"BORN WITH THE LAKE" Villa El Chocón by Orkaena

Villa El Chocón Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 26 photos


Located at 70 kilometers to the southwest of the capitol city of Neuquen, the little and lazy village of El Chocón technically was born on the last days of the 60 decade, when the contractor assigned to built the great dam on the Limay river, made of stones and lime (yes, lime, it isn't cement) should install accomodations for thousands of workers and engineers.
Once finished the dam works and started to generate electricity the workers emigrated again leaving behind them all the facilities and accomodations empty. Of course for this moment some little shops and essential services were installed too and then some people decided to live beside this huge new lake and the astonishing surrounds created by him.


But during the excavations works for the dam something strange happen, began to appear a rare collection of huge fossile bones, gigantic someones, and a lot.
The University started to investigate and they found that the bones belongs to dinosaurs with more than 100 millions years. Bingo.
Huge quantities of complete fossile skeletons of new specimens, almost all of them belonging to unknown species.


A crowd of enthusiastic palaeontologists from every corner of the planet came to investigate the new discovery, and found more than bones, they found fossilized steps, almost in perfect conditions, but a regrettable fact hits the palaeo universe, the growing artificial lake will cover all of them or almost. Just only a few traces survives until today, and due to the tourism and the lack of caress they are disappearing. What a pity.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wonderful, almost original wilderness
  • Cons:needs more touristic services
  • In a nutshell:The New Noah Ark
  • Last visit to Villa El Chocón: Jan 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • la_beba's Profile Photo
    Jun 24, 2006 at 4:20 PM

    jajajaja! vale! yo te aviso quien gana!

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2006 at 4:57 AM

    Wow Gigantosaurus Carolinii", taller than Tyranosaurus rex! What a beast! A great page, not only because of the size of the giant lizards!

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2006 at 10:06 AM

    hey Carlos! truly useful for my planning, tks. Uuu, to think a lack of caress destroyed the paleo universe! ;) I'll watch out for those steps, promise!

  • Jul 27, 2005 at 6:04 PM

    ¡Qué dinosaurios! Wow! Ese lugar parece muy hermoso. Tus photos son lindos también. E

  • sinequanon's Profile Photo
    Jul 25, 2005 at 3:04 PM

    but of course the T-Rex was better, smarter, exceded at everything he did! what did you think ehhh? how dare you think differently ;-)))) filakia desde Ellada!

  • chancay's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2005 at 8:41 AM

    Impresionante!! madre mia...por si acaso, la madre de tu hijo ;-) es muy linda...buen gusto tienes, compadre ;-D

  • magdaki's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2005 at 8:38 AM

    no me extrana la historia con el discovery channel...porque esperabas algo diferente? las fotografias en el travelogue "los gigantes" son estupendas!


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