Destination guide: Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina
Comodoro Rivadavia is a city in the middle of Argentine Patagonia and its inhabitants come from lots of different races and cultures, due to the arrival of immigrants drawn by the oil deposits in this part of South America. Comodoro Rivadavia also has a pleasant climate, ideal for outdoor activities and water sports.
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What this modern, hardworking city does provide is a gateway to nearby attractions. It sits at the eastern end of the Corredor Bioceánico highway that leads to Coyhaique, Chile.
Founded in 1901, Comodoro was once a transport hub linking ranches in nearby Sarmiento. In 1907 the town struck it rich when workers drilling for water struck oil instead. With the country’s first major gusher, Comodoro became a state pet, gaining a large port, airport and paved roads.
Today it is a powerhouse in the now-privatized oil industry. this boomtown rebounded with a flashy casino, elegant shops and hot rods on the streets.
Commerce centers on the principal streets Av San Martín and Av Rivadavia. Between Mitre and Belgrano Av, San Martín has upscale boutiques and shops unknown to most of Patagonia. A climb up 212m to the mirador atop Cerro Chenque, smack dab in the middle of the city, offers views to Golfo San Jorge.
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