Rio Gallegos (Río Gallegos) is a town in southern Argentina. There may not be much to see in town but it can be a base for exploring the wider area. The town serves as the provincial capital.
Rio Gallegos was originally establish to enforce the influence of Argentine over the southern Patagonia. For tourists it can be good jump-off point for exploring Tierra del Fuego and southern Chile.
From Buenos Aires the drive goes along the fully paved but sometimes heavily trafficked Highway 3. The distance is 2,587 km. Ruta 40, going along the whole of Argentina from north to south passes through Rio Gallegos. Its southern end is in Punta Loyola, 37 km from Rio Gallegos.
- Museo de Arte "Eduardo Minnicelli": Small art museum with free admission.
- 1 Pioneer Museum (Museo de los Pioneros). Weekdays 10:00-19:30. The city's oldest standing house furnished with items from the late 19th and early 20th century. Free.
- There is a penguin reserve about 2 hours south that is right on the Strait of Magellan.
- The glacier Perito Moreno is the only glacier in the world that is still advancing, and is 4 hr or so to the west, close to the village of El Calafate. It is a treat to see chunks of ice the size of a ten-story building falling into the blue depths of Lake Brazo Norte.