Excursion to the Querandí Lighthouse on an ATV

The idea had been pending for a while. This time, the Querandí Lighthouse would be the aim to be reached. A tour in the sand, the forest and the sea where adrenaline knows no limit.
Forests with Glamour

In the surroundings of Villa Gesell, nature becomes the great protagonist of the summer. Just getting a little bit away from the center of the village is enough to realize that the heart of this town keeps intact the same spirit that made it famous among the youths decades ago.


Forming a queue with our quads, little by little, we cautiously left civilization behind. Forests of pines, cypresses, acacias and eucalyptus, as well as large sand dunes, would conquer the scenery as our quads got deep into the path that goes across the districts of Mar de las Pampas, Las Gaviotas and Mar Azul.

As we advanced, the quads would slow down sharply, and our eyes would start showing us the quaint buildings in Patagonian and Mediterranean style which have wisely mingled with the natural beauty of the forest. Fancy restaurants, inns, shopping centers and handcrafts fairs caught our attention.
  • A tour in the sand, the forest and the sea

    A tour in the sand, the forest and the sea

  • Adrenaline knows no limit

    Adrenaline knows no limit

  • The Querandí Lighthouse

    The Querandí Lighthouse

  • We had fulfilled our decision

    We had fulfilled our decision

This place has been called Mar de las Pampas (sea of the pampas) for being one of the few places on the coast where the plains of the humid pampas meet the sea. The name Mar Azul (blue sea) responds to the intense color of the ocean around these latitudes and Las Gaviotas (the seagulls) is a tribute to the large amount of these sea birds that hover about the area during the entire year.

But we were aiming at the lighthouse. It was the first building of the present district of Villa Gesell, it dates from 1922 and it is located 30 kilometers from the village.

Querandí Lighthouse Municipal Natural Reserve

After traveling for almost one hour and a half, a long sand path deposited us in front of the vast sea. From there, going up and down enormous dunes, we followed an imaginary line that would take us to the famous lighthouse, which until 2009 will be under the protection of an agreement for the Preservation of the National Heritage.

This reserve, where the lighthouse is located, has a surface of 5,757 hectares of dunes. Apart from the quads, double traction vehicles can access the area, provided that they travel along existing tracks in order not to endanger the local fauna and flora.

Therefore, the almost twenty excursionists that got out into the adventure on the quads were informed of that in advanced. As we approached the lighthouse, all the drivers formed a queue so as not to cause any damage to that majestic natural ecosystem hardly ever visited by man.

Sand gusts made us cover our face and wear sunglasses; but even the bad weather, the sand, the water and some fall or other would add excitement to this kind of adventure.

In the distance, we made out the just painted white and black silhouette of the 54-meter tall lighthouse, with a 276-step spiral staircase and a light scope of 18 nautical miles, which equal approximately 20 kilometers, although the distance seemed much greater inside the water.

And when we only had a few kilometers to go, almost unintentionally, we began to speed up the quads to such an extent that an endless race started, as we wished to see who would come first.

We slowly left passion aside and got rational again to think about the preservation of nature, which to the writer of this report is not only a choice but also a duty as a citizen of the world.

The Arrival in the Querandí

After correctly parking the quads in the entrance, Hectór Rolando Pelayo, who is in charge of the care and performance of the lighthouse, was expecting to tell us about the activities carried out every day, essential for the sailors of the area, as well as for fishermen.

Like in all the lighthouses that dwell the sea littoral, the Querandí is technically a strategic location point on the shore that enables us to be geographically located when we are in the high sea; and should it not be for its validity and permanence, nautical accidents would be much more frequent.

Nowadays, the lighthouse is visited by hundreds of tourists during the summer season, which means that it is necessary to constantly condition and preserve not only the correct performance of its main activity -that is to say giving light- but also the infrastructure necessary to receive the visit of tourism.

And an incredible marathon that summons the most outstanding sportsmen and runners in the country and crosses forests, sea, dunes and beaches, leaving from Mar de las Pampas to the lighthouse has been organized for the last couple of years to take place in October.

Going up the lighthouse was a wise choice and, as we gained height, we watched the spiral effect of the staircases from the top and from solid ground. A unique photo preferred by the lovers of shapes, colors and sensations, and a wonderful postcard that shows beautiful Villa Gesell and outlines a brief idea of the not so far away city of Mar del Plata.

On the way back to the village, we would go before our friend the wind; therefore, the quads quickly sped up racing one another like the wave crests in the sea.

Undoubtedly, the sea shore is an ideal site to slide at full speed in the afternoon, when there are no swimmers. The sound of the waves and the vastness of the horizon made us forget that, in the heights, there is always a lighthouse watching which is worth visiting.
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Useful Data

Opening hours: To be arranged with the operators.

Bear in mind: Wear comfortable clothes but, even if the tour is done in the summer, it is convenient to wear a windbreaker, a jacket or just a warm sweatshirt. It is also essential to wear sun glasses and cap.

Contact

Cuatriciclos del Sol
Av. 3 y Paseo 149, (7165) , Villa Gesell, Buenos Aires
Tel: +54 2255-454449
E-mail

Honda Blanca
Av. 3 y Paseo 149, (7165) , Villa Gesell, Buenos Aires
Tel: +54 2255-476383
E-mail

Suzuki en Gesell
Av. 3 y Paseo 150, (7165) , Villa Gesell, Buenos Aires
Tel: +54 2255-473000

Triwillie
Av. 3 y Paseo 149, (7165) , Villa Gesell, Buenos Aires
Tel: +54 2255-475399
E-mail

Muelle del Club de Pescadores
Calle 129 y Playa, (7165) , Villa Gesell, Buenos Aires
Tel: +54 2255-463750


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