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Birdwatching - Other Activity Río Grande - Argentina

Along Tierra del Fuego's Atlantic coast, the low tide retreats very far, leaving behind deep tidal flats. Here is the 28,600-hectare(70,672-ac) Ramsar site Reserva para Aves Playeras Costa Atlántica (Atlantic Coast Shore Bird Reserve). Río Grande is in the midst of this protected area. Winged travelers from the Arctic, some traversing as much as 4,000 kilometers (2,400 mi), pass the austral summer here. Patagonian species include Two-banded Plover (Charadius falklandicus), Rufous-chested Dotterel (Zonibyx modestus), Magellanic Plover (Pluvianellis socialis), White-rumped Sandpiper (Calidris fusciollis) and the severely endangered Ruddy-headed Goose (Chloephaga rubidiceps). Sea mammals also reside withing the reserve.

Within Río Grande are several prime birdwatching spots along the seafront: the boat-shaped Observatorio de Aves Playeras (Elcano, between Belgrano and Thorne), the stretch of beach at Beauvoir and Vernet, and Punta Popper, at the mouth of the Río Grande river (3.5 km/2 mi east).


Río Grande, Argentina

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Wildlife refuge

Getting There

Travel Tips:

Río Grande's tourism office has a pamphlet, Aves Migratorias, which describes each migratory species and the reserve. Many Patagonian and Fueguian species are present in winter.

Price Description:

A remis to Punta Popper costs $6 one way.

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:Dawn

Open Hours to:Dusk

You Need to Bring:

Bring along your binoculars, a warm sweater, rain- and wind-proof jacket; high-energy snacks and drinks.

Learn about the Malvinas War by strolling down the Paseo General Belgrano and dropping in the Centro de Ex Combatientes Malvinas Argentinas; visit the Museo Municipal Virginia Choquintel and Misión Salesiano.

Currencies accepted
Argentine Peso

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