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From Viedma to Las Grutas

Route of the Cliffs, Bahía Creek and the beaches in San Antonio Este. Distance: 552 kilometres

A circuit that will amaze you with its great views to the Atlantic Ocean, its wide sand beaches and high and rugged cliffs. The circuit starts in Viedma, the capital city of the province of Río Negro, and ends in Las Grutas, a beach resort located in the San Matías Gulf. Halfway, you will find the quiet area of Bahía Creek surrounded by gentle sand dunes and by the green and warm waters of the San Antonio Este beaches.

Route Sheet

  • Distance: 552 kilometres
  • Road type: 55% asphalt. The gravel stretches are between La Lobería and Bahía Creek (140 km round trip), and the stretch of Provincial Route 52 that runs from National Route 3 to Pozo Salado, and continues along Provincial Route 1 to San Antonio Este (98 km).
  • Recommended months: November through March
  • Suggested time: 5 to 7 days


KM 0


Viedma is one of the most important cities in Patagonia, and the capital city of the province. Located on the south bank of the Negro River, it has a beautiful promenade of over 5 km, beaches and quiet waters to go canoeing, sailing or boating. On the other side of the river, you will find Carmen de Patagones, the southernmost city in the province of Buenos Aires, also known as "Patagonia's cradle of history." Over 230 years of history are reflected in its monuments, attractions and historic sites, as well as in the most ancient and representative constructions of Argentine history. Together with Viedma, they are part of a region of astounding natural beauty.

KM 31

El Cóndor

Here is where the amazing trip along the Route of the Cliffs starts. Located 20 minutes away from the city of Viedma, along the Scenic Route 1, the El Cóndor Beach is the first stop offering more than 10 km of sandy beaches. It has all the services, including hotels, camping sites and restaurants.

KM 34

Río Negro Lighthouse

In service since 1887 and recognized as historical heritage, it is the oldest lighthouse in Patagonia. On the beach, you will not only see sea birds and migratory birds, but you will also find the biggest colony of burrowing parrots in the world, and the only one of its kind.

KM 61


La Lobería is a sand and pebble beach surrounded by cliffs with a unique characteristic: with low tide, you can enjoy the natural pools that start appearing in the rocks. There is a car park, a tea house, a restaurant and a camping site with a grocery store.

KM 64

Punta Bermeja

A paradise of blue and green waters with one of the largest South American sea lion colonies in the continent. From its viewpoints, you can also see swallows and burrowing parrots nesting on the cliffs. This reserve has a Fauna Interpretation Centre that you can visit all year round. From June to the beginning of December, you can find killer whales, Southern right whales and Commerson's dolphins.

KM 79

Rosas Bay

The road winds down the cliffs to continue parallel to the sea. Rosas Bay appears among sand dunes with its wide and quiet beaches with deep waters that are ideal for fishing.

KM 131

Bahía Creek

Located in the northern end of the San Matías Gulf, Bahía Creek is a small tourist town with a grocery store, a camping site with services and some accommodation options. It is a seaside retreat ideal for relaxing for a few days.

KM 159

Caleta de los Loros

Located in Pozo Salado, the Caleta de los Loros Reserve is a 9000-hectare protected nature area. During low tide, the water moves away revealing a great ecosystem with rich flora and fauna.

KM 222

San Antonio Este

It is a small fishing town on the shores of the San Antonio Bay with some accommodation options and services. With more than 10 km of beaches, you can fish from the shore or take a nautical tour to observe the sea fauna. The Bahía San Antonio Protected Nature Area was created here to preserve its natural environment where different migratory bird species breed, feed and rest. One of the species that inhabits this area is the grey plover. Every year, this bird migrates in big flocks from Tierra del Fuego to the North Pole and back. It is considered an IBA site (Important Bird and Biodiversity Area). The reserve ends to the south of Las Grutas.

KM 228

Las Conchillas Beach

An 11-kilometre-long beach that from far away looks like a white sandy beach, but from up close, you will realise it is covered with crunchy seashells that extend over to the sand dunes. Given its location, it is one of the few beaches in the Argentine coast from where you can see the sunset over the sea. It does not offer services, and there are only two facilities.

KM 233


Inaugurated in 1983, this deep water port gave life to the town, which offers accommodation and camping sites near the sea, as well as seafood houses, bars and restaurants to enjoy the catch of the day.

KM 237

Punta Perdices

Beaches with white sand and crystalline blue and green waters. You can rent kayaks or stand up paddle boards, take a nautical trip or go boat fishing.

KM 244

Punta Villarino

A virgin beach of golden sand. With a colony of sea lions resting on its coasts, this spot is one of the best places to enjoy the beauty of solitude.

KM 303

San Antonio Oeste

A fishing city with some accommodation options and services. La Mar Grande is its nicest beach with a huge sand desert, wild landscapes and shallow waters. You will find beach birds and even flamingos. If you enjoy fishing and kitesurfing, this is a place you cannot miss.

KM 324

Las Grutas

The journey ends in the most popular beach of Río Negro: Las Grutas. Its transparent waters are the warmest in the Argentine coast, with an average temperature of 20 degrees Celsius. It is one of the best places for diving: one of its main attractions is the Underwater Park, created with artificial reefs, with specific areas for first dives and other deeper areas for seasoned divers. Boat tours depart from this point to observe the sea fauna of the San Matías Gulf: sea lions, dolphins, and between August and October, whales. The whole area is ideal for birdwatching or wildlife photography.

Useful information

- If you are planning to travel by plane, there is an airport in the city of Viedma.

- In all cities and towns, you will find lodging, cottages and camping sites. Viedma, El Cóndor, San Antonio Este and Oeste and Las Grutas are the most touristic destinations with the greatest offer of services.

- You can visit this circuit all year round, but to enjoy the beaches, the best time is to go in summer. If you are interested in observing the fauna, check the Nature's Calendar.

- There are petrol stations in Viedma, San Antonio Oeste and Las Grutas. Therefore, if you are planning a round trip to Bahía Creek, or a journey from Viedma to San Antonio Este and the Las Conchillas Beach, Punta Villarino and Punta Perdices, it is best to start your journey with a full tank.

To enjoy the beach or observe the fauna, check the tide times (high and low tide).

The beaches in the city centre of Las Grutas can get very crowded in the summer, but there are other beaches nearby, such as Terrazas al Mar and Piedras Coloradas.

- If you want to dive, there is better visibility in autumn and winter, but in spring and summer, the water temperature is warmer and there is greater fauna diversity.

- Remember to camp only in areas where camping is allowed. Put your trash in bags and take them with you. Only start campfires in areas where this is allowed, and put them out with plenty of water.