Its proximity to the Falkland Islands (called Islas Malvinas in this country) meant that the city’s airport was a primary aircraft staging area during the 1982 Falklands War with U.K. A large military base is still to be found here.
Hire a car in Rio Gallegos and explore what the city and the province have to offer. The convenient National Route 3 which follows the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean northbound to Buenos Aires or southbound to Tierra del Fuego. Settlers from nearby Chile or the Falkland Islands were encouraged to come here by the government in the early part of the 20th Century. About 3,000 of these settlers boosted the population of Rio Gallegos, and due to better farming conditions, also led to an uptick in sheep husbandry. You can see what the settler’s life was like by visiting the Pioneer Museum, which is located in the city’s oldest standing house. Items featured here are from the late 19th to the early 20th Century. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. and admission is free.
Nestor Kirchner was the 54th Argentinean President from 2003 to 2007 and whose wife Cristina succeeded him. The Kirchners are closely associated with the economic turnaround of Argentina from the crisis that occurred in 2001. Public works were part of the economic expansion, and Rio Gallegos benefited greatly from this government expenditure. What is relevant here is that Kirchner was born in Rio Gallegos, part of the 3rd generation of European immigrants, and was buried there after his death in October 2010. This followed a period of national mourning for 3 days and a state funeral attended not just by foreign dignitaries but hundreds of thousands of his countrymen. Kirchner was also the Governor of Santa Cruz Province from 1991 till his ascension to the presidency, and oversaw an economic improvement in poverty and jobs, and a financial balance from an inherited deficit. National visitors to Rio Gallegos now visit the cemetery to view Kirchner’s tomb in his family plot.
If you want to have the ease of moving around in Rio Gallegos, it is advisable to look for car rental in Rio Gallegos to make your trip more enjoyable. There is a lot of driving around that can be done and the special packages offered are very reasonable and the cars comfortable for long journeys. The city’s international airport serves as the aerial base for Antarctic expeditions. In addition, the Aerolineas Argentinas jumbo jets make a stopover here en route to Australia and New Zealand via the transpolar route. This city became a major port for exporting sheep and their derivatives after settlement. Besides sheep products, Rio Gallegos also serves as a fishing port and also exports coal from the Rio Turbio mines and timber. Due to tidal fluctuations, ships have to wait at Punta Loyola to the south for favourable conditions before anchoring in the port itself.
Rent a car in Rio Gallegos and drive along the coastline for spectacular sea views. Northbound are the Welsh-influenced towns of Trelew, Gaiman and Puerto Madryn where you can see the natural flora and fauna found in the Peninsula Valdes. Southbound, you may visit some spectacular glacial formations like the Perito Moreno Glacier, or ski at the Ushuaia slopes with the best snow in the world at budget prices. The town of Puerto San Julian in the same province was also used as an aerial base for the Argentinean forces during the Falklands. It is worth a visit as its natural harbour has led to a wealth of fascinating history, including the exploits of Ferdinand Magellan, Francis Drake and Charles Darwin. It is believed that a discovery here led to the beginning of Darwin’s theory of evolution!
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