Rio GallegosArgentina. There may not be much to see in town but it can be a base for exploring the wider area. The town serves as the provincial capital.
By planePatagonia2000 has cheap connections to Rio Grande (around Ar$100) and in high-season to Ushuaia. Ask around in one of the tour agents in town.
By busThe bus terminal is about 3 kilometers from the center. There are bus connections to Rio Grande and Ushuaia. Buses arrive from Buenos Aires (36 hours) and Puerto Madryn (16 hours) along Highway 3.
- Museo de Arte "Eduardo Minnicelli": Small art museum with free admission.
Pioneer MuseumThe city's oldest standing house furnished with items from the late 19th and early 20th century.
phone: +54 2966 43-8572address: Comodoro Rivadavia 379Wine bar with a large selection of Argentinian wines.
- Casa de Familia Elcira Cantreras, Zuccarrino 431, 02966-429856. Offers cheap dormrooms. Only a 15-minute walk from the bus terminal.
phone: +54 2966 44-4969address: Monseñor Fagnano 54Modern, centrally located hotel.
- There is a penguin reserve about 2 hours south that is right on the Strait of Magellan.
- The glacier Perito Moreno is the only glacier in the world that is still advancing, and is 4 hours or so to the west, close to the village of El Calafate. It is a treat to see chunks of ice the size of a ten-story building falling into the blue depths of Lake Brazo Norte.