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Faro Querandí Reserve

Buenos Aires

In the southern part of Villa Gesell village, the reserve protects the biodiversity and ecosystem of the coastal dunes. Through trails, bird-watching trips, informative talks and guided tours, you can discover the flora and fauna of the dunes, the wetlands, the grasslands and the beaches.

Open to visitors all year round. Migratory shorebirds can be observed from December to April, with a greater concentration in March.

What to see
Over 100 native species

Amid dunes and wide beaches, this reserve harbours vulnerable and endangered species such as the black-and-white monjita and the dune lizard (declared a Natural Monument). You can also see the famous tucu-tucu rodent. It is a popular destination for bird-watchers: you can see gulls, terns, plovers and oystercatchers.

Interpretative trails

The reserve has 2 ecotourist trails: Los Senecios (40 min.) allows you to interpret the native flora and fauna, and exhibits signposts explaining the traces of the different species. Adesmia incana (100 min.) is of medium-high difficulty and invites you to observe different environments, native and exotic vegetation.

How to get there and move around

The reserve is accessed through the beach in 4WD vehicles, on 147 street in Villa Gesell (20 km). You can also go down to the beaches located further south, in Mar de las Pampas, Mar Azul or Las Gaviotas villages.


To get to Faro Querandí (lighthouse), you must go through the mid-part of the beach (not along the coastline or the dunes) at a speed of less than 30 km/h. Avoid disruption of shorebirds resting.

Where to stay

Faro Querandí Municipal Natural Reserve has no services; the nearest places with cuisine and accommodation options are Mar Azul (5 km), Mar de las Pampas (8 km) and Villa Gesell (12 km) villages.

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