Visitors to Gaimán will see this small village’s Welsh heritage wherever they go, making this charming little town a perfect getaway for travelers looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of life in the big city. The majority of this town’s quaint teahouses and historic sites can be found near the plaza in the centre of Gaimán, with rapidly growing industrial and residential areas cropping up across the River Chubut.
Tucked into a quiet river valley, Gaimán is home to a large group of residents who claim Welsh ancestry – and a hostel or hotel stay here will likely introduce travelers to locals who will recount with pride the visit the late Diana, Princess of Wales, made to Gaimán for tea. In fact, tourists can see the teacup she used, which remains on display at Ty Te Caerdydd.
Many residents still speak the Welsh language, along with the more popular Spanish, and the town celebrates a Welsh cultural festival, Eisteddfod, each September. Tourists staying at a hotel or hostel here can learn more about this ancestry at the Museo Histórico Regional, in the former station house.
This unique heritage lends a number of culinary traditions to the town of Gaimán, which can be found at many of the teahouses and cafés that offer hot black tea, cream pies, dainty tea cakes, and the rich, dense fruit cake known as “torta negra.” But it’s not just the Welsh who settled this town, initially – Gaimán’s name comes from the Tehuelche word for “Stony Point,” as the people used to winter in the valley.
Gaimán connects to nearby Trelew thanks to a railway service that developed in 1908, and a train tunnel built in 1914 allowed a connection to Las Plumas. Tourists can also get to a hotel or hostel here from the airport by taking a taxi or a bus.
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