Blogs from Neuquén, Neuquén, Argentina, South America


South America » Argentina » Neuquén » Neuquén May 4th 2012

There was much debate about where to head after Bariloche. Mendoza was a long way and far from BA and Eileen was tired of being cold in the mountains so we settled on Neuquen. After an easy 5 hour ride in a ‘full cama’ bus (the bus equivalent of business class with large recliner seats) I wondered would Neuquen’s claim to fame be its palindromic name. My researching the bus options out of Neuquen as soon as we arrived at the Neuquen bus terminal had Eileen bemused. Why would I not want to stay a few days in a city that boasts a canal irrigation system built to allow crops to grow and be transported, big hydro-electric power stations, huge lakes, petroleum extraction, palaeontology sites, and award winning wines? She had the distinct impression I did ... read more
Sauropod femur
Femur information
Leigh and his friend the Megaraptor

South America » Argentina » Neuquén » Neuquén March 18th 2011

After spending my last day in the city (partyl with Andreas, an Austrian guy from the hostel), visiting some parks and the MMAMM (museum with paintings of the Andes - very beautiful), I took my bus to Neuquén. This time we didn't have any problems except for a delay of about 1/2h. Since it's very difficult to sleep in these buses, I watched the movies and looked out of the window. However, most of the time (12h) one could see only grass, bushes, and some trees, which is impressing but after a while a bit boring. But the starry sky and the sun rise were great! The hostel here is very close to the bus station (convenient), but a bit far from the microcentro. However, the bus drivers are lovely: I took the bus to go ... read more

South America » Argentina » Neuquén » Neuquén February 4th 2010

And would you believe it, we found one! Luckily it was in a museum, and someone gave us directions. We came here as we were curious about the dinosaur bones and footprints, but also partly as it's on the way to Puerto Madryn where we're told you can swim with sea lions! Neuquén was a nice enough city, but a little bit quiet after the others we'd been to. It did have a river with a little man made beach overlooking a forest and hills (sorry, no pictures). The water was very clean and even though it was close to freezing I was brave enough to have a bit of a swim. After this we had a craving for mexican food, so we asked someone and got directed to a place called Bambu. Turned out it ... read more
Funny bones
What s that behind you?

South America » Argentina » Neuquén » Neuquén March 15th 2009

(pictures to come) I spent the last few days in Bariloche at the Playa Bonita and kiyacking on Lago Guiterrez. The lake was huge and we stopped after an hour and a half to drink some Matte (Argentinian tea) and to eat medialunas. We also had a quick swim but the water was freeeezing! It was sad to say goodbye to Bariloche but a breathtaking bus ride out of the town made me realise how lucky I had been to spend two weeks there. 6 hours later I was at Neuquen. The bus terminal looked more like an airport and following my trusty guidebook I found the bus and headed into town to find a hostel. Neuquen was a little peculiar on first thoughts. It has a 1950´s American feel to it, with pastel colours, huge ... read more
Child and ice cream
Big dinosaur bones
Bus to Mendoza

South America » Argentina » Neuquén » Neuquén January 31st 2009

a San Martin je décide de retourner vers Tandil. deux escales: Neuquen et Bahia Blanca. la premier pour quelques heures, la seconde pour deux jours. ... read more
general roca
des vignes

South America » Argentina » Neuquén » Neuquén December 1st 2008

Ok, so Santiago had a point - Bariloche is beautiful. The weather has flipped, the wind dissapeared and revealed a most beautiful lake, rugged snow-capped peaks, massive lakes, crsytal clear rivers, the whole deal. If you´re into the outdoors, you could happily spend weeks exploring and adventuring here, but unfortunately after our week of intensive spanish, we are leaving at the end of the week. Our two rides over the weekend highlighted the dichotomy of this wee town. On sunday we cycled part of circuito chico along the lake, a picturesque, mostly sealed road circuit with huge monstrosities to attract the tourists. A lovely ride. On saturday we went hunting for some single track, and on our journey ended up in the back waters of town. It didn´t take long to lose the seal on the ... read more

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