Comodoro Rivadavia is a city in the Argentinian Patagonia with cold and windy weather which grew and is recognised because is rich in oil resources. Refineries and oil fields build at the beginning of 20th century. Due to the climate factor the area is also recognised as having one of the largest wind farms in the country.
How to get Comodoro Rivadavia
The best and fastest way to get to the city is by plane, in my case it was with a night 2 hours 30 minutes fight from Buenos Aires with the company Lan Argentina. Also bear in mind that, due to the weather, delays and even cancellations are common.
The airport is located about 15 minutes by car from the city centre and the only way to get out there is by a taxi because the fights usually arrive late at night
What to visit in the city
To get to the city centre, I walked along National Route 3 from my accommodation located in the Mosconi General District, 3 km from the city. I chose an accommodation far from the city centre because majority are expensive in the city.
The first view entering in the city are a pair of old crude containers from the company YPF and a couple of hills with their windmills among the Cerro Chenque. From there, if you reach the top you’ll have a privileged view from the whole city.
The city port at the entrance of the city seemed abandoned and unattractive to walk. A few metres away from the port you can not miss a huge monument to Falklands War, something very common to see in any city in Argentina, especially in the Patagonia.
The centre of the city is very crowded and you can see an huge amount of shops especially on the main avenue, Rivadavia. It is also to highlight some buildings like The Cathedral, San Juan Bosco with its peculiar architecture and dome that would seem half finished.
Museums in Comodoro Rivadavia
The city also has some museums, most of which are close on Saturdays. The most important museum in the centre is the railway museum. It is just a few meters from the bus terminal and its building is a beautiful recycled train terminal. In the museum you can see several objects and information from the former railway station.
There is a cultural centre as well in the city centre that was virtually empty during my visit.
Address: Rivadavia and 9 de Julio (9000)
Opening Times: Monday to Friday, from 8:00 to 20:00 hs.; Saturdays from 13:00 to 19:00 hs.; Sunday and holidays from 15:00 to 20:00 hs.
Petroleum Museum (MuNaP)
The museum entrance is free and can be visited freely in a couple of minutes or with a guided tour. There are good explanations unfortunately only in Spanish and a story of oil extraction in the area.
During the visit to the museum what can be seen are all the elements used for the drilling of oil wells, extraction and refining of oil until it is converted into fuel. The majority of the museum is outdoors and the stuff exhibited are the originals that were used to work in the wells.
Location: The main entrance is located in the street San Lorenzo between Francisco Viedma y Carlos Calvo. Barrio Mosconi – Comodoro Rivadavia – Provincia de Chubut.
How to get by public transport:
Bus number 4, 5, 7 y 8
Tuesday to Friday: 8 to 18hs
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 14 to 18hs
Tuesday to Friday: 9 to 12hs and from 15 to 20hs
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 15 to 20hs
General Mosconi District
The General Mosconi district was born thanks to the oil boom at the beginning of the 20th century. Nowadays primitive wells are in the place where the petroleum museum is, next to plates with the names and thanks to the first workers.
In the main square on Route 3 you can see elements of oil drilling and an old and historic neighbourhood cinema waiting for its restoration and reopening. Also crossing Route 3 on the side of the coast there is a documentation file of the Petroleum Museum with opening hours from Monday to Friday.