Though it’s 60–70 kilometers east of RN 40 via either RP 29 or RP 25, Gobernador Gregores (pop. 2,513) can be an essential detour for bikers or motorists running short of gasoline. It’s also the easiest place to obtain other supplies and to hire a car and driver to Parque Nacional Perito Moreno, some 200-plus kilometers northwest.
RN 40’s presumed paving and rerouting to Gregores figures to reinvigorate the town as a tourist service center, especially as a base for improved park access.
The Camping Municipal Nuestra Señora del Valle (Roca and Chile, tel. 02962/49-1228, free) has hot showers. The best accommodations are at Hotel Cañadón León (Roca 397, tel. 02962/49-1082, US$12 s, US$17 d), which also has the best restaurant. The next best dining is at Pizzería Chicho (Belgrano 319, tel. 02962/49-1391).
The Dirección Municipal de Turismo (Avenida San Martín 514, tel. 02962/49-1259, gregores [at] epatagonia [dot] gov [dot] ar) can help with general information; it also keeps a kiosk at the western approach to town. The APN (San Martín 882, tel./fax 02962/49-1477, peritomoreno [at] apn [dot] gov [dot] ar) deals with Parque Nacional Perito Moreno.
Getting to Gobernador Gregores
Cerro San Lorenzo (San Martín and Alberdi) has buses to San Julián (US$15) at 6 p.m. Monday–Saturday.
El Pulgarcito (San Martín 704, tel. 02962/49-1102) goes to Río Gallegos (5.5 hours, US$24) daily at 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Argentina, 3rd edition