This city is known for being the southernmost stop of the steam train “La Trochita”, the old Patagonian express that has been operating since 1945 and was declared National Historic Monument. It is one of the most important attractions of Esquel, besides being one of the excursions not to be missed in any season of the year.
Among the most important places to visit in Esquel are the Los Alerces National Park, a protected area and UNESCO World Heritage Site with its impressive forest of ancient larch trees. Especially the Alerzal Milenario, which is as tall as the Obelisk in Buenos Aires and as old as the Greek pantheon. Another place is the Cerro La Cruz from where you can get a panoramic view of the city. Also, it is recommendable to visit the Museo del Ferrocarril Patagónico, which offers an interesting history about the construction of the railway line in Patagonia.
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Getting around the city is best done by car, as public transport services are scarce. However, you can also opt to take a bike or four-wheel tour to explore the surroundings. Argentina Pura can provide you with a car so that all you have to do is enjoy your holiday.
As for the typical food, the famous “asado patagónico” with lamb, beef or deer meat, accompanied by potatoes and salads, stands out. It is also recommended to taste the “curanto”, a traditional dish of fish, meat and vegetables cooked in a hole in the ground.
For sleeping, there is a wide variety of options, from luxury hotels to rustic cabins. If you are looking for something special, we recommend staying in a Patagonian estancia, where you can experience rural life and enjoy incredible landscapes.
In conclusion, Esquel is a unique tourist destination that offers an authentic experience in Argentina. It is a perfect place for those looking to detox from the noise of the big cities and disconnect from the routine. It is a true adventure in nature.
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