Cream pie, dainty tea cakes, torta negra (a rich, dense fruit cake) and a hot pot of black tea – most visitors take an oral dose of culture when visiting this quintessential Welsh river-valley village. Locals proudly recount the day in 1995 when the late Diana, Princess of Wales, visited Gaiman to take tea (her teacup is still on display at Ty Te Caerdydd). Today, about one-third of the residents claim Welsh ancestry and teahouses persist in their afternoon tradition, even though their overselling sometimes rubs the charm a little thin.
The town’s name, meaning Stony Point or Arrow Point, originated from the Tehuelche who once wintered in this valley. After the Welsh constructed their first house in 1874, the two groups peacefully coexisted for a time. Later immigrant groups of criollos, Germans and Anglos joined. Gaiman’s homey digs provide great value for lodgers, but the town offers little in the way of diversion beyond quiet strolls past stone houses with rose gardens after a filling teahouse visit.
Tiny Gaiman is 17km west of Trelew via RN 25. Av Eugenio Tello is the main road, connecting the main town entrance to leafy Plaza Roca. Most of the teahouses and historic sites are within four blocks of the plaza. Across the river are fast-growing residential and industrial areas.
Gaiman destination guides
Puerto Madryn Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Trelew and Gaiman
This shore excursion from Puerto Madryn takes you on a private tour of the towns of Trelew and Gaiman, the center of Welsh colonial settlement in Argentina. Step back in time as you browse interesting artifacts at Trelew’s Paleontological Museum, home to a replica of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cueva de las Manos, and spend time walking around the charming streets of Gaiman.