Egidio Feruglio Paleontology Museum

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Av. Fontana 140

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This paleontological museum transports visitors to pre-historic Patagonia with four galleries that display over 1,700 fossils. Named after Egidio Feruglio—an Italian paleontologist who studied Patagonia's ancient Cretaceous, Tertiary, and Mesozoic plant fossils—the facility is also the primary Patagonian research institute. Here, you'll find rare relics like a 150-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton and a 60 million year-old meiolánidos turtle fossil. During the week, paleontologists diligently clean recently unearthed fossils.

Recent visitors praise the museum's impressive exhibits. One TripAdvisor user describes the museum's collection as an "incredibly rich trove of paleontological finds from the area with greater depth of information than I've found in larger museums in the US."

The museum is located in the Atlantic Patagonian town of Trelew just a 10-minute drive from the Trelew Almirante Marcos Zar airport. You can access the museum by car via Provincial Highway 25 from Bariloche. Public buses from Trelew also stop at the museum. To learn more, visit our guide to Getting Around Argentine Patagonia. During the high season, the museum welcomes visitors every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. During the low season, museum hours are slightly shortened. General adult admission costs roughly $165 ARS (about $38 USD). For further details, consult the museum's website (information is only available in Spanish) or the Trelew tourism board's official website.

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Stretching across northwestern tip of Argentine Patagonia sits the picturesque Lake District. Sandwiched between the Andes mountains with Chilean Patagonia to the west and Atlantic Patagonia to the east, the Lake District contains breathtaking vistas from nearly every angle. San Carlos de Bariloche, known simply as Bariloche, serves as the region's major hub. Towering over the immense Nahuel Huapi Lake and the surrounding national park, Bariloche provides a tranquil setting for lounging outdoors, savoring local cuisine, and admiring the picturesque scenery. But Bariloche boasts more than natural beauty. Venture into Bustillo, the heart of the city, and you'll discover European architecture infused with local hardwood accents, which create a lofty urban setting. During July and August, you'll find idyllic skiing conditions, and, in January, you'll relish prime hiking and river rafting weather. We suggest visiting during November or March, when you can soak up the fresh air, marvel at postcard-perfect views of the Andes, and relax at a tucked away mountain retreat without heavy crowds.

From Bariloche, it's easy to travel to Cerro Catedral's luxurious ski retreat. It's also worth checking out Villa La Angostura (a lakeside village 50 miles north of Bariloche) and San Martín de los Andes (a scenic town 112 miles north of Bariloche). Both feature local craft markets and panoramic views.

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