When traveling the roads in our territory, don't be surprised if new images of intense color and amazing shapes add to your trout filled imagination. This will likely occur as you cross Cañadón del Fogel on your way to El Bolsón Argentina -- a picturesque vibrating community crossed by a modern comfortable road.

Today, access roads are totally paved and run through enchanting places you will never forget. El Bolsón owes its name to its geographical isolation. The town lies at the foot of Cerro Piltriquitrón, on the banks of the Quemquemtreu River and is surrounded by the snow capped Andes Mountains. Old-growth forests, quaint towns and unpolluted lakes and rivers like Lago Puelo, El Hoyo, Epuyén, Cholila, El Manso and El Maitén are all connected to El Bolsón by their geography, history and ecology. This region is a part of what is known as "Comarca Andina".

This is a region rich in Patagonia history, cultural movements and production. Today its population is approximately 15,000 inhabitants and growing. In order to conserve natural and cultural areas, the region around El Bolson has developed a strong network of eco-tourism. In 1984, El Bolsón was declared Non-Nuclear Area in an attempt to keep its natural beauty free of radioactive contamination for future generations.

El Bolson is rich in agricultural activity. Hops, an ingredient for beer, fine fruits like strawberry, gooseberry, raspberry, cherry, sour cherry, boysenberry, elderberry, maqui, calafate, black currant and many others are all locally grown. Sheep and goat breeding is also important for the production of wool, cheese and yogurt. Trout breeding has become a very important activity for El Bolson. Other activities that support the economy include wool weaving, dry flowers, timber industry and tourism. From 17th to 20th February every year is the Fiesta Nacional del Lúpulo, a Hop Festival, with several local brewers serving their beers.

Craftsmen have developed high quality products and show their work at the Feria Regional every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in Plaza Pagano. This fair is one of the most important in South America with high quality products from 230 stands where you can peruse fly fishing, pottery, wool, leather, metal, dry flowers, jam, dry vegetables, fresh flowers, knives and candles.


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