The Beauty of the Santa Cruz Estuary


This famous estuary, which is the end of an entire hydrographic system within the province of Santa Cruz, allows you to enjoy more every day. Picturesque, colorful, and with new sports that add to its attractions.

Santa Cruz Estuary, Argentine

Looking at the map it is easy to understand that Lake Viedma empties its waters into the La Leona River and this same course flows into Lake Argentino, thus contributing its waters to the Santa Cruz River (direct outfall of Lake Argentino), which then runs almost 400 kilometers until the estuary of the same name is formed and the long-awaited mouth in the Argentine Sea arrives.

“The color of the waters of the estuary is not always the same, it changes all the time”, say the residents of the place. Those who live in the surroundings of the estuary affirm that it changes color during the different hours of the day and that, in addition to this, it acquires different shades following different climatic aspects.

At first glance, you can see that the population sits on the southern bank of the estuary, which gives the place a picturesque color throughout its twenty-five-kilometer route.

Between Punta Norte and Cascajo, its access mouth is formed (looking from the sea towards the continent), and entering it there is a channel 2 kilometers wide, which in addition to the port activity adds other activities to each of its coasts, among those that stand out canoeing, water skiing, wildlife watching, and sailing.

Along the length of this estuary, both near its mouth in the sea and going upstream, it is ideal for lovers of sport fishing. Both from boats and the coast (both shores) you can enjoy fishing for excellent specimens of sea bass and large pejerreyes, and if you begin to climb towards the source of this water system, there are places where the Santa Cruz River forms lagoons where rainbow trout have been stocked, obviously sought after by all those who practice fly fishing.

Near Puerto Santa Cruz and over the mouth is Leones Island (located in the center of the estuary), a true refuge for the different bird communities that live and breed there.

Walking along both sides of the coast, it is possible to see the remains of small boats that were abandoned and that previously played a primary role in trade throughout the region and even internationally. Today, seeing them generates a sensation of irremediable historical deterioration.

The Centennial Cross, inaugurated on December 1, 1978, is one of the icons of this city and is located near the estuary. The chosen place is emblematical because it was the centenary of the historic arrival of the naval squadron under the command of Commodore Py.

This cross is located on the local waterfront and for those who are looking for it, it is at the intersection of Julio A. Roca and Comandante Luís Piedra Buena avenues. It is one of the few icons that this city has, which is slowly beginning to be well seen by tourists.

Year after year, the estuary gains followers and service providers, who see in the 25 kilometers of its route perfect landscapes for adventure, both in summer and during holidays and long weekends.