Patagonia, Saturday, August 29, 2015

Puerto Santa Cruz

Mural del desembarco - Photo: Jorge González
Mural del desembarco - Photo: Jorge González

In the District of Corpen Aike in the Province of Santa Cruz, there appears the City of Puerto Santa Cruz, on the southern bank of the ample estuary of the river bearing the same name.

Due to its features of natural harbor, the site has been visited by countless expeditions all throughout history. Its name derives from one of them. On May 3, 1520, the day of the Invention of the Holy Cross –Santa Cruz in Spanish-, Captain Rodríguez Serrano, member of Magellan’s expedition, discovered the river and resolved to name it after the religious celebration corresponding to the calendar of saints.

The town is accessed through Comandante Luis Piedrabuena, after crossing the river and traveling 28 kilometers along Provincial Route 288.

The attractions of Puerto Santa Cruz include its Rural Society venue, where sheep cattle auctions and markets are put up.

Besides, thermal waters with healing properties and a temperature of 24°C spring in the surroundings of the town. The deep water port called Punta Quilla stands 16 kilometers away from the district, in front of the Argentinian Sea.

Every year, the village holds the Provincial Sea Bass Festival, which includes a fishing contest, a handicrafts market and music shows.

50 kilometers away from the city along National Route 3, there lies Monte León National Park. Featuring 40 kilometers of coastline and cliffs where the low tide reveals beaches, this area is dwelled by Magellanic penguins, cormorants and other sea bird species that make this natural reserve a must visit for travelers staying at Puerto Santa Cruz.

InterPatagonia - Touristic Information about Puerto Santa Cruz, Patagonia, Argentina: Introduction
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