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Walking Tour Of Gaiman - City Walk Gaiman - Argentina

Spend a few leisurely hours wandering around Gaiman, checking out the architecture and sights of this quaint Celtic village. Start with a visit to the Museo Histórico Regional in the former train station, where you’ll learn about the town’s past (Entry: $0.60, daily 3-7 p.m. 28 de Julio and Sarmiento). Walk two blacks to the tourism office, where you can climb a path to the top of the hill (50 mt / 160 ft) for a view of the farmlands surrounding Gaiman. On your way down the trail, cut through the old 300-meter-long (975-ft) railroad tunnel (bring a flashlight).

At the end of the tunnel, a plain, two-story brick building houses the Museo AntropolĂłgico. This small museum covers the ethnology of indigenous lives before and after the Europeans arrived (daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. West end of railroad tunnel. Entry: free, a small fee in summer. Arrange visit with tourism office, Tel.: 49-1571). From here go left one block, then right another block to MD Jones. Colegio Gamwy, Patagonia's first secondary school, is on the corner. Opened in 1906, this school continues to teach classes in Welsh. The post office is on the next block toward downtown. This is the only building in Gaiman constructed of chapa (corrugated tin).

At 28 de Julio, turn right onto JC Evans, then left. Midway down is the first house constructed in Gaiman. Built in 1874 by David D. Roberts, this stone home is now a museum with period furniture (Entry: $1.40. Daily 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tel: 49-1571). JC Evans crosses the Río Chubut, to the village’s main farm area. At O. Weise, make a left to Morgan and then go right following this road around to the Capilla Bethel and Capilla Vieja. The Vieja was built in 1884 by an independent Protestant congregation. The newer, larger chapel, Bethel, was erected in 1913.

From here, go south on Roberts to where you’ll see a sign to Gorsedd, the plaza with a miniature Stonehenge. The opening ceremonies of the regional Eisteddfod are held here every October.

Gaiman, Argentina

City Walk Types:

Travel Tips:

The tourism office has a map of the other chapels in the valley, which include Salem (Chacra 204B), Seion (Ruta Nacional 7) and Bryn Crwn (Chacra 235).

Price Description:

Free (plus nominal museum entrance fees).

Relative price: Free

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring:

Comfortable shoes, hat and other sun protection, water.

Explore Parque El DesafĂ­o and Parque PaleontolĂłgico Bryn Gwyn. End the afternoon with a traditional Welsh Tea.

Currencies accepted
Argentine Peso

By Lorraine Caputo

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