Neuquén

Neuquén, Patagonia’s north-westernly province, is one of the country’s most topographically diverse, with sinuous pine-covered valleys and lakes to the south, vast barren planes to the north and east, and the snow-capped Andes to the west.

Neuquén is home to the Vaca Muerta reservoir, which contains huge deposits of unconventional oil and gas. In early 2017 both the national and the provincial governments agreed with labour unions to produce oil and gas at a profitable rate. 

Overview

  • Population: 637,000
  • Area: 94,078 km²
  • Capital: Neuquén
  • Top export: Fruits

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Main Attractions

The Road of the Seven Lakes, part of the country’s famous Ruta 40, winds its way 110 km through the province, soaking up the natural beauty of seven of its largest lakes.

Mount Chapelco in San Martín de los Andes is one of the most popular winter ski resorts in Argentina and South America.

Neuquen landscape with lake

Neuquén’s cuisine is based on Patagonian classics: trout, rabbit and lamb, all paired with a delicious Malbec wine.

The province is well-known for its dinosaur fossils. Unlike similar regions worldwide whose paleontological wealth has been exported to museums in distant cities, Neuquén has kept its finds at the Ernesto Bachmann Museum.