Street in Río Gallegos after the rain.

Sights and More in Río Gallegos, Argentina

Río Gallegos has a handful of museums, historical landmarks, and other distinctive Magellanic buildings, and a handsomely redeveloped redeveloped waterfront. It’s also the gateway to one of the continent’s largest penguin colonies and several historic estancias open to visitors.

Driving La Cuarenta is the Argentines standard for adventurous driving and cycling thanks to its secluded Andean lakes and isolated, rugged terrain.

La Cuarenta: Argentina’s Most Adventurous Road

From the Bolivian border near La Quiaca to its southern terminus near Río Gallegos, Ruta Nacional 40 is Argentina’s great unfinished interior highway. For Argentines and foreigners alike, it’s become the standard for adventurous driving and cycling, thanks to its secluded Andean lakes, isolated estancias (guest ranches), plentiful wildlife, and rare sights like the pre-Columbian rock art of Cueva de las Manos (Cave of Hands).

Stenciled hands in various shades of oranges and red paint on a cave wall.

Argentina’s Cueva de las Manos (the Cave of Hands)

The Cueva de las Manos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where stencils of hundreds of human hands, guanacos, and abstract forms cover the walls in orange, red, and yellow tones. The oldest date from around 7370 b.c. and represent hunter-gatherers from immediate postglacial times.

Moon Patagonia

Travel writer Wayne Bernhardson covers the best sights and adventures that Patagonia has to offer, from viewing the jagged peaks of Cuernos del Paine and hiking on Argentina’s Moreno Glacier to visiting Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. Bernhardson also offers various trip strategies, including The Andean Lakes Loop and The Natural History Tour. Including details […]