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Atlantic Coast Natural Provincial Reserve

Tierra del Fuego, Antártida e Islas del Atlántico Sur

This large natural reserve on the seashore is a must-see for those who love birdwatching and wish to discover the north of the province and its stunning landscapes. 

You can visit this reserve all year round. Check the birds’ calendar and the activities available in each season.

What to see
The Natural Reserve

The Atlantic Coast Provincial Natural Reserve extends for about 220 km from the city of Río Grande to the bay of San Sebastián. It was created in 1998 to protect the wintering areas of thousands of migratory birds that arrive from the northern hemisphere every year—some from places as far away as the Canadian Arctic—to feed and rest on its coasts, beaches and intertidal zones.

It is also a wetland of international importance established by the RAMSAR convention. Among its characteristic species, the hudsonian godwit, the red knot, the white-rumped sandpiper, the magellanic oystercatcher, the kelp goose and the ruddy-headed goose, in danger of extinction, stand out.

The easiest way to visit the reserve is from the waterfront of the city of Río Grande, between Córdoba and Lima streets, where there is a small trail. To get to the bay of San Sebastián, you must take national route 3, about 80 km to the north.

How to get there and move around

To reach the public access to the reserve, find a short trail in the coastal road of Río Grande, where you will also see the interpretive centre. 

If you depart from the city to the north area, in San Sebastián Bay, the reserve borders private ranches (estancias) that require an entrance permit.

Given the area’s environmental sensitivity, it is not allowed to camp or practise any sports there.

Where to stay

Río Grande offers a wide range of accommodations of different styles and categories. 

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