The array of Nature Tourism experiences that Patagonia Park offers invites you to explore it on trips of varied duration. Learn about the possibilities and plan your trip.
The expanding network of trails in Patagonia Park offers experiences for all types of explorers, from those who want to contemplate the scenery along the gentle slopes of "La Guanaca" to those seeking greater challenges on long hikes that require sleeping under the stars on the trail to the “Lake Buenos Aires Plateau”.
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Patagonia Park is the best destination in the region to go out and spot native wildlife with a pair of binoculars.
Guanacos, rheas, mountain viscachas, red and gray foxes, condors and buzzard eagles are some of the many species that you can watch while exploring the many trails in the park.For those who seek to marvel at the elusive puma, the top predator of this ecosystem, they can hire a special guide service at La Posta de Los Toldos, in the Portal Cañadón Pinturas.
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Patagonia Park has three free campground areas.
In Portal La Ascensión, “Caburé” campground is located next to Lago Buenos Aires - the second largest lake in South America - and has toilets with hot water and cooking areas sheltered from the wind.
In the Portal El Sauco of the Patagonia National Park, “Los Choiques” campground is located 24 km from Route 40. It is sheltered from the wind by trees that also provide shade. It has 5 separate sites with tables and benches and areas for stove cooking since fires are not allowed. Toilets are of the composting type.In addition, it has a parking area for vehicles and another one for motorhomes. From the camping area you can access the Blanco River via a short path along interesting scenery.
At Portal Cañadón Pinturas, we are working on a campground area with toilets (no hot water), stove cooking areas, and unparalleled views of the Pinturas river canyon and its surroundings.
Please inform park rangers and hosts of the Park before setting off to a campground are
Patagonia Park has 3 shelters for spending the night, located in two of its Portales.
Portal La Ascensión has 2 shelters, or puestos, which are former ranch outposts where hikers can overnight during hikes that require more than one day.Portal Cañadón Pinturas has a lodge known as “La Posta de Los Toldos”. This place is a hub for ecotourism activities and services provided by locals. In addition to the lodge there are warm and comfortable common areas, a fire-wood stove for cooking, a sheltered area for motorhomes known as “El Mollar”, and toilets. Guanacos and rheas usually graze in the area around La Posta.
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NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY AND STARGAZING
A spectacular variety of scenery, native fauna and flora, and archaeological sites throughout the park region are an inexhaustible source of inspiration for lovers of nature photography.
Imposing mountains and ridges, deep canyons, lands of vibrant colors, glacial lakes, rivers, the infinite steppe and all the life that inhabits them invite you to capture moments that will remain forever in your memory.In addition, in the Portal Cañadón Pinturas a star observatory built in local stone using ancestral techniques offers shelter and warmth for stargazing in an area completely free of artificial light pollution.
In Portal La Ascensión, a tourist services provider from Los Antiguos, known as "El Buen Samaritano", offers horse riding excursions to experience the scenery in a different way. This exciting adventure will take you across grasslands, over glacial moraines and along the shore of lake Buenos Aires. Whatsapp: 2975404155
The local climbers association known as “Club Andino de Escalada Pari Aike” has over 10 years of activity in the northwest of Santa Cruz. To contact them for more information send a whatsapp message to +54 9 2974 78-8190.
In Los Antiguos, on the shore of Lago Buenos Aires, a service provider known as “Kayak Macá Tobiano” offers guided individual and group excursions in different types of kayaks, with previous tips for beginners. Contact: +54 9 2975 01-4444 (Walter)
Patagonia Park region has over eighty archaeological sites with ancient rock art that show the importance of native wildlife for the hunter-gatherer peoples.
Cueva de las Manos Provincial Park protects rock art more than 9 thousand years old that continues to be studied by archaeologists. Hunting scenes, areas with hands superimposed over thousands of years, and symbols that stimulate our imagination and transport us back in time are displayed in the site. In addition, it protects four other archaeological sites and an important section of the Pinturas river canyon, where you may spot mountain viscachas, and an area of wetlands where the populations of coypu and austral rail, which used to inhabit the place, are being restored. Alero Charcamata,accessible only from the Portal Cañadón Pinturas, is an archaeological site sheltered from the sun and the wind under a natural vaulted ceiling, ideal for observing the numerous and varied paintings inside. There are no railings or paths, allowing visitors to have an unobstructed and close contact with the rock art. The magic of this natural and cultural heritage site is heightened by a stream of pure and crystalline waters flowing within the site. Areas of the Buenos Aires Lake Plateau were hunting sites for pre-Hispanic cultures. The profusion of carved petroglyphs and other archaeological evidence, notably different from those of the Cueva de las Manos is extraordinary.
Contrasting scenery allows us to imagine the apocalyptic volcanic rain that occurred when our continent separated from Africa, and how that material came to form the walls of the Pinturas River. At the foot of the mountain range we can find marine fossils, and surrounding the plateau we will see lava fields and the places from where it flowed, be it the bowels of an old volcano or a recently formed conical crater. “47 °Sur” expertise and guiding services, will help you understand the geology of this part of Patagonia. Contact: +54 9 2966 65-2577 (Guido)
The Patagonia Park region is interconnected by two scenic routes; 43 to the north, bordering the spectacular Lake Buenos Aires and linking the towns of Perito Moreno and Los Antiguos; 41 to the west, connecting Los Antiguos with Lago Posadas and, further south, Perito Moreno National Park, in a unique geological setting. To the east, National Route 40 traverses equally stunning landscapes.
Scenic Route 41 runs along the border with Chile and is also known as “Camino del Zeballos”. It surprises visitors with its varied and contrasting scenery and colorful geological formations. Leaving Los Antiguos towards the south, height is gained as the great lake is left behind. The Jeinimeni river valley is followed into the mountains. The striking geology and the impressive views of the plateau and the mountain range accompany the tour. After crossing the Zeballos river, you enter the forest and later the alpine grasslands above the timberline. A high mountain pass is reached in an otherworldly landscape of fantastic rock formations.
The highest point of the road, at 1490 m.a.s.l., allows you to enjoy wide views of the mountain range to the west and the Zeballos volcanic complex to the east. The descent is accompanied by streams, lagoons with birds and novel scenery. The bridge over the Ghio stream marks the arrival at the Roballos Border Crossing. Continuing towards Lago Posadas, you will drive along the area formerly known as Cañadón Verde, framed by the striking Colmillo and Lapiz peaks. You leave behind the mountain range with a viewpoint towards Lake Columna, and continue between salt pans and rocks of various colors and shapes to Lago Posadas. Scenic Route 41 continues south of Lago Posadas on a track suitable only for 4WD vehicles, with improvements planned. It is a drive through striking landscapes of extreme beauty that connects Lago Posadas with the Perito Moreno National Park, in a 70 kilometer stretch.It is recommended to carry two spare wheels and a satellite phone.