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).

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
Official SHN lighthouse site, with data and small photos.
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 posted by Alexander Trabas.
Faros Argentina
Photos posted on Flickr.com by Carlos María Silvano.
World of Lighthouses - Argentina
Photos 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 available from Wikimedia.
Argentina
Historic photos and postcards posted by Michel Forand.


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 Valdes 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 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 second 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 Valdes 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, another photo shows the lighthouse in silhouette, Trabas has Salvino's distant view, 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 Valdes 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. 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 Valdes 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 Valdes, 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 brown with a red and white slatted daymark. Lantern removed. 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 Valdes, 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.
* 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 Salvino'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, ARLHS has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Public protests saved this lighthouse in 1990, when the Navy announced it would remove this 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 de Puerto Madryn
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 25 m (82 ft); white flash every 3 s. 13 m (43 ft) octagonal tower attached to a 1-story ecological center; the light is perched atop the pyramidal roof of the tower. The building is white. A photo and a closeup are available, 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. Admiralty G1065; NGA 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 Salvino'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 Salvino'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 Salvino's photos is at right, Trabas has another of Salvino's photos, Fabien Dany has a 2007 photo, a 2008 closeup is available, and Google has a satellite view. This lighthouse repalce 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 Salvino'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.

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. 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.
Faro Punta Ninfas
Punta Ninfas Light, Puerto Madryn, April 2011
Flickr photo copyright Carlos María Silvano; used by permission
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, another photo is available, 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) (2)
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, painted black with one yellow horizontal band. Google has a good satellite view. The original lighthouse was an octagonal cast iron skeletal tower with lantern and gallery. 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 distant view, 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.
Isla Leones
1917. Inactive since 1968. 12.5 m (41 ft) round cylindrical tower with lantern and gallery centered atop 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.

Escalante Department Lighthouses
Cabo Aristizábal (2)
1977 (station established 1917). Active; focal plane 46 m (151 ft); white flash every 5 s. 16 m (52 ft) square skeletal tower, painted black; there is a second skeletal tower inside, presumably to provide extra support. The upper half of the tower is at least partially enclosed by a slatted daymark painted with red and white chevrons. A 2008 photo is available, 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.
* 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 2008 photo is available, Néstor Galina has a sunset photo, Forand has a historic postcard view and a 1925 photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located about 13 km (8 mi) north of Comodoro Rivadavia, the southernmost city of Chubut. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ARG-006; Admiralty G1104; NGA 19792.
Faro de San Gregorio
Bahía San Gregorio Light, Camerones
Servicio de Hidrografía Naval photo

Santa Cruz Province Lighthouses

Deseado Department Lighthouses
* Olivia (2)
Date unknown (station established 1945). Active; focal plane 28 m (92 ft); white flash every 5 s. 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 good 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; Admiralty G1128; 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, and Google has a satellite view. The area surrounding the lighthouse is a nature reserve, the Reserva Natural 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, Forand has a historic postcard view, and Google has 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. 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. No photo available, but Google has 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 the shadow of the tower is seen in a Google 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.
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, Forand 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 Reserva Provincial Isla Pingüino, protecting a large colony of Magellanic penguins. 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, 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. 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. Entire lighthouse painted black. A closeup photo is available, Russo has a photo, ARLHS has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. In 1975 a second square pyramidal steel tower was built inside the original tower in order to strengthen the structure. 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)
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. Lantern removed? (More information is needed on this site, since the current tower has a modern appearance; it may not be the original). 1-story keeper's quarters, abandoned. ARLHS has a closeup, Russo has a photo, a 2008 photo is available, 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, Forand has a historic postcard view, 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) (?)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 33 m (108 ft); white or red light, depending on direction, 2.5 s on, 2.5 s off. 21 m (69 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower, mounted on four concrete piles. At the top, the tower carries a slatted daymark painted yellow with a black triangle, point down. A 2008 photo is available, but Bing's satellite view seems to show only the four foundation pads of the tower. 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)
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 with a black triangle, point down. A 2007 photo is available, and the shadow of the tower is seen in a Google satellite view. 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, 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 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. 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, 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.
Faro Río Coig
Río Coig Light, Puerto Coig, February 2011
Panoramio photo copyright Pipo Lopez; used by permission
* 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 2007 photo is available, Forand has a 1926 postcard view of the station, 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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Posted December 2003. Checked and revised May 15, 2014. Lighthouses: 42. Site copyright 2014 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.