Perito Moreno Glacier views from the walkway
Monte Fitz Roy (Santa Cruz, Argentina)
Cerro Truncado (Santa Cruz, Argentina)
Parque Nacional Bosque Petrificado (Santa Cruz, Argentina)
Sierras Blancas (Santa Cruz, Argentina)
Cueva de las Manos (Santa Cruz, Argentina)
Pingüinos en Puerto Deseado (Santa Cruz, Argentina)
Destinations in Santa Cruz
Attractions in Santa Cruz
Landscapes of Santa Cruz
Video: Aoniken Spot Publicitario Provincia de Santa Cruz
Corridors of the province
Corridor Ruta 40
National Route 40 takes us through the mountain range of Santa Cruz.
Starting in the northern area of the province we access the Perito Moreno National Park, where we find "La Cueva de las Manos", declared a World Heritage Site for its historical value. The archaeological art exhibited here is more than 9,000 years old.
As we continue downhill we reach El Chaltén, taking Provincial Route 23 to the west. This town was declared National Capital of Trekking, for its famous trekking routes, such as "la Senda al Fitz Roy". We now enter Los Glaciares National Park, also considered a World Heritage Site, where we find one of the biggest tourist attractions in Argentina, the Perito Moreno Glacier, about 80 km from the city of El Calafate.
Arriving at the southern end of Route 40, we reach the border town of Río Turbio. From here, the route begins to turn east, towards the Atlantic coast, until it reaches Rio Gallegos, capital city of Santa Cruz.
Corridor Ruta Azul
National Route 3 takes us along this coastal route, starting from the city of Comodoro Rivadavia (Chubut) to Río Gallegos, the capital of Santa Cruz, and then to the southern border with Chile.
This is a very quiet route, descending through the small coastal towns of the Atlantic Ocean. The coast is characterized by its fine sandy beaches and incredible cliffs. It also attracts many tourists for its diverse bird and marine fauna, highlighting the Monte León National Park, the Penguin Colony in Cabo Vírgenes, Puerto Deseado, Puerto San Julián and Puerto Santa Cruz.
Arriving at the height of Puerto Deseado, taking Provincial Route 49 to the west, we find the Jaramillo Petrified Forests National Park, where you can see the amazing petrified logs of about 150 million years old.
Continuing along the Ruta Azul, we will be able to enjoy the exquisite maritime gastronomy, while passing through the San Julian and Santa Cruz Ports, until we reach Rio Gallegos. Route 3 ends at Integración Austral Border Station and continues on the Chilean side as Route 255, reaching the Strait of Magellan.
This corridor connects the Andes Mountain Range, passing through the Patagonian Plateau to plunge into the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Provincial Route 43 guides us along this route of changing landscapes. It starts at the border with Chile after crossing the Jeinemeni River, passing through the town of Los Antiguos, located on the shores of Lake Buenos Aires. A few kilometers away is the town of Perito Moreno, from where we can take a detour to visit the "Cueva de las Manos" (Cave of the Hands) and the Patagonia National Park.
Continuing east, the road takes us to the towns of Las Heras and Pico Truncado where we can visit the MARA Route (Museo Arqueológico Regional Austral), the Deseado Plateau and Truncado Hill.
We continue along the route going through the towns of Fitz Roy and Jaramillo, near the Petrified Forest National Park. Here we take Route 3 and then Route 281, to enter the majestic Sierras Blancas, bringing the arid landscape to the sea, through the Deseado Estuary. At the end of the Wind Corridor we arrive at Puerto Deseado, famous for its marine fauna, especially the spring visitors, the Yellow-plumed Penguins.