Neuquén (in mapuche language, “daring, and vehement”) has strong cultural roots on the millenarian mapuche tradition (mapu – land, che – people).
To the southwest of Neuquén province, there is a special place on the Andes Mountain Range: the city of Junín de los Andes. It is the most important city in the Huiliches (“people of the south”) department, and Chimehuín (“place with houses”) River flows near it. It is located 237 miles from Neuquén Capital City, within the tourist area called Patagonia of Lakes. It is the oldest city in the province.