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Perito Moreno is a town in the northeast of Santa Cruz Provincemarker, Argentinamarker, 25 km east of Lake Buenos Airesmarker. It should not be confused with the Perito Moreno National Parkmarker over 300 km south by road, or the Perito Moreno Glaciermarker near El Calafate. The town is the capital of the department of Lago Buenos Aires. It lies on the RN43, a paved road which links Caleta Olivia on the Atlantic coast to Los Antiguosmarker and the Chileanmarker frontier 60 km west, and Ruta 40, running north and south.

The town is a centre of cattle ranches and smallholdings producing fruit and vegetables. Tourism is also an important industry. Perito Moreno is the closest town to Cueva de las Manosmarker, 170 km south by road, and Parque Laguna.

In the 2001 census the town had a population of 3,588.

History

The town was founded in 1910, as a rest stop for travellers by the springs which give rise to the Rio Deseado. The place was called Pari-Aike (meaning "place of reeds") by the Tehuelche, but the town was officially called Nacimiento in 1927. The name was changed in 1944 to Lago Buenos Aires, and in 1952 to Perito Moreno, for the explorer Francisco Moreno.

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