We visited the fields of the San Lorenzo
estanciawhich reach the sea shore and lodge an important colony of Magellanic penguins.
Very early in the morning, I was picked up at my hotel by Víctor, who is in charge of the environmental management of private undertakings in the San Lorenzo estancia and the Punta Delgada Lighthouse. Our plans were to see the Magellanic penguin colony located inside the estancia venue and then approch the Punta Delgada Hotel in order to watch the elephant seal colony.
On the way, Víctor commented that San Lorenzo, which has been chosen as model protected area, was the property of the Machinea family, who had settled down in the Valdés Peninsula in 1906. The entire field has a surface of 5,134 hectares, with 4,600 meters of coastline on the San Matías Gulf.
At the beginning, cattle exploitation was quite important and, years later, the estancia dedicated to sea lion hunting.
In 1918 and 1960, hunting and exploitation of South American sea lions represented the main activity in the area. Their fat was used for the production of oil for industrial use and their skin for leather works. Once this stage was over, the field was exclusively dedicated to sheep raising.
Level of Difficulty: low
Duration: 1 hour
Recommendations: Try to get to the
Contact: Estancia San Lorenzo
a 60 Km. de la ciudad (9121) Puerto Pirámides, Chubut, Argentina Tel: +54 280-4458444
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