Argentinian Territories: Facing the Ocean

Scenes, traditions, and flavors of the Atlantic country.

Tierra del Fuego

Inhabited by different native peoples like the Selk’nam and Yaghan around 10,000 years ago, Tierra del Fuego is the youngest Argentinian province. Its history is heavily influenced by European expeditions, which arrived in the southern lands in search of new routes.

The first Europeans to explore the territory were the seafarers of the Spanish expedition led by Ferdinand Magellan in 1520. The infamous Strait of Magellan, a very important natural passageway between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, was named after him.


Located in Tierra del Fuego, this city is the southernmost city in the country and the gateway to Antarctica. Its way of living and gastronomy are strongly marked by the sea. The Beagle Channel, a beautiful passageway with incredible scenery, is located here.

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Artisanal fishery is a hallmark of Tierra del Fuego, where various family businesses boost the local economy through fishery and the cultivation of different maritime species like mollusks, king crabs, crustaceans, and mussels, among others.

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Río Grande

Thanks to its strategic location, this Tierra del Fuego city had a lot of influences from adventurers who arrived to explore the southern lands. Famous for its sheep husbandry, the city is home to farms like María Behety, which has one of the largest shearing sheds in the world.

Monte León National Park

In the province of Santa Cruz, this park is charmingly located on the border between two very different landscapes: the steppe and the sea. Hosting a wide variety of flora and fauna, its emblem is the Patagonian or Magellanic penguin.

Puerto Madryn

This city in the province of Chubut is one of the most important centers for tourism in Argentina. It is considered the national capital of scuba diving. Punta Tombo, the biggest colony of Magellan penguins in the world, is located a few miles away.

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Sea Salt Production in Chubut

Península Valdés

This is a famous wildlife reserve on the Argentinian coast. It is one of Chubut’s biggest attractions because of the animals that live in its sea and on its beaches, like wolves and elephant seals, as well as right whales, which can be spotted every year throughout May.

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From ocean to plate

Fish and shellfish are key elements of the gastronomy of the southern Argentina provinces with access to the sea. They prepare cazuelas, stews, fritters as well as empanadas filled with scallops, tuna, or shellfish.

Buenos Aires

Leaving southern Argentina and advancing north, the geography of the coasts changes. Thanks to the presence of warmer climates and less strong winds, the beaches of the province of Buenos Aires are excellent summer resorts.

The star of the coast

Mar del Plata is without a doubt an excellent seaside city resort. Its ample beaches, combined with its lively nightlife, filled with restaurants, theaters, and shops, make it a favorite location for spending days in the sun during the Argentinian summer.

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The Mar del Plata harbor offers a huge range of restaurants, famous for their fresh and delicious fish and shellfish. Sea bites, like calamari, shrimp, and cornalitos, breaded and fried, are most popular. 

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