Villa El Chocon - Patagonia Argentina

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Travel guide to Villa El Chocon and the dinosaurs, Patagonia Argentina

Villa El Chocon: Exclusive and comprehensive Tourist information about Villa El Chocon Patagonia, Argentina. Featuring Paleontological Museum where the biggest fossil dinosaur in the world is exhibited (Giganotosaurus Carolinii)

El Chocon: lake Ezequiel Ramos Mexia

VILLA EL CHOCON: the most important hydro net that begin and ends in Argentinean territory it is integrated by the rivers Limay, Neuquén and Negro.
They are born in the Mountain range of the Andes and they end in the Atlantic Ocean. In the decade of 1970 the construction of the big hydroelectric works begins in this basin.
The first of them was the ‘El Chocón’ dike on the river Limay that together with Cerros Colorados on the river Neuquén conforms what was called "the work of the century", for its magnitude.
The reservoir generated by El Chocón formed the lake Ezequiel Ramos Mexía, a mirror of water of 816 square kilometers of surface, bigger than the Nahuel Huapi. Beside this reservoir and using the village that was built together with the dike for technicians' residence and officials of the company that was responsible for the work, Villa El Chocón was conformed having today 670 inhabitants, with good residential infrastructure and of services.
It is located 80 kilometers to the Southwest of Neuquén following the national route #237. The lake and the surrounding rural landscape have become to this village an attractive place for the tourism; sailing, wind surf, walks. It is of great interest the visit to the Paleontological Museum where the biggest fossil dinosaur in the world is exhibited (Giganotosaurus Carolinii), overdraft in the surroundings, as well as the walk until the dinosaurs footprints beside the lake.

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Villa El Chocon
Los Crisantemos 113 - 8300 Neuquen - Argentina - Phone/Fax + 54 299 4330292