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Stories and Tips Esquel

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Esquel and Trevelin: Welsh Heritage on the Andes

Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 05 Jul, 2007

Esquel and Trevelin, home of the Andean Welsh Colonization.Some twenty or thirty years after the Welsh colonizers disembarked in Puerto Madryn, and after having settled down in Gaiman, some brave colonizers decided to cross on horseback to the Andes. I have no idea how long…Read More


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The tour to lakes Futalaufquen, Verde, Menéndez and Cisne

Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 28 Mar, 2007

This is the most complete motorboat tour I have taken in all Argentina. First you travel about an hour on a traffic van from Esquel up to lake Futalaufquen, crossing over the Percy River bridge, along the Terraplén lagoon, cross the Fontana stream (although small,…Read More


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Where To Stay in Esquel, Trevelin, or the Park

Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 15 Jan, 2007

While staying inside Los Alerces National Park offers the most beautiful views for relaxing, you have nowhere to go and it is also the most expensive option. There are very few hotels inside the National Park, and the owners are aware of this. So you…Read More


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Andes, Penguins, Whales and Beaches (Puerto Madryn)

Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 13 Jan, 2007

When I go to Esquel, I enjoy crossing over to Puerto Madryn (I did that two years ago). And the opposite is also true.Esquel is only nine hours away by bus from Puerto Madryn, one of the most fascinating places in Argentina. At least four…Read More


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The Welsh Colonization Museum and the Nanty Falls Provincial Reserve

Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 09 Jan, 2007

Trevelin had since 1875 a predominantly Welsh population, and Welsh was spoken more than Spanish. This changed with the construction of the Quime Quipan ("Lost Beauty" in native Indian language) Dam, which has this name because the largest part of the Futaleufu River rapids disappeared…Read More


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Other Attractions in the Esquel Area

Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 28 Mar, 2007

There are a number of tours you can take in the area next to Esquel. The city itself is surrounded by mountains, and the nearby La Hoya Ski Center is some 12 miles away from the downtown. I took a taxi there a couple of…Read More


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The Road to El Bolsón

Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 28 Mar, 2007

El Bolsón is only two and a half hours away from Esquel on the direct route through El Maitén. I have fished in the Chubut river up there; trouts were not large, but fishing was exciting. But there is one thing you must keep in…Read More


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Trevelin, another live monument to Welsh colonization

Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 28 Mar, 2007

After Gaiman, that conserves intact its Welsh heritage, Trevelin is probably the most important Welsh colonization reference in Argentina. It was founded in 1865, when only Mapuche Indians inhabited this area. Although while crossing from Gaiman to Trevelin they were pursued by Indians, they managed…Read More


The Old Patagonian Express

Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 13 Jan, 2007

This railway is a museum piece that deserves a visit. And travelling on it will take you nearly a century back in history, maybe resembling the Far West railways in the USA. I remember having travelled on this train when the whole trip from Bahia…Read More


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