Southern Patagonia Gate
It is the starting point of all excursions, it has become the tourist center of scale par excellence.
But Río Gallegos is not only a transit center. Its history, its great cultural movement and the natural attractions near it make it a great tourist center.
The city is located at the mouth of the river with the same name, it is the capital of the Santa Cruz province and head of the Güer Aike department. It has just over 80,000 inhabitants.
The first historical news of the current Río Gallegos dates back to the expedition of Jofré de Loaiza in 1525, when it reached the Idelfonso river (today the Gallegos river) and the one headed by Simón de Alcazaba in 1535, who for the first time called it Gallegos.
Río Gallegos was born, definitely, when the maritime sub-prefecture settled there in 1885. Its destiny was apparently very modest, but the purpose was very important since it indicated a will to maintain and exercise Argentine sovereignty over these distant lands.
Currently Río Gallegos is the second most important city in coastal Patagonia and the largest in the province. 13 km from the coast and 38 km along National Route 40 is the last continental deep-water port, Presidente Arturo Illia, making the city an important industrial and commercial center.
Being the most important city in the province, it has important receptive equipment ranging from three-star hotels to lodgings, apart hotels and 2 campsites.
Also, the gastronomic options are multiple. In the city you can walk along the waterfront, visit museums or simply stroll through the streets enjoying the intense commercial, cultural and recreational activity.