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Altitude: 260 meters/853 feet, Population: 201,868, Telephone Code: 0299

Founded in 1904, the young city of Neuquén had previously been inhabited by the indigenous Mapuche and Tehuelche peoples, whose populations were largely killed off by European descendants. Neuquén means bold, powerful, and arrogant in the Mapuche language. During the last 50 years, the city has come to embody its name, with a population that has ballooned to over 260,000 residents after oil was discovered in the region.

As the capital of Neuquén province, the city is easily the largest city in Patagonia and is an anomaly in the region where the majority of towns are less than one fifth of its size. Still, Neuquén is located on two beautiful rivers, the Limay and Neuquén, which help the city maintain the beauty for which Patagonia is known. Neuquén is the commercial hub in the region and relies more on its large oil and agricultural industries than on tourism. Still, there are plenty of exciting things to see and do throughout the year, and this city is a good place to start or end a trip through the rest of the lake region.

Estancia Ranquilco is a remote cattle ranch in northern Patagonia that offers amazing horse riding and fly fishing. We takes groups on incredible mountain pack trips into the Andean mountain range.


Other places nearby Neuquén : Bariloche, Villa La Angostura, Junín De Los Andes, El Bolson, Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, Esquel, Chos Malal, Lago Norquinco, Lago Lácar and Lago Traful.

19 Jul 2011

Things to do in Neuquén

Run Cattle With the Gauchos

132849The annual branding of calves on a ranch calls for a huge party, called a Yerra. At Estancia Ranquilco, they slaughter a cow for a grand BBQ and gauchos and friends come from all over the surrounding ...
Horseback Riding
Neuquén , Argentina

Mountain Pack Adventures in the Andes

132851Mountain horse trekking into the Andes is an incredible way to see Patagonia. You'll ride over mountains and valleys, forge rivers and skirt lakes to see waterfalls, condors, volcanoes and hot ...
Horseback Riding
Neuquén , Argentina


Visit the world\'s southernmost observatory to learn about the constellations that are visible across the South American continent. The Andes are well-known as one of the best places in the world to ...
Other Activity
Neuquén , Argentina

Balcon Del Valle

Walk or drive up to the Balcon del Valle, where you can quietly gaze out over a panoramic view of the city and the Limay and Neuquen rivers at 264 meters above sea level. This is the perfect place ...
City Park
Neuquén , Argentina

Art and History Museums

Art, history, architecture, and train enthusiasts will enjoy the four museums that occupy the renovated railway station in the center of the city. A national fine arts museum, a sculpture museum, a ...
Neuquén , Argentina

Riverfront Walk

Head South along Av. Argentina until it turns into Av. Coronel Olascoaga, where you\'ll eventually find an artificial beach created along the riverfront. When the weather is hot, you\'ll find locals ...
Neuquén , Argentina

Dinosaur Sites

Three sites just outside of Neuquén offer visitors an opportunity to explore some of the largest dinosaur findings in the world. In Plaza Huincul (106 km west of Neuquén towards Zapala), the ...
Neuquén , Argentina
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