Riding the Patagonian Express, or the Trochita, is a journey into the past. It takes in several villages, and seeing the Patagonian pampa is an unforgettable experience. Personally I highly recommend the trip. The ride is not very long but the countryside goes through enough changes that you see many different types of landscape that will leave you enchanted.
The Virgen de Fatima Church was declared A Municipal Architectural Heritage and a Historic Cultural Monument of the Province. The building still retains original materials, wood, and sheet board, with which was built in 1946, after the earthquake that destroyed the original in 1944. Its construction is very similar to the colonial style, and stands next to the Grotto of Our Lady of Fatima, which is built in what appears to be brown coral and contains a cave in which to deposit candles. Lots of plaques as reminders and thanks for favours received, made in different materials, are attached to its walls. In the center of a square there is a fountain with a statue of a white angel. At its northern side they are building a new church but integrating modern features to the previous one. It is impossible to count the number of faithful who come on pilgrimage, every October 13 remembering the appearance of the Virgin of Fatima, from different parts of the province and the country.
this is where we spent our first holiday alone and it was a great place for it. It is really beautiful. In the distance you see a hanging glacier located in the neighboring country of Chile. We're about to get on a Trimaran to take us on a trip on the lake from the Reserve Puerto Chucao to The Larches.
From Esquel you can catch this train, which is known as "The Trochita" because of its narrow gauge (0.75 m). The Old Patagonian Express, it dates back to 1922 and works as a tourist trip, beautiful scenery, snow-capped mountains and some towns lost in Patagonia.