in Southern Patagonia. Equipped with a major service structure, this city has a broad offer of modern hotels, prime quality restaurants, a full-fledged network of land transportation services and the General Mosconi airport. Besides, it has an interesting night life, museums related to the oil industry and paleontology, as well as technological breakthroughs such as the imposing Wind Park. Undoubtedly, a novel tourist product that has emerged is the Oil Trail which allows visitors to get familiar with the secrets surrounding the energy resources available in this beautiful Chubut city.

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Sarmientois 156 kilometers west from Comodoro Rivadavia, in the Río Senguer Valley. An area of greens and ochres, framed by the Colhué-Huapi and Musters Lakes, it offers lodgings for tourists, restaurants, camp sites and farms where visitors can choose from an assortment of agricultural tourism offers. It also has a paleontology and anthropology museum that allows visitors to take a closer look into the mysteries of this land. Undoubtedly, the landmark tourist attraction in the area is the Petrified Forest.

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