The bustling provincial capital of NEUQUÉN sits at the confluence of the rivers Neuquén and Limay, whose waters unite to become the Río Negro. With a population of a quarter of a million or so, this plains metropolis functions as the commercial, industrial and financial centre of the surrounding fruit- and oil-producing region. It’s a surprisingly attractive and friendly place to pass a day or two, with a couple of museums as good as any other in the region. You’ll find everything you need in the microcentro, which comprises the area north of the RN-22, three blocks on either side of the central boulevard.