Walking through the extensive Patagonian steppe, we enter Puerto Santa Cruz, an old town that offers a natural viewpoint towards the estuary and a very interesting historical baggage.
Just by walking a few blocks through the center of Puerto Santa Cruz, we came across monuments and vestiges of the events that began its historical heritage. We were able to imagine times gone by when pioneers reasserted sovereignty by building the first settlement. To them is added today the tourist development of natural areas.
On our tour, we found the Exaltación de la Santa Cruz church in the Cañadón Misionero, considered the first point of population roots. It is distinguished by the figure of its Christ arrived in Turin (Italy).
Here and there we discovered monuments and busts of those men who fought against the vicissitudes of nature and set foot in the area to stay. On Piedra Buena Avenue, we visited the mausoleum of the first governor of the territory, Frigate Captain Carlos María Moyano. In that place, Hernando de Magallanes had a mass prayer for the success of his future mission towards the strait that today bears his name.
Later we find the artistic works that pay homage to Commander Luis Piedrabuena and Commodore Luis Py, who explored the new lands.
The terraced plateaus of the southern bank of the estuary shelter the population from the sea winds. On its banks stands the Centenary Cross, large and made of iron, which recalls the arrival of the naval squadron under the command of Commodore Py in 1878.
Back in the center, we visit the Carlos Borgialli Regional Museum, in whose rooms we observe the fauna and flora of the area and some vestiges of regional archeology and paleontology.
During our visit, we witnessed an excellent sheep auction at the fair held at the Rural Society. A large number of people and good specimens presented left the breeders of the area well represented.
On the southern bank of the estuary, in the Punta Quilla area, is Puerto Santa Cruz. It is of deep waters and good transit of goods. Ships from overseas arrive at its extensive and modern docks and also, in a smaller space, smaller ships. It has good lighting and buoys and all port stowage services that are required for maneuvers.
We then toured the Santa Cruz estuary by car to get to know this natural environment and distinguish the different shades of water depending on the time of day. On a 25-kilometer journey along the southern bank, what attracted us most was the town itself, typical of Argentine Patagonia.
The estuary can be two kilometers wide and is the ideal place for all kinds of water sports such as water skiing, sailing, and canoeing, which are practiced by both locals and those who visit Puerto Santa Cruz. On Leones Island, there is an important colony of seabirds.
“If you like to go fishing, motorboats are rented to go around the estuary and take a good bass, or pejerrey, trout, or perch.” But this time we were left wanting to accept the invitation of a real fisherman from the area.
After we visited Puerto Santa Cruz we liked, even more, the stanzas sung by Horacio Guarany:
“Santa Cruz Port,
So far away and dear
a little bit of cold,
Sun of my heart…”