Introduction

Cream pie, dainty tea cakes, torta negra (a rich, dense fruitcake) and a hot pot of black tea – most visitors eat their 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. Today one-third of the residents claim Welsh ancestry and teahouse traditions persist.

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 them. The town offers little diversion beyond quiet strolls past stone houses with rose gardens after a filling teahouse visit.