If you have ever fantasised about running away from the rat race, then Camerones is the perfect place to pitch up. Life is lived in the slow lane here; locals are languid and proud of it, penguins waddle and skip along the shore and the glorious expense of coastline thunders on much as it has done for centuries.
That is not to say that life is lazy. Camarones literally translates as “prawns” so, as the name suggests, fishing is a high energy activity that accounts for much of the local economy. Cooking the spoils of the catch of the day accounts for the rest so don’t miss a chance to enjoy some of the best seafood that Argentina has to offer. Washed down with some excellent Malbec, Camarones’ flagship wine, of course!
The city’s claim to fame is that Juan Domingo Perón lived here during his childhood, and a small museum dedicated to the political leader can be found in the city centre. However, it is the spectrum of natural landscape of Camorones – part of Patagonia – that is superb and makes this little town a pure distillation of why Patagonia is such a bucket list destination. Camarones is host to 30,000 Magellanic penguins who have been known to wander into town as the sun sets. Other wildlife spotting opportunities are plenty, one stroll along the sweeping coastline will have you spotting playful dolphins, breeching whales and scores of seabirds squawking overhead. Fill your soul with the raw power of the waves crashing into the rocks that is as intense as it is peaceful.