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Misión Salesiana - Historical Building Río Grande - Argentina

When the estancioneros arrived to establish their great sheep ranches, the 4,000 or so local Selk’nam (Ona) people soon began dying off from diseases. The Salesian religious order established a mission to convert and educate the indigenous survivors. The Misión Salesiana north of Río Grande, founded in 1893 by Monsignor Fagnano, is a historical site, featuring the Capilla Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, a cheese factory, corrals, orchards and other buildings. The on-site Museo Monseñor Fagnano has displays concerning the Selk’nam traditions and the Salesians’ presence in the region.

Ruta Nacional 3, 11 kilometers (6.6 mi) north of Río Grande
Río Grande, Argentina

Historical Building

Getting There
On Avenida San Martín in Río Grande, catch colectivo línea D, which goes to the Misión (every 0.5-1 hour, $0.60).

Travel Tips: Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 3 - 7 p.m., Sundays 3 - 6 p.m.


Cabo Domingo, a cliff of archaelogical importance, is five kilometers (3 mi) farther north on Ruta 3 in Cabo Domingo. No public transportation goes there.

Price Description: Adults $1.40, children $0.80

Relative price: Budget

Travel Skills: None

Visit estancias, the museums in the city, or go birdwatching or fishing.

Contact Information:
Phone: 02964-43-0667 / 42-1642

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