Río Negro and Neuquén Valley

General Roca City

The Río Negro and Neuquén Valley is one of the regions in the world that produces the most delicious, juicy, and big apples. Thousands of farms cover the valley, which is irrigated by the water of the Neuquén, Limay and Negro rivers and hundreds of channels.

This area is rich in oil, gas and hydroelectric production but there is no doubt that the importance of this valley is mainly due to its fruit production, specially apples and pears, covering national demand and is also directed to foreign markets through the Port of San Antonio Este. Until 1930, when the farm irrigation system was completed, the predominant crop was alfalfa for trading in cattle raising areas. The area under irrigation covers today close to 70,000 hectares. Thanks to this activity, it is possible to visit packing plants as well as related industries like the elaboration of cider, juices, champagnes and wines designated "Wines of the cold zone". Many tourists use this zone as a corridor towards the Andean region.

The climate is very hot in summer and it might be worth while to spend the night in the region to enjoy the beaches of Río Negro or at Lake Pellegrini, near Cinco Saltos. A visit to this area during the spring is an attractive proposition when apple and pear trees are in bloom. The hospitality of the "valletanos" or inhabitants of the region will help you enjoy your stay.

The rivers play a very important role in a region with less than 200 mm of rainfall per year, that why all the cities are situated beside the Limay and Negro rivers.

The main cities of the Valley are: Neuquén, Cipolletti, General Roca, Cinco Saltos and Villa Regina

Packing apples