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capital and largest settlement of the Patagonian province of Santa Cruz in Argentina

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.

Get inEdit

By planeEdit

Patagonia2000 has cheap connections to Rio Grande (around Ar$100) and in high-season to Ushuaia. Ask around in one of the tour agents in town.

By busEdit

The bus terminal is about 3 kilometers from the center. There are bus connections to Rio Grande and Ushuaia. Buses arrive from Buenos Aires (36 hours) and Puerto Madryn (16 hours) along Highway 3.

Get aroundEdit


  • Museo de Arte "Eduardo Minnicelli": Small art museum with free admission.
  • 1 Pioneer Museum (Museo de los Pioneros). Open weekdays 10 am to 7:30 pm.. The city's oldest standing house furnished with items from the late 19th and early 20th century. Free admission.





  • 1 La Barrica, Comodoro Rivadavia 379, +54 2966 43-8572. Wine bar with a large selection of Argentinian wines.


  • Casa de Familia Elcira Cantreras, Zuccarrino 431, 02966-429856. Offers cheap dormrooms. Only a 15-minute walk from the bus terminal.
  • 1 Hotel Patagonia, Monseñor Fagnano 54, +54 2966 44-4969. Modern, centrally located hotel.

Go nextEdit

  • 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 hours 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.

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