Nestled between the Limay and Neuquen rivers, Neuquen is known for its world-class wineries and dinosaur discoveries. Leafy green plazas and delightful galleries dot the town centre, while paleontological sites, vast lakes and vineyards occupy the surrounding Alto Valley.
Things to do
Admire art at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, designed by famous Argentine architect Mario Roberto Alvarez. The museum features a collection of paintings by some of Argentina’s most prestigious artists, as well as contemporary photographs and sculptures from across Europe.
Tour the award-winning Familia Schroeder Bodega. Learn about each stage of the winemaking process and visit the “Dinosaur Cellar”, named after a giant Panamericansaurus Schroeder fossil discovered during the winery’s construction. Taste an exceptional range of sparkling and still wines before sitting down for lunch overlooking the vineyards.
Explore Villa El Chocon, a small village nicknamed “Dinosaur’s Valley” after the remarkable discoveries made in the area, including the world’s largest carnivore in 1993. See an impressive display of dinosaur fossils in the Ernesto Bachmann Paleontological Museum, before hiking through Cañadón Escondido, a stunning red canyon overlooking Lake Ezequiel Ramos Mexia.
Don’t leave without visiting Bodega Malma, the region’s most famous winery. Discover the fermentation process and enjoy tastings from the oak barrels. Indulge in the five-course degustation menu while enjoying the warmth of the fireplace and splendid views of the Patagonian steppe.
Presidente Perón International Airport is a 20-minute taxi or bus ride from Neuquen. Trains arrive at Neuquen from Cipolletti, while buses travel from major cities, including Buenos Aires, Salta and Mendoza. Although Neuquen is walkable, buses, taxis and rental cars are available.
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