Welcome to Esquel


Founded at the turn of the 20th century, Esquel is the region’s main livestock and commercial center. It’s also the historical southern end of the line for La Trochita, the narrow-gauge steam train. The town takes its name from the Mapudungun, and means either ‘bog’ or ‘place of the thistles.’

RN 259 zigzags through town to the junction with RN 40, which heads north to El Bolsón and south to Comodoro Rivadavia. South of town, RN 259 passes a junction for Parque Nacional Los Alerces en route to Trevelin.


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