Chubut

A windswept province in central Patagonia, Chubut is home to some of Argentina's most iconic wildlife: right whales, orcas, elephant seals and penguins.

Culturally, the province is home to one of the only overseas Welsh communities in the world. Dating back to 1865, the Welsh language is still spoken by a handful of the area's inhabitants.

Chubut leads the country when it comes to renewable energy production, both potential and current. The powerful South Atlantic winds over Comodoro Rivadavia, Trelew and Puerto Madryn already produce 137 megawatts of power per year, and are slated to grow rapidly in the coming decade.

Overview

  • Population: 587,000
  • Area: 224,686 km²
  • Capital: Rawson
  • Top export: Fish

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Main Attractions

The Valdés Peninsula, a large natural reserve located eastwards off the coast of Puerto Madryn, is a refuge for seals and other marine life. It is one of the best places in the world for seasonal whale watching.

The Old Patagonian Express, made famous by Paul Theroux's book of the same name, is a historic locomotive railway, known locally as the Trochita. It runs 402 km across the province and was originally part of Ferrocarriles Patagónicos, a network of railways in southern Argentina.

Los Alerces National Park in western Chubut and along the Chilean border is made up of 263,000 hectares. It is characterized by its postcard-perfect snow-peaked mountains and azure lakes, carpeted in Patagonian cypress and coihue forests.

Lake and mountains in the Chaco province