In the stiff competition for Patagonia’s sleepiest coastal village, Camarones takes home the gold. Don’t diss its languorous state: if you’ve ever needed to run away, this is one good option. Its empty beaches are conducive to strolling and townsfolk are masters of the art of shooting the breeze. It is also the closest hub to the lesser-known Cabo Dos Bahías nature reserve, where you can visit 25,000 penguin couples and their fuzzy chicks.
Spanish explorer Don Simón de Alcazaba y Sotomayor anchored here in 1545, proclaiming it part of his attempted Provincia de Nueva León. When the wool industry took off, Camarones became the area’s main port. The high quality of local wool didn’t go unnoticed by justice of the peace Don Mario Tomás Perón, who operated the area’s largest estancia, Porvenir, on which his son (and future president) Juanito would romp about. The port flourished, but after Comodoro Rivadavia finished its massive port, Camarones was all but deserted.
In 2009 the paving of RN1 meant the start of direct bus services from Comodoro Rivadavia. To a moderate degree, tourism is increasing, so hurry to this coastal village now if you want to be able to say you knew Camarones way back when.