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RIO GRANDE


Rio Grande City, at the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and at the mouth of the Grande River, is 230 kilometers far from Ushuaia. It is connected by National Route No. 3 and it is 2850 km from the City of Buenos Aires. It is the economic capital of the province; there are industries, oil and livestock. It has excellent fishing opportunities and a very good offer in terms of rural tourism. It is also known as the " province’s garden " for the variety of flowers that cover the squares and avenues.
Communication routes: National Route No. 3 (Buenos Aires - Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego Province).

Ministry of Tourism: 203 El Cano St, tel.: 02964-430790.
Office of Tierra del Fuego in Buenos Aires: Marcelo T. de Alvear 790, tel.: 011-4311-0233.

HOW TO TRAVEL:

CAR: from the City of Buenos Aires, by Riccheri Freeway, continuation of the Dellepiane Freeway, to km.27, where the South Freeway to Cañuelas is born, continue by this one up to National Route Nº 3, to the City of Azul. There take the National Route Nº 226 up to Olavarría. There continue by Provincial Route Nº 51, then a small section of the Provincial Route Nº 76 and, again Route 51 to Bahía Blanca. From this city, a short stretch by National Route Nº 3, then  continue by National Route Nº 22 up to National Route Nº 251 (after Colorado River), take this one up to San Antonio Oeste and finally continue  by National Route  Nº 3 68 kilometers after Río Gallegos, where  Paso Integración Austral is. This is in the border with Chile, so it is due to fulfill the migration proceedings. Already in Chilean territory,  continue by National Route Nº 255, there are 43 kilometers  paved until the crossing with the National Route Nº 257, continue by this one, 15 kilometers paved until Punta Delgada, here the  Estrecho de Magallanes (Strait of Magellan) is crossed in about 20 minutes of navigation (depending on the weather and specially on winds).  You disembark in Bahía Azul. From there, 150 kilometers, of which, only 30 are paved until the San Sebastián border crossing, where you enter the Argentine Republic again and continue by National Route Nº 3 until Ushuaia.
Tolls in: Riccheri freeway: $1,25; South freeway: $1,25; National Route  Nº 3, km. 76: $2,80; Km. 264: $2.10. When returning it is paid in National Route  Nº 226: $2,20
There is another possibility, which is more direct, but much longer, to go always on the National Route No. 3 from Cañuelas.

COACH: there is not direct ground transportation service to Ushuaia, but there is to Rio Gallegos, Province of Santa Cruz and then it is possible to connect with local services. Andesmar, Transportadora Patagonia and El Pinguino leave Retiro Bus Station to Rio Gallegos.

AIRPLANE: It has an international airport, where the main national airlines arrive.

HISTORICAL BACKGROUNDS :
The Salesians were the first settlers of the area. They arrived on November 11, 1892 under the command of Father José Fagnano and his collaborators. After these settlements, new residents gradually began to arrive.They were mainly livestock farmers because the river was the means of communication with the outside world. On July 11, 1921 the official foundation took place, through a Decree of President Hipólito Irigoyen. It was recognized as an Agricultural Colony. Since 1900 processes of colonization have been taken place and the new establishment in the fields to run sheep brought a great development. From the year 1949, with the discovery of oil, there was an important immigration wave and changes in production, and finally in 1972 with the enactment of a law for the promotion of industry  more people arrived.

PLACES TO VISIT:

VIRGINIA CHOQUINTEL MUNICIPAL MUSEUM:
555 Alberdi between Rivadavia and Belgrano Av. It was opened in 1992.

It has an extensive collection of regional issues on the history and culture, Fauna, Flora, Petroleum Exploration and the first airline, among others.



MONUMENT TO THE MALVINAS FALLEN SOLDIERS:
El Cano between Thorne and Santa Fe.


MONUMENT TO MILITARY AIRCRAFT:Santa Fe and Elcano roundabout.



WOOD CARVING CHRIST:
Route No. 3 at the exit of Farm II.

SHOREBIRD MONITORING:
Between Belgrano Av and Thorne. An old recycled boat is the ideal place for observing migratory birds.



SALESIAN MISSION - NTRA. SRA. DE LA CANDELARIA CHAPEL AND MUSEUM:
11 km north from the city on National Route No. 3. From the distance it can be seen because of its white buildings. The place was founded in 1893 by Monsignor Fagnano, and it had the task of evangelizing the local Aboriginal. The most important places to visit are the chapel, built in 1899, the Regional Museum and the nursery.


OLD SWING BRIDGE:
On National Route No. 3, eleven kilometers south from the city. It  was built in 1918 to allow the crossing of the Rio Grande. It has a length of 110 meters. It was declared municipal historical, cultural and architectural heritage and provincial historical monument.


GRANDE RIVER:
Together with its tributary the Meléndez River are the  best places for sport fishing for trout.

TOLHUIM:
It is on the shore of Fagnano Lake and it is the third town of the province. It was founded in 1972. It has become the main base for hikes, fishing trips and other activities in the vicinity of that lake.

FAGNANO LAKE:
On the way to Ushuaia, on National Route No. 3. It has an area of 645 square kilometers, it is of glacial origin and drains into the Strait of Magellan, through the Azopardo River. It stands out among the mountains and the plateau. Its name is in recognition of one of the first Salesians sent to the region. In the headwaters of the lake there is an inn and a cottage complex nearby. On its banks you can practise sport fishing.



ESCONDIDO LAKE:
Going to the south, 50 kilometers before arriving in Ushuaia, on National Route No. 3 and then 24 kilometers of gravel road to reach this beautiful lake hidden in the Fuegian mountain range, near the Paseo Garibaldi, which crosses the Andes.

In the headwaters of the lake there is an inn from which you can go hiking and fishing.



LODGING.