Esquel Station in Esquel City, Patagonia Argentina
Esquel is one of the main cities of the province of Chubut in the Patagonian South of Argentina. Located in the Northwest of the province, this city is part of the Argentine department of Futaleufu, located at the following map coordinates: 42° 54′ 49″ S 71° 18′ 39″ W.
Together with Trevelin and Corcovado, Esquel is one of the most populated urban centers of the area. Two of the main attractions in the area are Los Alerces National Park and La Hoya sky center.
Esquel is a name that comes from the aboriginal voice Tsonek, which can be translated as thistle, very common among the local spiky bushy flora. This location has been crucial to the area’s history and development even before it was populated by white immigrants since it was an obligated stop when crossing the Andes.
The climate in the area is cold with very little rain throughout the year, mainly concentrated during the winter time, when it gets very cold and rainy. Summertime offers a mild weather.
All in all, this city was founded as we know it today back during the mid 1800 by a Welsh colony that arrived to the Patagonian lands thru Chubut.
Born on February 25th 1906, Esquel was a Western extension of the October 16th Colony, located where today is the city of Trevelin,
Head city of the Futaleufu department in Chubut, Esquel is surrounded by several snowed peaked mountains such as Nahuel Pan, La Zeta, La Cruz, Cerro 21 and La Hoya, being this last one a renamed sky center of top notch quality.
Featuring nearly 30000 inhabitants, this city is one of the highest populated in the province.