While going around its facilities, visitors may appreciate the miracle of sea wildlife on the Patagonian coastline.
Cabo Dos Bahías
Provincial Wildlife Reserve lies close to Camarones
. It is a seaside area in which land, sea, flora and fauna make up a very attractive scene. The different hues and relief features provide unique characteristics to this zone.
We left the town following Moreno Street towards the south in order to visit nearby beaches. We got past the spots called Elola
, El Pescadero
and Puerto Piojo
farther ahead. Afterwards, the scenery became wilder and the sound of the sea grew rougher.
As we stopped here and there on the coast, we enjoyed the strong contrast of shades going from the turquoise of the sea, through the white foam of the waves to the intense ocher and reddish hues of the hillsides.
Shortly before reaching the reserve, we passed by the inlet known as Caleta Sara
, where the most outstanding nautical clubs in Camarones are located. As we went into the natural area, we were given a map to spot the various settlements of the local species.
Accompanied by a local guide, we went along an interpretation path that led us to the penguin colony. We observed the nests and caves of thousands of Magellanic penguins. During the winter, these birds move to other lands and then come back in the spring to repeat their life cycles.
“Both genders defend the nest, incubate the eggs and feed fish and squid to the chicks. The female usually lays two eggs that take around 40 days to hatch. Only one chick tends to survive" the guide explained.
We headed for the beach to watch the behavior of the penguins in the sea. Again, we were given a very interesting explanation: "These birds devote a great deal of their time to the cosmetics of their plumage. They rub their beaks against their feathers, cleaning and organizing them, which contributes to maintaining their waterproof quality”.
We went along the path that runs parallel to the coast and found ourselves right in front of Moreno Island, separated from the continent by 150 meters. From a distance, we could observe a colony of South American sea lions enjoying life at that rocky spot on the beach. They land there to breed and spend their time sunbathing and resting. Some sea birds fluttered around constantly. We learned that they were petrels, skuas, kelp gulls and cormorants.
For two hours, we took part in a fantastic experience and appreciated the recommendation of visiting Cabo Dos Bahías Reserve during our stay at Camarones.
Duration: Half a day
Opening hours: Open all day from 8am. Access fee charged.
Tour type: Wildlife mapping, contemplative tourism.
How to get here: From Camarones, take Moreno street and travel 28 kilometers towards the south along Provincial Route 1 up to the reserve.
Bear in mind: The road is made of gravel so it is advisable not to speed up, drive on your right and use the gears to slow down instead of pressing the brakes.