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Reserva Provincial Península San Julián - Other Activity Puerto San Julián - Argentina

Just on the other side of the bay is Reserva Provincial Península San Julián. A 30-kilometer (18 mi) road loops around the coast of this 10,400-hectare reserve. This is where the Patagonian plains merge with the sea. Guanaco (Lama guanocoe), Choique (Lesser Rhea, Pterocnemia pennata) and mara (Patagonian mara, Dolichotis patagonum) are prevalent, as are Pingüinos de Magallanes (Magellanic Penguin, Spheniscus magellanicus), lobo marino de un pelo (South American sea lion, Otaria flavescens), Cormorán Gris (Red-legged Cormorant, Phalacrocórax gaimardi) and Tonina overa (Commerson's Dolphin, Cephalorhynchus commersonii).

Beginning from Puesto El Rincón, the track follows the western shore to Punta Gallows, with views of the city and Islands de los Pájaros and de los Pingüinos. On the northern tip of the cape are Punta Asconape, which has wind and sea-carved caves visible at low tide, and Punta Desengaño. The road then turns southward to Playa Los Instalados, where the annual Torne del Tiburón is held, and returns to Puesto El Rincón.


33 kilometers east of Puerto San Julián

Puerto San Julián , Argentina

Other Activity Types:
Wildlife refuge

Getting There

The entire loop around the peninsula is about 100 kilometers (60 mi) total from Puerto San Julián. The turn-off from Ruta Nacional 3 to the reserve is 15 kilometers (9.5 mi) south of Puerto San Julián, then 18 kilometers (11 mi) to P

Travel Tips:

The best time of the year to birdwatch is November-March. There are basic, rustic (no services) campsites at Playa Instalados and other beaches.

Price Description:


Relative price: Free

Open Hours from:Dawn

Open Hours to:Dusk

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring:

Take along food, water and sun protection. If driving, be sure to have enough fuel and emergency supplies.

Currencies accepted
Argentine Peso

Here are other activities in and around Puerto San Julián that may be of interest: Estancia La María and Boat Tours of the Bay.

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