Argentina travel blog by Mark Berman -
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The doorway of the Patagonia, Viedma and Patagones stand on opposite sides of the Negro River and as always with river cities, the river is a
great attraction. Both are small and peaceful cities with sights to enjoy on each side of the river. Viedma and Patagones are 4hrs south of
Bahia Blanca and 2hrs east of San Antonio Oeste.
The Negro Riverfront
In some ways you get a better overall view of Viedma from Patagones and a
better view of Patagones from Viedma as far as the cityscape goes, with the church towers dominating the skyline. The passenger launches flow
back and forth across the Negro River regularly, the original dock named after Antonio Pelle was built in 1914. The riverfront on each side is
a pleasant area to walk, enjoy and relax.
In Viedma itself, you can see the cathedral and other important buildings like the old hospital
at Plaza Alsina. At Plaza San Martin is the Municipal Palace, the Government House, courthouse and university. Also in Viedma is the Carlos
Gardel museum (Museo Gardeliano) and the religious museum (Museo Salesiano).
In Patagones you can walk up the street from the river to the
main plaza where you can see up-close the big white church seen towering over the city from Viedma. The Municipal Palace built in 1882 stands
beside. There are various monuments to see along the riverfront.
Where Is The Food?
Food in Viedma is dificult to find. In the daytime only bakeries selling
sandwiches and sweet pastries are open. The restaurants along the riverfront only open from 8:30pm at night and by that time it is dark and cold
and I didn't want to go out. I ate sandwiches bought at the bakery for dinner each night I was in Viedma. The hotel served breakfast, but that was
sweet pasteries too, no eggs. I walked around the center of the city and couldn't even find a hotdog to eat! Yes food in Viedma is a problem and I complained about it several times to several people while in town.