Old bones in Neuquen
Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
143Trip End Sep 30, 2010
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Our first destination is 1.5 hours away by car for which we have to hire a driver as no buses run the route. Projecto Dino is the only paleontological site still being excavated that allows tourists in to visit. Already it has provided fossils from an immense range of dinosaurs from a Gigantosaur (Argentina's biggest carnivore haha) to a Pterosaur with a 4m wingspan.
Our second destination is the small town of Plaza Huincul, 2 hours away by bus. the museum here contains a replica skeleton of an Argentinosaurus, the largest dinosaur discovered. (What is surprising is discovering that Argentina was once home to herbivores!)
Our third destination is Villa El Chocon, 2 hours in the opposite direction
Whats more there is also a hydroelectric plant nearby - it takes us 2 hours accompanied by 3 local dogs, to walk to the dam wall only to get whistled at by the security guard and chased away. Bevan is happy though, he took some photos of the substation.
Inconveniently, our trip to Neuquen included a Sunday when none of the buses were running. We can confirm that the town has absolutely zero tourist attractions, although admittedly it was quite pleasant to be somewhere not quite so tourist central.