During his visit to the headwaters of the RÃa Deseado, Darwin reflected in his diary, "how many ages the plain had thus lasted, and how many more it was doomed thus to continue." For millennium these plains, a narrow ribbon of desolate earth threaded by small rivers among red bluffs, have been home to guanaco, mara, choique and flamingos. Do as Mr. Darwin did and boat up the river to this valley; seet rock paintings and birdwatch. This curious geological feature used tobe the bed of the Deseado River when it rushed from Lago Buenos Aires to the Atlantic Ocean.
Estancia La Aurora
Ruta 47, Km 50
Miradores de Darwin are 42 kilometers (26 mi) up the RÃa Deseado, within Estancia La Aurora, 70 kilometers (43 mi) by road from Puerto Deseado. To visit the Miradores, arrangements must be made with Estancia La Aurora.
This is part of the Ruta de Darwin, a retracing of British naturalist Charles Darwinâ€™s steps in 1833, as part of the Beagle expedition. The trajectory begins by navigating the rÃa through CaÃ±Ã³n del RÃo Deseado, to ancient painted caves and different lookouts.
Relative price: Mid-Range
Travel Skills: beginner/easy.
You Need to Bring:
Take along a hat, sunscreen and other solar protection; if in the cool season, warm clothing. Also bring snacks and water. If driving, be sure to have plenty of fuel and spare tire.
Browse the cityâ€™s museums, take a boat tour, hike in RÃa Deseado, visit Reserva Natural Cabo Blanco, go fishing, head out to the other reserves in the area.
Phone: 0297-487-0078 / 487-0293
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