Located about 300 km south of Bariloche, Esquel is a breezy town in a fertile valley, with a mountain backdrop. It attracts tourists year round, as it is the base for visiting Los Alerces National Park, La Hoya ski resort and the starting point for the famous La Trochita train.
:: Los Alerces National Park: This park is composed of 13 lakes and various river systems, including Lake Futalaufquen and the Arrayanes River- two of the country’s best fishing spots. Others include, Lake Menéndez, home to a forest with 3,000-year-old, 60 m tall larch trees and Lago Verde with its green waters.
:: La Hoya ski resort: Located about 13 km from Esquel. Its southern orientation allows for great snow conditions, making it an ideal spot for spring skiing.
:: La Trochita: Is a historical steam engine train which dates back to 1922. It runs on narrow gauge tracks (75 cm wide) up to the “Nahuel Pan” train station, where a Mapuche community is settled. It currently serves as a tourist attraction.
:: Trevelin: A small Welsh settlement 23 km from Esquel, where the customs, traditions and language are still maintained and are very much a part of every day life. Tip: It’s easy to cross the border by bus to Futaleufú in Chile, the perfect starting point to explore the awe-inspiring Carretera Austral area.
Tip: It’s easy to cross the border by bus to Futaleufú in Chile, the perfect starting point to explore the awe-inspiring Carretera Austral area.