by the lenght of the canyon of the Santa Cruz
River, we will get to the mounth of the river
that ends in the Atlantic Ocean where
we´ll find the first Continental Sea National
Park of the country. It´s located 230
kms (3hs) away from El Calafate joined by a lonely and
enigmatic track full of history and untouched nature.
This excursion will allow you to discover the steppe
and its particular geologil formations and its fauna:
Guanacos, Ñandúes (little ostrich), foxes
and other characteristic animals of the zone.
The reason of the creation of this National
Sea Park is based in the fact that it constitutes
our most representative sample of the patagonian coast
biodiversity being well preserved and
having paleontological value. In this
region there is also an important Magellan pengouin
colony, composed of more than 60 000 animals, it is
the fouth more imporant of the country.
Just 54 km from Santa Cruz port, going by the route
no 3, we take a detour taking a road longing the canyons
of singular beauty that leads us to the beautiful beaches
of Monte Leon.
The Cañadón de los Guanacos: as the road
descend, it´s very usual to see from the vehicule
many guanacos. Being at the coast we´ll be able
to see the majestic “Monte León”
that looks like a enormous lying lion, therefore the
Taking the detour from the main road, we´ll arrive
to the beginning of the path to the pengouin colony.
After walking through the steppe we can approach the
Head of the Lion and Sea Wolfes path:
in our vehicule we arrive to the base of the imponent
cliff that looks like a lion. From there we
start walking upto the viewpoint of the Sea Wolves colony,
from where we´ll see all these animals.
The Island: from the viewpoint, we can observ the Island
Monte Leon (Provincial Reserve) and three species of
cormorans that nest in there: the gry cormoran, Rocky
cormoran and imperial cormoran.
area is composed by high cliffs, islands, little bays
and beaches that let be seen at the falling tide. At
that moment, when the tide goes out we will enjoy awalk
by the wide beach that will lead us towards a cave digged
on the rock by the water, having a big hole that lets
the natural light to come in and which walls are covered
with sea shells, seaweed and other tiny organisms. It
is possible to enter in the cave when the tide is at
its lowest level. This is a full day excursion beginning
early in the morning.
This excursion is only in private 4x4 vehicules and
can be organized any day of the year during summer or
winter. Departure: + - 07AM - Return: + - 09PM.
Distance El Calafate – Monte
León 240 Km, 3.30 hs wuth photographic stops
/ 3 hs to return non stop.
The hike is 1.30 hs and has no
difficulties. Includes: English – spanish
speaking guidetour | Box lunch and afternoon snack
Ask us for 2 days programs and for ending our journey
at Río Gallegos.
Rates in USA Dollar per person. Lunch box included.
Season of Penguins from November to March
Parque Nacional los Glaciares (2 noches / 3 días) Calafate
5 noches / 6 días Parque Nacional los Glaciares
(Calafate y Chalten)