The town of GAIMAN, 16km west of Trelew along the RN-25, sits amid lush pastures and poplar trees that – in clement weather, at least – form a landscape more like a Monet watercolour than typical Patagonia. It’s a pleasant place and the most eminently “Welsh” of the area’s settlements. A visit to a Welsh tearoom is a must, and there are various monuments built by or dedicated to the settlers dotted around town: keep an eye out for the handsome brick Capilla Bethel, a chapel dating back to 1913, and the squat stone Primera Casa (First House), which was built in 1874, and looks as if it has been transplanted from Snowdonia. Mini-eisteddfodau are held in Gaiman in mid-September and the first week of May.

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