Reserva Provincial Cabo Dos Bahías
Only 30 kilometers southeast of Camarones, the 12,000-strong Magellanic penguin colony Dos Bahías is smaller than Punta Tombo’s, but Dos Bahías’s open terrain makes it easier to appreciate the colony’s extent.
In addition to penguins, it boasts a southern sea lion colony on offshore Isla Moreno, though they’re hard to see without binoculars. Besides many of the same seabirds that frequent Punta Tombo, terrestrial wildlife includes armadillos, foxes, guanacos, and rheas.
Unlike Punta Tombo, it’s possible to camp at beaches en route to Dos Bahías and at the reserve itself, though there are no other services. There is no scheduled transportation either, though it’s possible to hire a car with driver in Camarones (try Hotel Viejo Torino). At the reserve’s entrance, provincial authorities collect a US$5 admission fee from adult foreigners, US$2.50 for Argentines.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Argentina, 3rd edition