Monte León National Park

Monte León National Park Cost area

Location: It is situated in the southeast side of Santa Cruz, over the National Route Nº 3, 210 kilometres far from the north side of Rio Gallegos.

Surface: The approximately surface of the area is 61.700 hectares.

Created: In 1996 was proposed the inclusion of Monte León to the Argentine National Park System. And on October 20 th in 2004 was sanctioned the law that creates the Park, turning it into the first continental marine park of our country.


Animals: cormoranes, gaviotines, pingüinos, lobos marinos de un pelo, ballena franca austral, guanacos, choiques, zorros y pumas.


Characteristics: The reason was that this area constitutes a representative sample of the patagonic coast in good state of conservation, with paleontological value places.

A 60.000 penguin's colony lives in PN Monte León (Monte León National Park). It is the fourth colony in the world. It is situated in the southeast side of Santa Cruz, over the National Route Nº 3, 210 kilometres far from the north side of Rio Gallegos. The approximately surface of the area is 61.700 hectares. The Administración de Parques Nacionales have incorporated this region as an equivalent area of the Argentino Sea, so that it is the first continental coast's national park.

Monte Leon belongs to Argentino Sea's and Patagonia Steppe's eco-regions. The last one represents the media and lower basins of the Atlantic's Slope. The climate is cold and dry, with wintered rains lower than 400 mm. There also strong winds from the West, dry summers and frosts during the whole year. Little trees, brushes and “xenophiles herbaceous” composed the vegetation.

Monte León National Park


Guanaco at Monte León National Park


Argentina National Parks

Santa Cruz Province


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