Lighthouses of Southern Argentina

Argentina has a lengthy coastline, extending from the warm waters of the Río de la Plata to the edge of the icy Antarctic ocean. This page includes lighthouses of the southern part of mainland Argentina in Chubut and Santa Cruz Provinces. The two provinces together include a large part of the region known as Patagonia. Santa Cruz Province ends at the Strait of Magellan; beyond is the island of Tierra del Fuego, which is divided between Argentina and Chile.

Active lighthouses in Argentina are owned by the Argentine Navy and managed by the Navy's Servicio de Hidrografía Naval (SHN). The Spanish word for a lighthouse is faro; smaller lighthouses are often called balizas (beacons).

Interest in lighthouses seems to be fairly high in Argentina. In the past, there hasn't been much concern about preservation, since the great majority of the lighthouses are being maintained by the Navy. However, in recent years there has been increasing concern about the preservation of several of the country's most historic lighthouses, especially those in the far south.

ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. Admiralty numbers are from volume G of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers are from Publication 110, except for lights of the Beagle Channel, which are from Publication 111. The official Argentine light list, Faros y Señales Marítimas, is not available online.

General Sources
Lista de Faros Argentinos
Official SHN lighthouse site, with data and small photos. Unfortunately, it is not possible to link directly to the pages for individual lighthouses.
Faros de Argentina
Index to lighthouse articles and photos in the Spanish Wikipedia.
Lighthouses in Argentina
The ARLHS listing of Argentine lights; the society has photos for most of them.
Faros Argentina
Photos by Carlos María Silvano.
Online List of Lights - Argentina
Photos by various photographers posted by Alexander Trabas.
Faros Argentina
Photos posted on Flickr.com by Carlos María Silvano.
World of Lighthouses - Argentina
Photos by various photographers available from Lightphotos.net.
Faros de Santa Cruz
A very useful blog by Ruben Russo on the lighthouses of Santa Cruz Province.
Lighthouses in Argentina
Photos by various photographers available from Wikimedia.
Leuchttürme Südamerikas auf historischen Postkarten
Historic postcard views posted by Klaus Huelse.


Cabo Virgenes Light, Strait of Magellan, October 2005
Flickr photo
copyright Paul Cookson; used by permission

Chubut Province Lighthouses

Biedma Department Lighthouses
Note: The Península Valdés is an elliptical near-island about 100 km (60 mi) from north to south and 75 km (46 mi) east to west, connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus. The Golfo San José is north of the isthmus and the Golfo Nuevo is to the south. The peninsula is mostly deserted except for a few sheep ranches; most of it is protected as a nature reserve. Puerto Madryn, at the head of the Golfo Nuevo, is the administrative center of Biedma department and the only town of any size in the area.
Punta Quiroga
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 40 m (131 ft); white flash every 10 s. 6 m (20 ft) post rising from a square 1-story equipment shelter. Lighthouse painted with black and white horizontal bands. A distant view is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a promontory about 11 km (7 mi) west of the entrance to the Golfo San José. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty G1047; NGA 19632.
Punta Tehuelche
1949. Active; focal plane 35 m (116 ft); three white flashes every 20 s. 12 m (39 ft) square pyramidal concrete skeletal tower with lantern and a 1-story enclosed concrete workroom in the base. An SHN photo is at right, another closeup photo and a third closeup are available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a promontory projecting into the Golfo San José on the north side of the Istmo Ameghino, the narrow neck of land connecting the Península Valdés to the mainland. Accessible only by boat; there is no road access to this site. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-059; Admiralty G1048.8; NGA 19636.
Punta Buenos Aires
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 38 m (125 ft); white flash every 3 s. 6 m (20 ft) square tower rising from a 1-story square equipment building. Lighthouse painted in an unusual red and white checkerboard pattern. José Pavoni has a photo and a more distant view, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a promontory near the tip of the Península Buenos Aires, the long peninsula enclosing the northeast side of the Golfo San José. Accessible by 4WD. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-093; Admiralty G1048; NGA 19634.
Almirante Brown (2)
1949. Active; focal plane 76.5 m (251 ft); two white flashes, separated by 4 s, every 16 s. 5 m (17 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower, painted white with a daymark of red horizontal bars and a red "bull's-eye." Light displayed from a small lantern on a short mast. ARLHS has a closeup photo, and Google has a satellite view. A wooden tower built here in 1945 collapsed in 1948. Located on the northern coast of the Península Buenos Aires, about 13 km (8 mi) east of Punta Buenos Aires and the entrance to the Golfo San José. Accessible only by boat or helicopter; there is no road access to this site. Site and tower closed. ARLHS ARG-018; Admiralty G1049; NGA 19640.
* Punta Norte
1925. Active; focal plane 62.5 m (205 ft); white flash every 10 s. 16.5 m (54 ft) slender round cylindrical metal (cast iron?) tower with lantern, rising from the center of a small workroom. Lighthouse painted with black and white horizontal bands. Guy wires have been added to steady this weatherbeaten and rather fragile-looking tower. Probably endangered. ARLHS has a photo, Fabio Dornelles has a 2007 photo, Trabas has Silvano's photo, and Google has a satellite view. As an experiment, the light was powered by the wind from 1982 to 1990; it is now solar powered. The area is well known for its wildlife, especially elephant seals. Located at the northernmost point of the Península Valdés marking the southern entrance to the Golfo San Matías. Accessible at the end of provincial route 3, 75 km (47 mi) northeast of Puerto Pirámides. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-056; Admiralty G1050; NGA 19652.
Faro Tehuelche
Punta Tehuelche Light
Servicio de Hidrografía Naval photo
* [Punta Bajos (2)]
2001 (station established 1927). Active; focal plane 27 m (89 ft); white flash every 3 s. Approx. 25 m (82 ft) triangular cylindrical skeletal mast. Trabas has Silvano's photo, ARLHS has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. The original lighthouse here was a 28 m (92 ft) cast iron tower. Located beside the coastal road on the east coast of the peninsula, midway between the Punta Norte and Punta Delgada lighthouses. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-051; Admiralty G1052; NGA 19656.
**** Punta Delgada
1905 (Pablo Texera García and Guillermo Cray). Active; focal plane 71 m (234 ft); three white flashes in a 2+1 pattern every 25 s. 14 m (46 ft) round cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, painted brick red; lantern painted black. Fresnel lens in use. The light station is staffed. A photo is at right, Stefano Paradisi has a 2008 photo, a 2007 closeup photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. The development of ecotourism on the Península Valdés has made this one of the best known lighthouses in Argentina (or in South America, for that matter). The buildings of the light station include a hotel and restaurant. The surrounding area has one of the world's largest elephant seal colonies as well as many other kinds of wildlife. Located at the southeastern tip of the Península Valdés, about 65 km (40 mi) southeast of Puerto Pirámides on provincial route 2. Site open, tower open for tours. Site manager: Faro Punta Delgada. ARLHS ARG-015; Admiralty G1054; NGA 19660.
Morro Nuevo
1918. Active; focal plane 118 m (387 ft); white flash every 5s. 12 m (39 ft) square pyramidal steel skeletal tower painted with red and white horizontal bands. Lantern removed. Wikimapia has a photo, and ARLHS has an older photo showing the tower when it was painted brown, but the tower is inconspicuous in a Google satellite view. The lighthouse was converted to wind power in 1982, but the experiment failed; it was converted to solar power in 1984. Located atop a high headland at the southernmost point of the Península Valdés, marking the northern entrance to the Golfo Nuevo. There is no road access to this site. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-049; Admiralty G1058; NGA 19664.
* Puerto Pyrámides
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 87 m (285 ft); white flash every 3 s. 6 m (20 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower, lower portion enclosed. The tower is white concrete with three narrow red horizontal bands. Trabas has Silvano's photo, and Google has a satellite view. Puerto Pyramides is the only town on the Península Valdés; it has a population of about 550. Located on a hillside above the town, on the south side of the peninsula. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty G1060; NGA 19724.
* Punta Flecha (Puerto Madryn)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 42 m (138 ft); white flash every 9 s. 13 m (43 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower, with two sides covered with a slatted daymark painted red with one white vertical stripe. Trabas has Silvano's closeup photo, another photo is available, Jorge Gobbi also has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. This light probably replaced the Golfo Nuevo lighthouse (next entry). Located atop a steep headland just off highway 42 about 15 km (9 mi) northeast of Puerto Madryn. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-089; Admiralty G1064; NGA 19696.

Punta Delgada Light, March 2005
Wikimedia public domain photo by Prissantenbär
* Golfo Nuevo
1916. Inactive since about 1990. 14.5 m (48 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower with lantern and gallery, painted white; lantern and gallery painted red. Federico Trevisan has a good photo, Fernando Marietan has a photo, ARLHS has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Public protests saved this lighthouse in 1990, when the Navy announced it would remove the tower. The lighthouse is a traditional symbol of the city of Puerto Madryn. Located in an industrial area just north of the city. Site open, tower closed. Owner/site manager: Municipalidad de Puerto Madryn. ARLHS ARG-038.
* Ecocentro Mar Patagonia
Date unknown. Inactive since 2011. 13 m (43 ft) octagonal tower attached to a 1-story ecological center; the light is (was?) perched atop the pyramidal roof of the tower. The building is white. Georgina Guichaquelen has a closeup photo, Magda Camff has another closeup, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a headland on the south side of Puerto Madryn. Site and building open. Owner/site manager: Ecocentro Mar Patagonia. ex-Admiralty G1065; ex-xsNGA 19690.
* Acantilado (Puerto Madryn)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 57 m (187 ft); white flash every 6 s. 13 m (43 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower; two sides of the tower are covered with a slatted daymark painted red with one white horizontal band. Trabas has Silvano's photo, another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the east side of a promontory about 8 km (5 mi) southeast of Puerto Madryn. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-088; Admiralty G1066; NGA 19688.

Rawson Department Lighthouses
Punta Conscriptos (2)
1986 (station established 1929). Active; focal plane 97 m (318 ft); white flash every 7 s, except every third flash omitted. 10 m (33 ft) square broadly pyramidal skeletal tower, painted black. Trabas has Silvano's photo, and ARLHS has a photo, but only the small equipment shelter is clearly visible in a Google satellite view. Located atop a steep cliff about 800 m (1/2 mi) south of Punta Conscriptos, a promontory about 30 km (19 mi) southeast of Puerto Madryn. Site open but probably difficult to reach, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-052; Admiralty G1072; NGA 19684.
* Punta Ninfas (2)
1971 (station established 1916). Active; focal plane 90 m (295 ft); two white flashes every 20 s. 12 m (39 ft) round fiberglass tower, painted with black and yellow horizontal bands. No lantern. Guy wires steady the tower. One of Silvano's photos is at right, Trabas has another of Silvano's photos, Fabien Dany has a 2007 photo, a 2008 closeup is available, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. This lighthouse replaced a 15 m (48 ft) octagonal skeletal tower. Located on the point marking the southern entrance to the Golfo Nuevo, at the end of provincial route 5 about 50 km (30 mi) east of Puerto Madryn. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-055; Admiralty G1074; NGA 19668.
* Chubut (Río Chubut, Punta del Faro)
1933. Active; focal plane 36.5 m (120 ft); white flash every 9 s. 11.5 m (38 ft) square pyramidal steel skeletal tower, painted black, with black and white slatted daymark. Lantern removed 1985. Trabas has Silvano's photo, ARLHS has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a headland about 10 km (6 mi) south of Puerto Rawson on the coastal road to Playa Santa Isabel. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-034; Admiralty G1076; NGA 19728.
Faro Punta Ninfas
Punta Ninfas Light, Puerto Madryn, April 2011
Flickr photo copyright Carlos María Silvano; used by permission

Florentino Ameghino Department Lighthouses
Punta Lobos
1948. Active; focal plane 145 m (477 ft); two white flashes, separated by 5 s, every 15 s. 11 m (36 ft) round concrete tower with lantern and gallery, painted with narrow horizontal red and white bands; lantern and gallery are red. ARLHS has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Sibling of Faro Cabo Dañoso (see below). This lighthouse stands in a barren area with no road access. Located high on a prominent headland about 65 km (40 mi) south of Rawson. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-053; Admiralty G1080; NGA 19740.
Cabo Raso
1925. Active; focal plane 54 m (177 ft); three white flashes, separated by 7 s, every 40 s. 23 m (75 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower with slatted daymark; entire lighthouse painted white. Guy wires steady the tower. Trabas has Silvano's photo, Leo Jerez has another photo, and Google has a satellite view. The tower has an unusual profile; it appears that at some time the tower height was raised by replacing the lantern with a second skeletal tower mounted on the original gallery. More information is needed on this. Located on the cape about 100 km (65 mi) south of Rawson. Accessible by a dirt road. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-029; Admiralty G1084; NGA 19744.
San José (Cabo San José) (3)
1974 (station established 1917). Active; focal plane 84 m (276 ft); flash every 5 s, white or red depending on direction. 16.5 m (54 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower, supposedly painted black with one yellow horizontal band. The tower is unpainted in the ARLHS photo, and Google has a good satellite view. The original lighthouse was a round cast iron tower with lantern and gallery; it was replaced in 1932. Located atop a prominent cape about 18 km (11 mi) south of Cabo Raso and 40 km (25 mi) northeast of Camerones. There is no road access to this site. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-063; Admiralty G1086; NGA 19748.
Bahía San Gregorio
1968. Active; focal plane 172 m (564 ft); white flash every 5.2 s. 9 m (30 ft) square cylindrical concrete block tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted yellow with a broad black "V" on each face, making a zigzag pattern around the building. An SHN photo is at right, Trabas has Silvano's photo, and Google has a good satellite view. This lighthouse replaced the Isla Leones Light. Located about 13 miles south of Camerones on the heights of the Cabo Dos Bahías, the northern entrance to the Golfo San Jorge. There is no road access to this rugged area. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-062; Admiralty G1089.4; NGA 19764.
Faro de San Gregorio
Bahía San Gregorio Light, Camerones
Servicio de Hidrografía Naval photo
Isla Leones
1917. Inactive since 1968. 12.5 m (41 ft) round cylindrical tower with lantern and gallery centered atop a 1-story octagonal concrete block keeper's quarters. ARLHS has a closeup photo, and Google has an excellent satellite view of the station. Isla Leones lies off the Cabo Dos Bahías; the light was abandoned due to the difficulties of landing men and supplies on the island. The lighthouse is clearly endangered and likely to fall into ruin. Accessible only by boat or helicopter. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-071.
[Isla Rasa (2)]
1930 (station established 1917). Active; focal plane 23 m (75 ft); white flash every 8 s. 6 m (20 ft) post painted black. Some small buildings survive from the original light station. SHN has a photo, but Google has only a fuzzy satellite view of the island. Located on a tiny islet about 20 km (13 mi) east southeast of Isla Leones. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-041; Admiralty G1092; NGA 19768.

Escalante Department Lighthouses
Bahía Bustamante
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 102 m (335 ft); white flash every 10 s. 6 m (20 ft) square skeletal tower carrying a daymark panel painted with red and white chevrons. A closeup photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located atop a steep bluff about 400 m (1/4 mi) south of the tiny village of Bahía Bustamante. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-128; Admiralty G1096; NGA 19776.
Cabo Aristizábal (1-2)
1917 (rebuilt 1977). Active; focal plane 46 m (151 ft); white flash every 5 s. 16 m (52 ft) square skeletal tower, painted black; enclosed inside is the original skeletal tower. The upper half of the tower is at least partially enclosed by a slatted daymark painted with red and white chevrons. Jorge Luis Bilbao has a 2008 photo, and Bing has a satellite view. Located on a prominent and rugged cape about 8 km (5 mi) south of Bahía Bustamante. Accessible only by boat or helicopter. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-023; Admiralty G1097; NGA 19788.
Caleta Córdoba Second Range Front
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 53 m (174 ft); quick-flashing white light. 11 m (36 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower (?). Gustavo Koszel's distant street view from the beach appears to show the top of a masonry tower. Google's distant satellite view is not very informative. Caleta Córdoba is a small port handling petroleum exports. Located atop a ridge on the north side of the town's harbor. Site status unknown. Admiralty G1102; NGA 19804.
Caleta Córdoba Second Range Rear
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 79 m (259 ft); white flash every 3 s. 11 m (36 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower. No photo available, but Google has a distant satellite view. Located 260 m (850 ft) north of the front light. Site status unknown. Admiralty G1102.1; NGA 19808.
* Astra (Caleta Córdoba First Range Front)
Date unknown. Active (?); focal plane 40 m (131 ft); quick-flashing red light. 11 m (36 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower carrying a black and white daymark. Google has a street view and a satellite view. The rear light should be on a similar tower 700 m (0.44 mi) west, but a Google street view of this area does not show such a tower. Located on a hill above the northern part of the town. Accessible by road. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty G1100; NGA 19796.
* Cabo San Jorge
1925 (Santiago Orengo). Active; focal plane 78 m (256 ft); four white flashes, separated by 5 s, every 32 s. 27 m (89 ft) square brick tower with lantern and gallery, painted white; lantern and gallery painted black. A photo is at right, Alberto Azparren has a photo, a 2008 photo is available, Néstor Galina has a sunset photo, Huelse has a historic postcard photo, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located about 13 km (8 mi) north of Comodoro Rivadavia, the southernmost city of Chubut. Accessible by road. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-006; Admiralty G1104; NGA 19792.

Cabo San Jorge Light, Comodoro Rivadavia, March 2013
Wikipedia Creative Commons photo by Gonce

Santa Cruz Province Lighthouses

Deseado Department Lighthouses
* Olivia (2)
Date unknown (station established 1945). Inactive since 2014 at least. Approx. 17 m (56 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower carrying a black and white slatted daymark. Small workshed at base of the tower. A photo is available, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. ARLHS has a photo of the original lighthouse, a shorter concrete skeletal tower; it may have been at a different location. Located on the waterfront in Caleta Olivia, on the Golfo San Jorge. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-050; ex-Admiralty G1128; ex-NGA 19864.
Mazarredo
1945. Inactive since 1950. 7 m (23 ft) square pyramidal unpainted concrete skeletal tower. Russo has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located in a remote area on the southwest coast of the Golfo San Jorge. Site open, tower closed. Owner/site manager: unknown. ARLHS ARG-046.
Monte Loayza
1946. Inactive since 1992. 12.5 m (41 ft) square cylindrical concrete skeletal tower with lantern, gallery, and enclosed lower portion. Russo has a photo, ARLHS has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. The area surrounding the lighthouse is a nature reserve, the Parque Provincial Monte Loayza. Located in a barren and remote area on the south coast of the Golfo San Jorge, about 135 km (85 mi) northwest of Puerto Deseado. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-048.
* Cabo Blanco
1917. Active; focal plane 67 m (220 ft); five long (1.5 s) white flashes every 40 s. 27 m (88 ft) round red brick tower with lantern and gallery, unpainted; lantern and gallery painted black. Jorge Porchile's photo is at right, Douglas Fernandes has a 2007 photo, Barbara Macia has a 2008 distant view, ARLHS has an aerial view, and Google has a street view and a good satellite view. This is a staffed station with a 1-story station building and several communications towers. The area surrounding the lighthouse is a nature reserve, the Reserva Natural Cabo Blanco. Located on a rocky headland at the end of provincial route 91 about 90 km (55 mi) north of Puerto Deseado; 4WD recommended. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-001; Admiralty G1134; NGA 19912.
Punta Guzmán
1928. Active; focal plane 33 m (108 ft); two white flashes every 12 s. 17 m (56 ft) square pyramidal steel skeletal tower. Tower painted black; slatted daymark painted with an orange triangle. ARLHS has a photo, and Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Lantern removed by 1971. Located in a remote area about 15 km (10 mi) south of Cabo Blanco. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-039; Admiralty G1136; NGA 19916.
Faro Cabo Blanco
Cabo Blanco Light, Puerto Deseado, June 2011
Panoramio photo
copyright Jorge Porchile; permission requested
* Beauvoir (Puerto Deseado)
1980. Active; focal plane 48 m (157 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. Light mounted in the 28 m (92 ft) tower of the church of Nuestra Señora de la Guardia, the one tall structure on the skyline of Puerto Deseado. ARLHS has a photo, Russo has a photo, another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. The light is named for the priest José María Beauvoir, who explored the region and studied the native Patagonian cultures and languages between 1881 and 1924. Located in downtown Puerto Deseado. Site and church open; it is not known if the tower is open for climbing. ARLHS ARG-020; Admiralty G1139; NGA 19920.
* [Estación (Puerto Deseado Outer Range Front) (2)]
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 27 m (89 ft); quick-flashing white light. 19 m (62 ft) steel post; the top of the tower carries a slatted daymark painted black with an orange vertical stripe. Google has a street view and a satellite view. NGA lists a truncated skeletal tower for this light. Located on the north side of the harbor entrance. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty G1140; NGA 19924.
* [Alonso (Puerto Deseado Outer Range Rear)]
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 40 m (131 ft); red light, 1 s on, 1 s off. 23 m (75 ft) steel post; the top of the tower carries daymark panels colored black with an orange vertical stripe. A photo is available, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located on the waterfront 852 m (0.53 mi) west northwest of the front light. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty G1140.1; NGA 19928.
Roca Magallanes (Puerto Deseado Inner Range Front)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); red flash every 2 s. 12 m (39 ft) round barbell-shaped red fiberglass tower mounted on a platform supported by piles. Miguel Oscar has a photo, a closeup is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a rocky shoal in the Río Deseado southwest of the city's waterfront. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty G1146; NGA 19932.
Las Barrancas (Puerto Deseado Inner Range Rear)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 16.5 m (54 ft); white flash every 3 s. 9 m (30 ft) "truncated pyramidal tower," painted with red and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located at the northern tip of the Isla del Rey, a large island on the south side of the Río Deseado, 1.23 km (3/4 mi) west of the front light. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty G1146.1; NGA 19936.
Isla Pingüino
1903. Active; focal plane 60 m (197 ft); two white flashes, separated by 5 s, every 15 s. 22 m (72 ft) 2-stage round tower, with lantern and gallery, in two sections; the upper half is cast iron the lower half is masonry. Lower half painted white, upper half red with a white horizontal band; lantern painted red. 1-story brick keeper's quarters, abandoned since at least 1983, now in ruins. A photo is at right, Rodrigo Pinedo has a 2009 photo, Huelse has a historic postcard view, and Google has a satellite view. This historic lighthouse is in poor condition and is clearly endangered. The island is a nature reserve, the Parque interjurisdiccional marino Isla Pingüino, protecting a large colony of Magellanic penguins. Andreas Kaufer has a photo of penguins near the lighthouse. Located on an island off Cabo Mírador, about 18 km (11 mi) southeast of Puerto Deseado. Accessible only by boat or helicopter. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-010; Admiralty G1152; NGA 19940.
Punta Medanosa
1949. Active; focal plane 29 m (95 ft); two white flashes, separated by 3 s, every 11 s. 12 m (39 ft) square pyramidal concrete skeletal tower, painted white, with black and white slatted daymark. Lantern removed. Miguel Ward has a good photo, Russo has a photo, Mikel Zubi has a 1999 photo, ARLHS has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. The surrounding area is a nature preserve, the Área de Vida Silvestre Punta Medanosa, known for its colonies of Magellanic penguins. Located on a rocky point off the end of provincial route 85 about 35 miles south of Puerto Deseado. Accessible by 4WD (local guidance recommended). Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-054; Admiralty G1154; NGA 19948.
Faro de la Isla Pingüino
Isla Pingüino Light, April 2008
Panoramio photo copyright El Guanaco Volado
used by permission
Cabo Guardián
1928 (rebuilt 1975). Active; focal plane 48 m (157 ft); flash every 7.5 s, alternating red and white. 36 m (118 ft) square pyramidal steel tower with lantern and gallery; enclosed inside is the original skeletal tower. Entire lighthouse painted black. A closeup photo is available, Russo has a photo, ARLHS has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a prominent and steep headland about 160 km (100 mi) southwest of Puerto Deseado. There does not appear to be any road access to the site. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-027; Admiralty G1156; NGA 19952.
Campana (Punta Mercedes) (2)
1975 (station established 1928). Active; focal plane 50 m (164 ft); two flashes, white and then red, every 16 s. 26 m (85 ft) square pyramidal steel tower, painted black. 1-story keeper's quarters, abandoned. Ruins of the original skeletal tower lie next to the present tower. ARLHS has a closeup, Russo has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on Punta Mercedes, a remote headland about 175 km (110 mi) southwest of Puerto Deseado. There is no road access to the site. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-033; Admiralty G1158; NGA 19956.

Magallanes Department (Puerto San Julián Area) Lighthouses
Cabo Dañoso
1947. Active; focal plane 44 m (144 ft); four white flashes, separated by 5 s, every 45 s. 12 m (39 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, painted with red and white horizontal bands; lantern is red. A 2009 photo is available, and Bing has a good satellite view. Located on the point of the cape about 65 km (40 mi) northeast of Puerto San Julián. There does not appear to be any road access to the site. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-025; Admiralty G1160; NGA 19960.
* Cabo Curioso
1922. Active; focal plane 92 m (302 ft); three long (1.5 s) flashes, separated by 9 s, every 45 s. 23 m (75 ft) square pyramidal concrete skeletal tower with lantern and gallery, painted white with a broad black band in the center; lantern is black. 1-story enclosed workroom in the base of the tower. A photo is at right, Christian Legare has a 2011 closeup photo, a second closeup is available, and Google has a good satellite view. This unusual and historic lighthouse is located about 20 km (13 mi) northeast of Puerto San Julián, marking the entrance to the harbor of the city. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-024; Admiralty G1162; NGA 19964.
* #Justicia Alta (Puerto San Julián Fourth Range Rear) (1)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 33 m (108 ft); white or red light, depending on direction, 2.5 s on, 2.5 s off. This was a 21 m (69 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower, mounted on four concrete piles. The tower has been replaced by a triangular skeletal mast. Google has a street view, and Bing has a satellite view. This range guides vessels approaching Puerto San Julián through a winding estuary, the Bahía San Julián. Located on the west side of the San Julián estuary on the south side of Puerto San Julián. Site status unknown, but it must be possible to view the tower (if it still stands) from nearby. Admiralty G1178.1; NGA 19996.
* Caldera Alta (Puerto San Julián Fifth Range Rear) (2)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 33 m (108 ft); red flash every 3 s. Approx. 16 m (52 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower. Lighthouse painted black. At the top, the tower carries a slatted daymark painted yellow. A 2011 photo is available, and the shadow of the tower is seen in a Google satellite view. A 2007 photo shows a different tower (or perhaps the original tower was truncated). This range guides vessels departing Puerto San Julián. Located on a hillside east of the Bahía San Julián, about 7 km (4 mi) northeast of Puerto San Julián. Accessible by 4WD. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty G1184.1; NGA 20004.
Faro Cabo Curioso
Cabo Curioso Light, April 2012
Flickr photo copyright fitob1; used by permission

Corpen Aike Department (Puerto Santa Cruz Area) Lighthouses
Cabo San Francisco de Paula
1917. Active; focal plane 86 m (282 ft); two white flashes, separated by 6 s, every 15 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) octagonal cylindrical skeletal tower with lantern and gallery; there is a small square equipment room enclosed within the base of the tower. Entire lighthouse painted black. A closeup is available, ARLHS has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the "cape," a barely noticeable bend in the coastline about halfway between Puerto San Julián and Puerto Santa Cruz. There is a road to the light, but the site is quite remote. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-060; Admiralty G1196; NGA 20016.
Puerto Santa Cruz Canal Sur Range Front
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 17 m (56 ft); quick-flashing white light. 8.5 m (28 ft) round barbell-shaped fiberglass tower colored with black and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on the north side of the entrance to the Río Santa Cruz. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty G1208; NGA 20032.
Puerto Santa Cruz Canal Sur Range Rear
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 35 m (115 ft); white flash every 3 s. 30 m (98 ft) square skeletal tower. No photo available, but Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located 2.12 km (1.3 mi) north of the front light. Site status unknown. Admiralty G1208.1; NGA 20036.
Puerto Santa Cruz Entrada Baja (Entrance Range Front)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 34 m (112 ft); quick-flashing white light. 26 m (85 ft) square skeletal tower, painted with red and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on the south side of the entrance to the Río Santa Cruz. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty G1210; NGA 20024.
Santa Cruz
1923. Active; focal plane 157 m (515 ft); four white flashes, separated by 5 s, every 60 s. 12 m (39 ft) slender round cylindrical metal (cast iron?) tower with lantern and gallery, rising from the center of a small workroom. Lighthouse painted with black and white horizontal bands. Guy wires steady the tower. ARLHS has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located about 20 km (13 mi) southeast of Puerto Santa Cruz, on the south side of the entrance to the Río Santa Cruz. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-066; Admiralty G1210.1; NGA 20020.

Güer Aike Department Lighthouses
Río Coig
1948. Active; focal plane 78 m (256 ft); two long (1.1 s) white flashes every 25 s. 11 m (36 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, painted with red and white horizontal bands; lantern is red. Sibling of Faro Cabo Dañoso. A photo by Pipo Lopez is at right, a 2009 photo is available, ARLHS has a photo, and Google has a distant satellite view. Located on the north side of the entrance to the Río Coig, east of Puerto Coig and about 175 km (110 mi) north of Río Gallegos. There does not appear to be any road access to the site. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-035; Admiralty G1222; NGA 20068.
* Cabo Buen Tiempo (Cape Fairweather)
1917. Active; focal plane 113 m (371 ft); four long (1.5 s) white flashes, separated by 5 s, every 45 s. 9 m (29 ft) octagonal cylindrical skeletal tower with lantern and gallery; there is a small square equipment room enclosed within the base of the tower. Entire lighthouse painted black. A 2009 photo is available, ARLHS has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. This light has the same design as the Cabo San Francisco de Paula Light (see above). Located on the cape at the end of provincial route 55 on the north side of the entrance to the Río Gallegos. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-022; Admiralty G1226; NGA 20072.
Isla Deseada (Río Gallegos Entrance Range Front?)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 9 m (30 ft); light characteristic unknown. Approx. 9 m (30 ft) square tower, presumably on a platform supported by piles. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located just off the south side of Isla Deseada, a small island in the mouth of the Río Gallegos. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty G1236.
Viento (Río Gallegos Entrance Range Rear?)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane and light characteristic unknown. Approx. 15 m (49 ft) square skeletal tower. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located atop a steep bluff on the north side of the estuary about 8 km (5 mi) west of the Isla Deseada light. Site status unknown. Admiralty G1235.8.
Rivera (Río Gallegos East Range Rear)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane and light characteristic unknown. Approx. 25 m (82 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. The range guides vessels departing Río Gallegos. Located on the north side of the estuary about 8 km (5 mi) west of the mouth. Site status unknown. Admiralty G1243.1.
Faro Río Coig
Río Coig Light, Puerto Coig, February 2011
Panoramio photo copyright Pipo Lopez; used by permission
* Reducción (Río Gallegos West Range Front)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 11 m (36 ft); light characteristic unknown. Approx. 9 m (30 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower painted black. Richard Barrio has a photo, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. The capital of Santa Cruz Province, Río Gallegos has a population of about 100,000. The range guides vessels arriving in Río Gallegos. Located on the city's waterfront just west of the piers. Site appears open, tower closed. Admiralty G1242.
* Güer Aike (Río Gallegos West Range Rear)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 30 m (98 ft); light characteristic unknown. Approx. 25 m (82 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower painted black. Ariel Appiolaza has a closeup photo, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located on the Avenida Ramón Carrillo about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) west of the front light. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty G1242.1.
Petroleo (Puerto Gallegos Second Range Rear)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane and light characteristic unknown. Approx. 22 m (72 ft) skeletal tower carrying a slatted daymark. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. The front light has not been located (it is not at the position given by the Admiralty). Located on heights about 1.2 km (3/4 mi) south southwest of Punta Loyola. Site status unknown. Admiralty G1231.1.
Punta Loyola Range Front
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 16 m (52 ft); light characteristic unknown. Approx. 10 m (33 ft) square skeletal tower. A photo is available, and Bing has a satellite view. This range guides eastbound (departing) vessels. Located at Punta Loyola, a promontory on the south side of the entrance to the estuary and the location of a terminal shipping iron ore. Site status unknown. Admiralty G1246.
Punta Loyola Range Rear
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 30 m (98 ft); light characteristic unknown. Approx. 22 m (72 ft) square skeletal tower. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on the east side of Punta Loyola. Site status unknown. Admiralty G1246.1.
Pozos (Puerto Gallegos First Range Rear)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane and light characteristic unknown. Approx. 15 m (49 ft) skeletal tower carrying a red and white daymark. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. The front light is on a much shorter tower. Located on heights about 5 km (3 mi) south of Punta Loyola. Site status unknown. Admiralty G1230.1.
* Cabo Vírgenes
1904. Active; focal plane 69.5 m (228 ft); white flash every 5 s. 26 m (85 ft) hexagonal pyramidal skeletal tower with central cylinder, lantern and gallery; Fresnel lens in use. Lighthouse painted with black and white horizontal bands. Paul Cookson's photo is at the top of this page, Felicitas Molina has a good photo, a 2013 photo and a 2010 photo are available, and Google has a good satellite view. This historic lighthouse marks the eastern entrance to the Strait of Magellan, along with the Chilean lighthouse at Punta Dungeness (see the Southern Chile page) about 10 km (6 mi) to the southwest. This is an active naval station. Nearby is a penguin sanctuary with a visitor center. As of 2004, the lighthouse was in rather poor condition and there was concern about its preservation. However, it appears in recent photos that the lighthouse has been refurbished and repainted. Located at the end of provincial route 1 about 80 miles (unpaved) south of Río Gallegos. Site status uncertain, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-032; Admiralty G1260; NGA 20152.

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