Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is a large province in the lower part of Argentinian Patagonia. It is a particularly sparse province, with a population of just 200'000 or so spread out over nearly 300'000 square kilometres. Major industries of Santa Cruz province include the extraction of hydrocarbons (petrol, gas and coal), mining, sheep and fishing.

Tourism is also an important industry with Santa Cruz holding many touristical treasures. Among the most popular and spectacular of them is the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares which contains Perito Moreno Glacier, a 30 km long glaciar which contains around 250 km2 of ice. Laid back El Calafate is the main base for exploring the nearby national park.

Also of great interest is the Cueva de las Manos, a cave in the valley of the Pinturas River which has paintings of hands which were made by indigenous people around 9000 years ago.

Related forum topics

Southern Argentina
General discussions on Santa Cruz and other southern provinces

Related links

Portal oficial de la Provincia de Santa Cruz
Official government site of Santa Cruz province