El Viejo Expreso Patagonico... The Old Patagonic Express, the rail widht is astonishing narrow, just 75 centimeters... built in the first years of the XX century, dragged by the machines built in England and Germany in the last years of the XIX century... well, say no more.
The journey through the patagonic steppe and later among the mountains is a journey to the past, with iron heathers installed inside the wagons, and feeded with wood, everything is old, and everything works more or less in good shape because the huge effort made by those people that keep working the little train, with love, a lot of.
The west patagonia is very different of the dry inhospitable plateau and the seaside at the east . The west patagonia is plenty of mountains, forests, roaring rivers and lakes, a miracle of the nature
So, if you like rafting through fast and limpid rivers, here you have your opportunity at the Corcovado river and the Carrenleufu river, two furious streams of water running from the top of Andean mountains to the east, looking for the South Atlantic among mountains and forests.
Once time someone told me that horse riding -the horses indeed- is a balsam for our souls, a calming experience due to the proximity of this noble animals. But if you add to this mistic experience the opportunity to ride a horse in this environment you will find the most similar thing to the Nirvana... ;-D)
Esquel is a countryside location, then you can take a horseriding at any time, heading to anyplace...
Do you like trouts grilled, meanwhile your sight is lost in the woody fire, surrounded by the last lights of the evening?
Time for fishing, here we have the perfect place, or almost. Rivers, lakes, you can do it from the shore, or on a boat, or simply floating like this guy on the picture, well... it is not the heaven, but is just beside...
I told you so... Esquel is nailed among the mountains, then if you like climbing in any stiyle you have the whole arc of options. From the easy almost without an effort, to the most difficult just for experts. As a bonus you will step a clean environment, without pollution and lonely places. Just be respectful, keep your garbages with you until be back in town, then use the garbages recipients.
You know, we wish to keep our Patagonia asi it is, for the future generations. Thanks a lot.
This is the place where you will find the best Fly Fishing Guides and Outfitters from Patagonia Argentina.
The Esquel area in Patagonia Argentina, is the fishing place per excellence, well differentiated because it combines wild diversity and quality of trouts.
The fly fishing it's the method that is promoted by this area, and through it the fisherman (accompanied by Javier Diez our Head Guide and Outfitter) will make possible the maximum potentiality that offer the different waters.Located to 200 km to the SW of Buenos Aires it's Esquel city, situated at NW of Chubut province, to 350 mts. over the sea.
Very near to the frontier with Chile, framed by the "Los Andes" mountain range, the Esquel area is one of the places more beautiful of the world, to largely be protected by the " Los Alerces" National Park, which conserves their almost virginally conditions regarding their flora and fauna.
All this makes this area becomes the paradise of any fisherman, where you will find the trouts of your dreams by the fighting and size of the trouts obtained in this area.
This fantastic means of communication, well known affectionately as “the trail” (El Trochita) joins Ingeniero Jacobacci and Esquel sice 1945. Its railroad of narrow trail has only 75 cm wide.
It travels through the Patagonia attracting admires from all parts of the globe. It is to fantastic attractiveness that has lots of anecdotes and leyends.
Admires of vapor trains come here to make 402 kilometers, 626 curves, cross Chico River and a tunnel of 108 m, in this fabulous machine.
Many years ago, The Old Patagonian Express used to carry wool and livestock of 25000 tons per year. But when alternative means of transports appear, lots of people stopped using it. Now, it only makes two trips, taking passengers and sometimes load. However, it is still very important for the Patagonia inhabitants that do not have any transport. And more even in winter, when snow covers the routs and this Old Express is the only way out: “Perhaps El Trochita takes an eternity by it always arrives”.
Its locomotives of Mikado type where manufactured by Baldwin Locomotive Works in the United States and the Henchel of Germany in 1922. It was converted to Fuel Oil after the second World War, after 7 decades of use. Now, it hardly makes his journey of 14 hours. The boxcars, built by the Belgium factory Famillereux, are of the same time. The heating is obtained by means of salamanders that the passengers feed according to the climante and it is also used to heat water for mate, soup or even to make beef.
For all the tourists that do not have time to go to Jacobacci, the Old Express has also a stop in Nahuel Pan Station, located at 20 km from Esquel and near to 259 National Route.
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