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Rio Gallegos

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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 in[edit]


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.


The bus terminal is located at about 3 kilometers from the center. There are bus connections to Rio Grande and Ushuaia.

Get around[edit]


  • Museo de Arte "Eduardo Minnicelli": Small art museum with free admission.
  • Pioneer Museum: The city's oldest standing house furnished with items from the late 19th and early 20th century. Admission is free. Open daily 10 am to 7:30 pm.
  • Kirchner Mausoleum placed into the local cementery, you can visit the rest of the ex-president Nestor Carlos Kirchner.






  • Casa de Familia Elcira Cantreras, Zuccarrino 431, 02966-429856. Offers cheap dormrooms. Only a 15-minute walk from the bus terminal.

Get out[edit]

  • 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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