Explore the Gorgeous Rio Gallegos Region
Río Gallegos, situated on the estuary of Gallegos River, is the Santa Cruz Province's capital. The gorgeous region has grown into a popular tourist destination.
Jofré De Loaiza came across the river in 1525 and named it San Idelfonso River. During the Simón de Alcazaba exhibition of 1535 renamed the river Río Gallegos. The region remained uninhabited by Europeans until 1885. A naval base was established giving impetus to the development of a town. During the period from 1912 to 1920 the government began attracting people from Falkland Islands and Chile to settle here because of the great farming prospects. Río Gallegos quickly grew into an important sheep export port.
Today, Río Gallegos has become a key city with an Argentinean military base and international airport. It is also a popular stop-over on the journey to the Los Glaciares National Park.
Río Gallegos is a great city to explore. Amble along Avenida Costanera which offers stunning views of the estuary out onto the Atlantic Ocean. Across the river is a stepped plateau and magnificent Cabo Buen Tiempo. The roadway leads to the railway station called Puerto Carbonifero where coal is brought from Río Turbio. Situated on Roca Street is the balcony where President Julio A. Roca would communicate with the settlers in 1899 and is considered a Historical National Monument. View the Roman styled Cathedral constructed using wood and tin.
Museo de los Pioneros was previously is a Patagonian house that is now used to display what life was like for early settlers. Observe geological and paleontological exhibits at the Museo Regional “Padre Jesús Molina”. At Centro de Artesanos is a great place to purchase textile crafts.
Tour Río Gallegos in a glass-bottom boat. During the tour you will stop by Fiscal and Carbonifero Piers. See Río Gallegos from a new perspective.
If you are looking for a fun-filled, yet relaxing holiday Río Gallegos is the destination for you.