Villa Curi Leuvu

Toponymy: It takes its name from the Curi Leuvu River. Curi Leuvu from the mapudungun Dark River

Access: By Provincial Route 42

Temperatures in summer: Maximum average 30ºC / Minimum average 16ºC

Temperatures in winter: Maximum average 13ºC / Minimum average 4ºC

Distance from Neuquén (capital city): 420 km.

Distance from Buenos Aires City: 1344 km / 835 mi

Gas/Service station: No

PR 42 must be taken to get to Curi Leuvú Village, which lies at the bank of Curi Leuvú river, extending its communal lands to Chacay Melehue, Caepe Malal, Los Menucos, Aquihuecó and Ñiraico.


Chacay Melehue and Cordillera del Viento - Photo: Argentour.com



Villa Curí Leuvú and El Palao Hill - Photo: Argentour.com


What to visit in Villa Curí Leuvú

Ana María Bisset Museum

Ana María Bisset Provincial Museum is perhaps the most important tourist attraction in this place. This museum, which displays important archaeological pieces, is built on the land where an indigenous cemetery and remains of a mapuche community dating from the early 18th century were discovered.


Ana María Bisset Museum - Photo: Luis Alberto Reyes


Ana María Bisset Museum - Photo: Luis Alberto Reyes


Also known as archaeological site of Caepe Malal, it lies on the right margin of Curi Leuvú River, in a bushy area close to PR 41.

Research that is being currently underway has revealed that, during the 18th century, people in Caepe Malal used to practise funerary rituals in which the dead bodies were buried with some personal ornaments, vessels filled with food and some other scattered foodstuff.

The analysis of the materials recovered shows that these indigenous people traded with the Europeans, getting from them beads metals that were used in different ornaments.


Ana María Bisset Museum - Photo: Luis Alberto Reyes

Ana María Bisset Museum - Photo: Luis Alberto Reyes



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