Argentina travel blog by Mark Berman -
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Just 2hrs by bus west of Viedma is the fishing port city of San Antonio Oeste. A peaceful and small place where you can walk around the bay
and see shipwrecks, the museum, the beach, the lake, the coast, the port and dock. Hotels, shops and restaurants are in the streets around the
central Plaza Centenario.
The ship graveyard or cemetery is a great attraction. Rusty old ships washed up in the sand. Nearby at the
Heleno Arcangel Dock, large, orange, active fishing vessels are all ready for action. At least they will be when the tide comes in, in the
afternoon. In the morning the coastline is dry and stoney.
The Jacobacci Museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 9:30am-1pm and 6pm-9pm
in summertime (December-March). In autumn, winter and spring the museum is open from Friday to Sunday, 2pm-6pm. The Jacobacci Museum has on
display many varied items and findings as well as information about the history of the area. The wooden building itself is from 1909 and the
work of the railway department like a few other buildings and houses in this area of town. Outside the museum is an old train. Inside the
museum is a 5 meter skeleton of a dinosaur, skulls, fossils, rocks, salt crystals, stuffed animals and models, stories and depictions of the
original inhabitants, travelers and explorers of the area.
Lake & High Tide
The artificial lake is not affected by the tide so in the morning at
least this body of water remains. By late afternoon however, the bay is full of water with ships out in the harbor with people at the beach
and using their kayaks.
San Antonio Oeste is a pleasant place to stop for a night on the Patagonian coast. Buses in and out are not
so frequent so plan well. Like Viedma, food in the daytime is a little hard to find with restaurants not open until 8:30pm. Puerto Madryn is 3hrs 40mins south by bus from here.