The city of Necochea and its neighbor Quequén share the Puerto Quequén, a significant port with direct access to the Atlantic Ocean. Though tourism is important to both cities, agriculture lies at the heart of the local economy, and the port serves as a key link for the exportation of agricultural products such as sunflower seeds and oil, wheat, and soybeans.
As you can see in this aerial photo, the Río Quequén divides Necochea and Quequén, with the port located at the mouth of the river. The port has 12 berths—six on each side of the river—to accommodate both small fishing vessels and large container ships. The two jetties flanking the entrance to the port, Escollera Sur (Necochea) and Escollera Norte (Quequén), are open to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic, although the main operations of the port are closed to visitors.
You may not think hanging out at a port could be fun, but it's actually rather entertaining to spend some time there. Plus, the city recently made several improvements to the Escollera Sur (South Jetty), including the installation of new lighting and the addition of a colorful mural spanning 180 m (590 ft). Visitors to the port can:
- Go fishing
- Take a stroll
- Check out the sea lions
- Visit the nearby beaches of Necochea and Quequén
- Watch the tugboats maneuver the ships into port
- Drink mate [Remember: if the place is even halfway decent, it's a good place to drink mate.]
The sea lion colony is found right next to the Escollera Sur on the Necochea side of the port. I took a brief video so you could enjoy the sea lions' antics. There are a couple of notes in the video (mouse over the gray boxes when they appear).
Here are some of my favorite photos from around the port:
[View of Escollera Sur from the beach known as Playa de los Patos]
For more information:
If you'd like to read about other attractions in the area, take a look at my post Exploring Necochea & Quequén.
If you're interested in Puerto Quequén's technical specifications, nautical charts and other maps, or current weather conditions at the port, take a look here [Spanish] or here [English—limited information].