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Florentino Ameghino Dam

 Estimated reading time: 2 min.Texts Pablo Etchevers   Photos Karina Jozami
Florentino Ameghino Dam from Puerto Madryn

An alternative to enjoy a day in the open air and in full contact with nature.

On a very sunny day, we set out towards Florentino Ameghino Dam in the company of Mario, the guide from Flamento Tour, an expert at the area. We got away from the sea and the steppe. We took Route 3, crossed the District of Trelew and followed our way towards the hamlet known as Las Chapas. At that point, we took a detour that led us straight to our destination.

With Mario’s help, we had spotted some petrified trees on the way. They are clear vestiges of prehistoric Patagonia. We went on a short hiking tour to the site where several logs turned into stone were resting.
Florentino Ameghino Dam from Puerto Madryn
Once at the dam, we got off the van and observed the reddish ravine that gave way to a great deal of beautiful green willows. To both sides of the Chubut River, we saw several local houses. We could listen to the sound of silence.

Eventually, we went down the slope to the village through a staircase used by the settlers. Mario, on the other hand, drove the van along the dam road.

We reached our destination and were speechless to admire such wonder. Florentino Ameghino Dam is 255 meters long and was planned by engineer Antonio Pronsato in 1943. It was inaugurated twenty years later.
Florentino Ameghino Dam from Puerto Madryn
We toured around the camping area and then followed the course of the river to the kaolinite mines, a pale pink mineral used to make ceramics. At that moment, the men were working; therefore, we could not access the facilities.

We remained sitting at that spot as we enjoyed everything around. We mapped a great deal of native Patagonian wildlife: guanacos with their young known as chulengos, choiques and Patagonian hares, mainly.

Lunchtime was near and Segundo’s dining-room turned out to be the ideal site to rest and taste delicious empanadas. Afterwards, we spent some time chatting and guitar-playing followed. Then we went towards the dam wall, crossed several tunnels that open up through the rock until we reached the top of the concrete wall. We took some pictures of the reservoir and the village. We kept that image: the image of quietness.
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How to get here
travel about 80 km along Route 25 leaving from Trelew, then turn left and travel 12 kilometers more up to the Florentino Ameghino Dam.
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Belgrano 25 - Local 1 (9120) Puerto Madryn - Chubut - Argentina
Tel: +54 280 445-5505  Fax: +54 280 445-3275  
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half a day
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Other Characteristics
in the summer, river rafting, fishing, photographic safaris and hiking excursions may be enjoyed.
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The Detail

The dam hidroelectrical station has made it possible to protect the dwellers of the valley from river floods. At present, it provides electricity to the districts of Pico Truncado, Caleta Olivia, Comodoro Rivadavia and the entire lower valley of the Chubut River.

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