Paraje Las Cascadas (also known as Parque "Cura Meucó") is a recreational area set on the banks of the Río Quequén, about 15 km (9 mi) outside of Necochea. The river, one of Necochea and Quequén's most precious natural resources, provides a habitat for many species of birds and fish. It also offers a variety of recreational opportunities such as swimming, fishing, boating, bird watching, canoeing and picnicking for both residents and visitors alike.
Paraje Las Cascadas features a number of small waterfalls and rapids, which are not only picturesque but also present a unique opportunity in the area for those who enjoy kayaking. A small slalom course has been set up for kayakers and is easily viewed from the Quequén side of the river. Cross the two-lane bridge to get a bird's-eye view of the waterfalls and rapids and to access a footpath on the opposite shore.
The Estación de Piscicultura—an on-site fish hatchery that occasionally opens for tours—plays a vital role in sustaining stocks of rainbow trout and silverside (pejerrey) in the Río Quequén. Fishermen are welcome to try their luck at points up and down the river.
The Asociación Amigos del Paraje Las Cascadas, a local group of concerned citizens, recently spearheaded a project to improve the facilities available at the recreation area. In addition to the installation of new lighting and a general sprucing up of the place, a small kiosk is now open on weekends, plus there are barbecue pits for those who enjoy an asado with family and friends. The group also dedicated a new prayer sanctuary to San Ceferino Namuncurá.
While Paraje Las Cascadas is easily accessible from the city of Necochea by a paved highway, a more leisurely and scenic route can be taken along a sinuous back country road that winds along the riverbank past stands of eucalyptus trees and farmland. You'll have numerous opportunities to observe birds, wildflowers (in late spring and summer) and perhaps a nutria as you roll past the Río Quequén with its tiny waterfalls and rock outcroppings. Bring your camera!
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How to get there:
For the scenic route, turn right off Ruta 86 where it intersects with Calle 66 and access the unpaved river road through Club del Valle. At the river, turn left on the dirt road to head north toward Paraje Las Cascadas.
A faster route is to take Ruta 86 out of Necochea and then turn right at the large sign indicating Paraje Las Cascadas. Follow the dirt road for approximately ten minutes until you reach the bridge and the recreation area.