"YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL" Neuquén by Orkaena

Neuquén Travel Guide: 30 reviews and 50 photos

THE LANGUAGE OF THE TERROIR

Neuquen is the place where I live now, this patagonic province is located at the northwest of the region named "Patagonia", the southernmost region of Argentina, the american continent and even the whole world.
Nailed in the desert, this city rests on the junction of two rivers which flows from the (not too far) mountains to the ocean, Neuquen and Limay rivers.
At more or less 170 kilometers to the west the majestic Cordillera de Los Andes, and at 400 kilómeters to the east the turbulent South Atlantic Ocean.

Life still flowing...

"Neuquen" is an aboriginal word. A Mapuche word. The meaning?
"Brave".
Very appropriated name for this mountain river with transparent waters like crystals and cold as a piece of ice.
This terroir belonged to the Mapuche people, a noble tribe whom ruled the northpatagonia lands along 1000 years.
150 years ago the white men arrived and broken the peace, the history is repeated as in the whole american colonization process, crime, steal, genocide and subjugation.
Now the land belongs to a modern white people republic and the city of Neuquen celebrated his first hundred years in 2004. City of inmigrants with a population of 250.000 , the age average of his inhabitants is the youngest of the country, 29 years old...

The Colors of the Desert

The patagonic steppe is composed by an amazing palette of colors, red, ocre, beige, and a hard, short, inhospitable vegetation fighting for survival against the dry land and the wind.
This is a partial view of the city of Neuquén behind the borders of the red patagonic meseta, "La Barda", looking straight to the south.

  • Last visit to Neuquén: Jul 2005
  • Intro Updated Jul 15, 2005
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  • johngayton's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    That would be amazing Carlos and it would be great to have Manuel too. Check out the accommodation tab on our website - http://www.lundyisland.co.uk/ I'd recommend either Castle Cottage or The Old School as both have tremendous views over the Channel. When you get a firm date let me know and I'll book accommodation and sailings for you both - I do have certain perks.

  • laurenohara's Profile Photo
    Oct 7, 2010 at 2:45 AM

    Thanks for your tips....am coming to work in Neuquen for a month English examining in November...are there any tour companies that arrange weekend trips ..what would you recommend...first time in Argentina. cheers Lauren

  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Jun 14, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    A ver si vuelvo algún día a la Patagonia y estoy mucho más tiempo, quiero ir a la Tierra del Fuego también

  • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2009 at 1:44 AM

    Things to do: wine tasting. Of course! PJ

  • marielexoteria's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    Espero poder visitar a Neuquén algún día. Argentina por ahora es un sueño para mí.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jun 21, 2008 at 2:06 AM

    Excellent home page Carlos - certainly lovely colours around your town - and glad to see theres a meaty Arentinian restaurant!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2007 at 6:09 AM

    great page Carlos!

  • OH_DK's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2007 at 2:14 AM

    Just read about you hometown Carlos - great tips and photos you have here! I was in Mexico and Guatemala 2 times, but now I see that I have to go further south on the next trip.

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2007 at 3:30 AM

    Hi Carlos, very interesting page of Neuquén ! The architecture of your house is really great ! Co wrote you I was preparing a trip to Argentina by end of the year. We have to postpone it.

  • littlesam1's Profile Photo
    Sep 29, 2007 at 9:31 PM

    Fantastic page. Mark and I are thinking about trying to figure out a way to work Neuquen into our trip in January. It looks beautiful and fascinating.

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