Embraced by the mountain range and watered by the rivers
In the heart of Patagonia, located northwest of the province of Chubut, Esquel is the capital city of the department Futaleufú. A city that concentrates the commercial activity of the area, is the prima ballerina in the natural amphitheater formed by mounts La Zeta, La Cruz and Nahuel Pan. Its name means "site where there are thistles" or "quaking bog", due to the marshy land crossed by the Esquel creek where the city is located.
Winters are cold with a high rainfall and snowfall rate and summers are template and sunny. Near the mountain, there are special micro-climates, as the different altitudes allow the passage of the humid winds coming from the Pacific.
Today Esquel it is the most outstanding service center of the Chubut mountain range, with development of important activities such as forestry, livestock and a growing tourist attraction (accentuated mainly by the presence of Los Alerces National Park and La Hoya ski center).
Those who visit the city of Esquel may enjoy various mountain activities: path hiking, river rafting, horse riding, tours around estancias, climbing and lake circuits.