Patagonia Argentina, April 24, 2018

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Parque Centenario, Balcón del Valle, Astronomical Observatory, Comahue National University and Paleontological Museum

This circuit can be done on foot or by car. Driving out the city´s main avenue, Argentina, to the end you will see the Monument to Dr. Manuel Olascoaga, first governor of the Territory of Neuquén. A few steps from there you will see the Parque Centenario with its Plaza de las Banderas and the 21 masts representing the regiments that participated in the Desert Campaign.

To the right of the square, at 500 m. you will see the Balcón del Valle, a small hill of some 265 m. above sea level, from where you can have a good view of the city and its surroundings, the lower section of the river, the neighboring city of Cipolletti and the area of farms.

At its foot you can find one of the most important universities of Patagonia: Comahue National University, which also holds the Central Library, the Natural Sciences, Anthropological and Paleontological Museum which holds the prehistoric findings in the region.

Later you can continue on José Riavitz street, with coniferous forestation to reach the Neuquén´s Astronomical Observatory and be able to observe the solar system through 3 telescopes of composite image that detect visible light. This is located in El Mirador and Rincón de Emilio streets and the visiting hours start at 8 p.m. on clear days.