What to do and see in Puerto Deseado, Argentina: The Best Places and Tips

July 19, 2017 Moriah Teneyck

Puerto Deseado, originally called Port Desire, is a city of about 15,000 inhabitants and a fishing port in Patagonia in Santa Cruz Province of Argentina, on the estuary of the Deseado River.
Restaurants in Puerto Deseado

1. Darwin Expediciones

Calle Espana 2551, Puerto Deseado Z9050BAU, Argentina
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5 based on 91 reviews

Darwin Expediciones

Since 1991 Darwin Expeditions specializes in operating adventure & nature programs of high quality in the Atlantic Patagonia. We are always attentive to the development of new routes, designing single cruises, finding exclusive locations and offering the best options in the area. Our origin Kayaker made ​​us discover every corner of this unique paradise, one of the most biodiverse places on the Patagonian coast, where there is the wild weather and wild animals. Every tour we do with our clients enjoy as the first time, this gives us the privilege of sharing our work with visitors from around the world are overcome their expectations and recommend us constantly. We love and care our place so that this activity is sustainable and perhaps in the future our children can continue it, which we grow, the same way we did it surrounded by this natural paradise. The main objective is the safety of our customers, for which we have implemented strict work rules. The specialized guides who lead our groups are all recognized professionals, supported and enabled by the relevant institutions. Invite you to visit this portion of the Patagonia hand Darwin Expeditions

Reviewed By Tripgirl42 - Peak District

Thanks to the very professional and friendly services of Roxana and Ricardo we saw an amazing array of birds and sealife, cormorants (grey & black), various gulls, oyster-catchers, petrels, Magellanic penguins. The half day at the Isla Pingüinos was excellent, the Rockhopper penguins are so amusing and you can sit there unhurried watching them go about their daily routine. Also, there is a colony of male sealions and elephant seals, although you do need to beware of the skuas protecting their territory. Roxana has a great understanding of their habits and is enthusiastic to share this in an unobtrusive way.

2. Isla Pinguinos

Puerto Deseado, Argentina
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5 based on 47 reviews

Isla Pinguinos

Reviewed By twiedema

If You want to see penguins (Magellan & ROCKHOPPERS!) you have to visit Isla Pingüino from Puerto Deseado - for me it was an experience of a life-time! We also saw dolphins, seals, cormorants, albatrosses, skuas, etc. To see the island You have to join a tour. I recommend Darwin Expeditions in Puerto Deseado. Their team is amazing, bilingual and very professional!

3. Museo del Tren

Av. Oneto S/N, Puerto Deseado 9050, Argentina +54 297 487-0601
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4.5 based on 43 reviews

Museo del Tren

Reviewed By Palta_11 - Cordoba Argentina


The train museum is a very interesting site.
A place with historic objects and the station is kept identical to the original.
Caregivers also museum, although not completely professional, have a positive attitude to every question or issue infomativa.
We found books featuring the license and where the personal data of many immigrants who come from different countries (Bulgaria, Romania, Italy, Spain, etc) had given their lives for the contruction of the train.
Very interesting bar, and dipensario place.
A place not to miss.
Two details to address in the future. 1 - Slight indication on the Indians of the area. The Patagonians, seemed tehuelches not exist in these lands. Two. The invisibility of the most important slaughter of workers existed in Patagonia. Given the importance of this station had for killing workers.
A historic place to visit

4. Puerto Penacho Excursiones

Calle Domingo F Sarmiento 549, Puerto Deseado Z9050AWG, Argentina +54 297 412-6271
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4.5 based on 29 reviews

Puerto Penacho Excursiones

Watching nature, Rockhopper Penguins, waxes, Magellanic Penguins, cormorants, sea lions. Reduced groups of no more than 12 people. Boat used, semi-rigid 8 meters

Reviewed By epilif2016 - Germany

The evening before the excursion was supposed to be the guide confirmed the trip and told us to show up the next morning.
When we arrived the following morning, no one was there. The Los Vikingos staff next door told us that there is no excursion done by Puerto Penacho this day. There weren't enough participants.
Our guide didn't tell us, just to avoid that we would look for another operator (although they had all our contact data).
Because the tour with Los Vikingos was booked out and this was our last day in town, we didn't go for the trip and saw no penguins!
Unfortunately nobody of the staff showed up for the whole day, so we couldn't face them with our disappointment!

5. Reserva natural Provincial Ria Deseado

San Martin, Puerto Deseado, Argentina
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Reserva natural Provincial Ria Deseado

Reviewed By Clota_Salio - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Otra excursión que realizamos con la gente de Darwin Expediciones, es un recorrido más corto (de un par de horas) por la ría donde vimos toninas overas, lobos marinos, cormoranes gris, roquero e imperial. Un lindo paseo que no hay que perderse para ver naturaleza.

6. Los Vikingos

Prefectura Naval s/n | Al Lado escollera, a la entrada del club náutico Capitan Oneto, Puerto Deseado 9050, Argentina
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Los Vikingos

Reviewed By teresajanehackney - Central Argentina, Argentina

Wow. Thank you so much to Chantelle and Claudio for the most memorable wildlife experience. Within 2 minutes of leaving the mooring we encountered dolphins. The wildlife experiences continued for the next two hours: colonies of lobos marinos - seal lions, penguionos - penguins and many different species of pajaros - cormorant birds (7 species) and turns. the opurtunity to land on the island and be very close to the penguins was a special oppurtunity and to share Mate made the trip more of a community experience. thank you for sharing your little slice of Paradise. Also for your very clearexplaination of how there is so much wildlife in this river and how you are conserving and looking after it. I will be sharing this experience with many people and hope they alos have the oppurtunity to come and join you on Viking

7. Gruta de Lourdes

Ruta 281 km 14, Puerto Deseado, Argentina
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Gruta de Lourdes

Reviewed By tapi45 - Las Varillas- Córdoba

Esta ubicada a pocos kilómetros de la ciudad de Puerto Deseado. Lugar importante para los creyentes. Se hacen peregrinaciones todos los años. Lamentable el estado de Paredes y pisos donde muchos visitantes han dejado sus huella con pintadas. Esto a pesar de los carteles que piden que no lo hagan. Un fuerte ventarrón nos obligo a retirarnos a poco de haber llegado.

8. Museo Mario Brozosky

Colon | Belgrano, Puerto Deseado 9050, Argentina +54 297 487-2155
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Museo Mario Brozosky

Reviewed By Andrea M - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Este museo posee una colección de herramientas indígenas en piedra digna de visitar, además de conocer la historia de la Swift, hundida en la ría Deseado y poder apreciar el excelente estado en que se encuentran las piezas rescatadas de la misma, al igual que la belleza de ciertas piezas. Vale la pena visitarlo!

9. Reserva Natural Cabo Blanco

San MartIn, Puerto Deseado, Argentina
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Reserva Natural Cabo Blanco

Reviewed By tapi45 - Las Varillas- Córdoba

Para llegar hay que hacer unos 90 km desde Puerto Deseado, pero vale la pena. Parte del camino es de ripio y está en buenas condiciones. Por la ruta provincial 281, pasando la localidad de Tellier, esta la bajada al ripio. Está bien señalizada. Hay que llevar alimentos y bebidas porque no hay lugar para comprar o comer. La entrada es gratuita. En el trayecto se puede divisar una gran salina, que nos quedó por visitar. Se atraviesan varias estancias, separadas por guardaganados.
En la distancia se puede divisar el faro instlado sobre el cabo rocoso. Para acceder al mismo hay que subir unos cien escalones El faro fue construido en 1915. Allí arriba esta también la casa del guardafaros.
La vista es única. En una isla del frente hay una colonia de lobos marinos de dos pelos. Hacia la izquierda se encuentra una playa, que por el día ventoso que nos toco, estaba con mucho oleaje. Sobre el otro lado hay otra que está al resguardo donde se puede pescar tranquilamente. Sobre la costa y en los islotes cercanos se pueden ver numerosas especies de aves. Hay una zona llamada El soplador, porque cuando sube la marea al pasar entre las piedras produce chorros de agua con espuma. En el lugar hay también una edificación que corresponde a una estafeta de correo de esa época. También hay un pequeño Cementerio con unas pocas cruces.
Un lugar muy tranquilo, con poca gente, para pasar medio día o el día completo y sacar cientos de fotos.

10. Miradores de Darwin

Puerto Deseado, Argentina
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Miradores de Darwin

Reviewed By Agosto021 - Comodoro Rivadavia

A unos 40 kilómetros al oeste de Puerto Deseado, se vislumbra un cañadón rojizo de cientos de metros de altura, con un hilo de agua. La ría se convierte en río Deseado,la vista es inmejorable

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