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Cabo Dos Bahías And Parque Marítimo Costero Patagonia Austral

Área Natural Protegida Cabo Dos Bahías protects 14 kilometers (8.5 mi) of coast south of Camarones. It has an important colony of Pingüinos de Magallanes (Magellanic Penguin, Spheniscus magellanicus). On Isla Moreno are lobo marino de un pelo (South American sea lion, Otaria flavescens). At times elefante marino (elephant seal, Mirounga leonina) also come to visit. The park has 13 principal species of birds, with a population totaling over a half-million residents. Aside from the Magellanic Penguin, birdwatchers train their binocular son Biguá (Neotropic Cormorant, Phalacrocorax brasilianus), Cormorán imperial (Imperial Shag, Phalacrocorax atriceps), Cormorán Cuello Negro (Rock Shag, Phalacrocorax magellanicus), Gaviota Cocinera (Kelp Gull, Larus dominicanus), Gaviota Autral (Dolphin Gull, Leucophaeus scoresbii), Gaviota de Olrog (Olrog’s Gull, Larus atlanticus), Gaviotín Sudamericano (South American Tern, Sterna hirundinacea), Gaviotín Pico Amarillo (Cayenne Tern, Sterna sandvicensis eurygnatha), Gaviotín Real (Royal Tern, Sterna máxima), Escúa Común (Great Skua, Catharacta skua), Escúa Chileno (Chilean Skua, Stercorarius chilensis) and Petrel Gigante del Sur (Antarctic Giant Petrel, Macronectes giganteus).


From the visitor’s center, a three-kilometer (1.8 mi) interpretive trail goes to a viewpoint where the penguins can be seen. Other natural miradores are of Isla Arce, Bahía Camarones and Cabo Dos Bahías. Entry into Cabo Dos Bahías is, for foreigners, adults $6, children 6-11 years old $1.75; and for Argentines, adults $1.75, children 6-11 years old $0.80 and under 6 years free. Two kilometers (1.2 mi) north of Cabo Dos Bahías is Camping Caleta Sara, which is open all year (Tel.: 0297-447-1118).


Cabo Dos Bahías is now included in the new Parque Marítimo Costero Patagonia Austral, established in August 2007, this is Argentina’s first marine park. It encompasses 100 kilometers (61 mi) of coast along the Golfo San Jorge, over 40 islands and 600 square kilometers (232 square mi) of sea and submarine territory. It stretches from Camarones to Comodoro Rivadavia, and will include the villages of Bahía Bustamante and Caleta Córdova.


For generations, Bahía Bustamante has been a seaweed collecting hamlet. Its economy is still largely dependent on that activity, though tourism is gaining more importance. The main sector of Bahía Bustamante is now an exclusive, up-scale resort catering to the international tourist. The former warehouse is the dining hall, where regional delights and home-grown produce are served. Six of the bungalows are guest lodging. Near Bahía Bustamante are Caleta Malespina and Archipiélago Vernacci, with over 20 colonies of birds, including Gaviota de Olrog, Pato Vapor No Volador Cabeza Blanca (White-headed Flightless Steamer-Duck, Tachyeres leucocephalus) and a variety of terns, cormorants, oystercatchers, gulls, herons, grebes, plovers and sandpipers. (Ruta Nacional 3, Km 1674 and coast, Tel.: Buenos Aires: 011-5032-8677 / Bahía Bustamante: 0297-480-1000, E-mail:, URL: www.bahiabustamante,com; reservations are required.)



The raison d’être of Parque Marítimo Costero Patagonia Austral is to conserve coastal and marine ecosystems. It will support and facilitate environmental studies and monitoring. Its breathtaking landscape is painted by a broad pallet: blue sea, grey hills, carmine-tinged cliffs and the varied green of Patagonian scrub. Comodoro Rivadavia will be the seat of Parque Marítimo Costero Patagonia Austral’s administrative offices, and Camarones shall be the main point of entry with all tourist services.


From Camarones, Cabo Dos Bahía and other destinations within the new Parque Marítimo Costero Patagonia Austral are accessed by taking Ruta Provincial 1 southward (gravel). Cabo Dos Bahías is 28 kilometers (17 mi) south of Camarones. Future plans are to pave Ruta Provincial 1 from Camarones south to Caleta Córdova, north of Comodoro Rivadavia.


No public transportation arrives to the park. Land tours leave from Trelew and Camarones. Also from Camarones are boat excursions, provided by Excursiones Patagonia Austral Excursiones Patagonia Austral (Brown and Belgrano, on the seafront, Tel.: 154-712-165 / 154-004-844, E-mail: ; to Cabo Dos Bahías $35 per person, minimum 4 passengers). Remis Catriel in Camarones charges about $34 round trip to Cabo Dos Bahías.


Other places nearby Cabo Dos Bahías And Parque Marítimo Costero Patagonia Austral: Reserva Natural Ría Deseado, Península Valdés, Bahía San Blas , Dolavon, Puerto San Julián , Gaiman, Playa Union , Trelew, Las Grutas and San Antonio Oeste .

By Lorraine Caputo

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11 Oct 2011

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