Villa El Chocón Travel Guide

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    by Orkaena Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    First time I visited this museum I couldn't believe what my eyes were looking at.
    In our visit last january I was surprised again, because the great improvement and original pieces displayed about the last discoveries.
    Of course the Superstar is the "Giganotosaurio Carolinii" , a thrilling predator similar to the ultrafamous cinematographic T-Rex, but much taller (5,5 mts), longer (16 mts), and heavier (10 tons) than the hollywood fave monster (a funny anecdota about that coming soon on my travelogue "The Fight").
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    A bit tight room for me...
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    by Orkaena Updated Jul 26, 2005

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    Inside the Museum Ernesto Bachmann there are a veeery special place, perhaps the better place of the whole museum.
    This place is a closed patio filled with sand of the desert where the children can get the experience of a real palaeo explorer.
    Before the childs coming in to the patio (where previosuly were buried randomly bones of cow and lamb) the kid are dressed with the special explorers jackets and equipped with searching tools like the real ones.
    You can't believe the face of the kids when they find a bone... so, feeding the spirit, indeed.
    Before they leave the Museum each child receives a diploma extended by the "authority" giving them the status of "Official Rookie Explorer".
    More great smiles. Unforgettable.

    The explorer Manu
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    by Orkaena Updated Jul 21, 2005

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    The Limay river is the divisory line between the province of Neuquen and the province of Rio Negro, of course if you're in the Villa El Chocón and cross the river using the dam road you will be in Rio Negro looking the absolute solitude of the patagonic steppe.
    The pebbles roads are rough and dangerous if you drive laid back so be careful, then if you follow the shoreline of the lake you'll be surprised by the wild geography of "Los Gigantes".
    It is a geological formation emerging from the bottom of the Lake Ramos Mexia (the former canyon of the Limay river), well worth a visit despite the bad paths.
    Take a look on the Travelogue "Los Gigantes"

    Birdsight of Los Gigantes
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Villa El Chocón Restaurants

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    by Orkaena Updated Jul 20, 2005

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    If you're hosted in the cabins, so you'll need some provisions to make your own food, then drive in downtown the Villa and behind the Museum Ernesto Bachmann you'll find a gallery shops with somethings like fast food.
    But in this gallery is the Supermercado San Martín, a small place where you can buy all the essentialls for a good modest table and perhaps a bit more.

    The shop gallery
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    by Orkaena Written Jul 20, 2005

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    Located inside the hostel with the same name, this small restaurante has a splendid view to the lake from the topcliff, and is served with care and hospitality. Local foods with local products, like goat, lamb or trouts, all of them made for us by a young woman.

    Favorite Dish: Rainbow trout with hot spicy sauce

    Owner's pic
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