Introducing Los Antiguos
Situated on the windy shores of Lago Buenos Aires, the agricultural oasis of Los Antiguos is home to chacras (small independent farms) of cherries, strawberries, apples, apricots and peaches. Before Europeans arrived, it was I-Keu-khon or ‘Place of the Elders’ to Tehuelches. It makes an attractive crossing to Chile and the stretch of road between Perito Moreno and Los Antiguos affords spectacular lake views.
Volcán Hudson’s 1991 eruption covered the town in ash, but farms have bounced back. In summer Lago Buenos Aires, South America’s second-biggest lake, is warm enough for a brisk swim. The stunning Río Jeinemeni is a favored spot for trout and salmon fishing.
Most services in the town are on or near east-west Av 11 de Julio, which heads west to the Chilean frontier at Chile Chico, the region’s most convenient border crossing. Perito Moreno and RN 40 are 60km east.