Destination guide: Rio Gallegos, Argentina
Rio Gallegos is the southernmost city in continental Argentina, with beautiful river valleys, with many wool-producing Patagonian sheep, making up its landscape. Tourists will be pleasantly surprised by its history of railroads and the wealth of culture that keeps the memory of the native Tehuelche tribe alive.
Fly to Rio Gallegos and be amazed by the dinosaur fossils, the lighthouse and the Cabo Virgenes penguin colony, as well as the famous Blue Lagoon in the crater of a dormant volcano.
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What this modern, hardworking city does provide is a gateway to nearby attractions. It sits at the eastern end of the Corredor Bioceánico highway that leads to Coyhaique, Chile.
Founded in 1901, Comodoro was once a transport hub linking ranches in nearby Sarmiento. In 1907 the town struck it rich when workers drilling for water struck oil instead. With the country’s first major gusher, Comodoro became a state pet, gaining a large port, airport and paved roads.
Today it is a powerhouse in the now-privatized oil industry. this boomtown rebounded with a flashy casino, elegant shops and hot rods on the streets.
Commerce centers on the principal streets Av San Martín and Av Rivadavia. Between Mitre and Belgrano Av, San Martín has upscale boutiques and shops unknown to most of Patagonia. A climb up 212m to the mirador atop Cerro Chenque, smack dab in the middle of the city, offers views to Golfo San Jorge.
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