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San Rafael

San Rafael
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By Air

Many cities in the world fly to the main Argentine international airport, Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini, commonly known as Ezeiza International Airport, with the code: EZE. The airport is less than one hour outside Buenos Aires city center. The following page has useful information on international air travel to Argentina.

By Bus

A multitude of buses and routes are available to many parts of over Argentina. Buses offer sleeping beds along with both budget and first class seats. Some seats even fold into beds for passanger comfort.

By Train

There are a few train lines that operate and service passengers in Argetina. Train travel is not the best method of getting around for tourists, but a few destinations are reachable by trains.

Key places to visit
Atuel Canyon, Hipolito Yrigoyen Park, Los Reyunos, The Marin County Civic Center, Nihuil Mirror


Places to Visit

Atuel Canyon

Atuel Canyon near San Rafael is a multi-colored ravine similar to the Grand Canyon with white-water rafting and Dique El Nihuil a large, 9,600ha/24,000ac water-sports reservoir suitable for windsurfing, sailing, swimming and fishing.

 Hipolito Yrigoyen Park

Hipolito Yrigoyen Park in San Rafael is a pleasant green park containing a children's playground, pool, athletic center and an amphitheater that seats 10,000.

Los Reyunos

Near Diamond River, you can see one of the most beatiful scenery in San Rafael, is just 35 km from the city center.It has a lake about 700 has. where you can fishing, and do nautical sports, hiking, mountain climbing etc. There is a Private Club (it's posible rent a house there) and a camping for the "budget option".

The Marin County Civic Center  

Completed in 1969, 10 years after the death of its designer Frank Lloyd Wright, the Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael stands as an example of Wright's unique creations. As demonstrated in many of this works, Wright attempted to blend the center in with its surrounding using rock, steel and concrete, circular patterns and Oriental themes. Tours of the building are offered every Wednesday at 10:30am or by appointment for groups of 10 or more.

Nihuil Mirror

After a few kilometers, we noticed how the vegetation around would change into desert and steppe vegetation. We were heading West towards the impressive silhouette of the Andes Mountain Range. In the Cuesta de los Terneros area, we learnt that its yellowish shades are the result of the rich presence of sulfur oxide, its green color is due to the copper oxid, whereas the reddish shades correspond to the iron oxide. We climbed up to 1,100 masl and stopped at the San Francisco de Asís vantage point so as to appreciate the endless panoramic sight formed by the Los Huarpes depression.

We continued along the great depression and, after a few kilometers, we reached Lake Nihuil. This water mirror lies 30 kilometers from the Atuel River source, has a 9,600-hectare surface and an approximate depth of 20 meters. Our guide explained that Nihuil-co has two meanings in the Mapuche language: it may mean “where the thrush rests” or “the tigers' roar”. There is a small town bearing the same name as the reservoir close to the coastline, which lodges about 800 permanent inhabitants. Furthermore, very beautiful weekend houses in various architectural styles may be observed on the lake shore.

Right Time to Visit

March - May
August - November


January - February -> 31(°C) - Summer
July - August -> 4(°C) - Spring


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