Rio Grande / Big River is certainly not the right expression for that narrow river but in comparison with the other small rivers that you will normally see in Fireland / Tierra del Fuego the first settlers might have had the feeling that this is a mighty river.The river will spread also quite a lot shortly after it passed by that bridge, and it...more
The Misión Salesiana Museum is a bit outside of Rio Grande. There is still a school for agriculture there, 2 churches and an interesting museum about the native people, who died out some decades ago, shortly after the arrival of the early settlers. In the museum you will see also a lot of old machineries that were used in agriculture in Fireland /...more
Dont miss to take a look at the cemetery of Rio Grande, it looks so interesting in its old part with lots of rows of small "houses" for the dead bodies. And inside these houses, you will see all sorts of ornaments and decorations, children-toys, photographs and other things that you will hardly ever find in an european cemetery. You will see the...more
Islas Malvinas is the local name for the Falkland Islands and here in Fireland you will find in almost every village and town a monument for the soldiers, who were fighting for them . This is the one in Rio Grande, it is actually a series of monuments along the main road N3 and is also the wall of the local army barracks.When you take a look at any...more
This is the house of a pioneer and I found it accidentally, when searching for a petrol-station. The house dates back to the early years of the 20th century and was given as a heritage to the state of Argentina by the Menendez-family. Then it became the first Telephone-office in Rio Grande, but nowadays it is private property again.It is a good...more
Rio Grande - and I really expected a mighty river ! And then it is just such a narrow river, but at least it had an interesting old bridge, that you can still see below the new bridge for the cartrafic of today.Just imagine, that in the old days all of the trafic was going over that bridge, including thousands of sheep or cows, when they were taken...more
The Panamericana highway / N3 is the only way to get to Rio Grande ! "Highway" is certainly not the real expression for such a road, that is just wide enough for 2 oncoming trucks in the middle-part that is asphalted and there is mostly a hard shoulder as well, that is ment for parking.
Drivingtime from Ushuaia is around 2-3hours when you obey all the trafic-signs that wont allow you to drive faster than 80 km/h at most places and there are also a lot of places, where all of a sudden the surface is missing for a few meters without warning.
Carrefour is a well known supermarket-chain in France and the rest of europe and after 10 days in Ushuaia with just local food plus 22 days of cruising in Antarctica with quite a limited culinary display we were really glad to find a carrefour-market in Rio Grande.
What to buy: My favorite was fresh baguette and some french cheese, that we ate in the car, so we would not waste any time in a restaurant waiting for the waiter...
What to pay: b.t.w.the baguette was 1,28 SRG $ (= 0,40 euros), cheese, ham and fruits are also less expensive than in Europe.
This was for me the most touching grave in the main cemetery of Rio Grande : it is the grave for a young girl, who died in the age of 6 years and you will see a room filled with all sorts of toys, Tele-Tubbies looking out of the roof and when we came around December 10th, in the 2nd year after her death, there was even a fresh "merry Christmas" - stocking in the door...
This little girl is still "a part of the family" and in a certain way this might help the parents a lot more than to bury the body under the grass, like we do it in Austria and most places in Europe.
Guanakos are a smaller species of lamas and we saw quite a lot of them, while driving around in the area north of Tolhuin. At one side they are quite shy, but they might panic and run into your car, so you better watch out for them , while driving on the N3 and even more so in the side-roads.Another danger are the quite numerous cyclers and one of...more
The bridge over the Rio Grande dates back to 1920 and you are not allowed to walk over it ! In case that you want to do it anyway, take a look first for the many rusty or broken parts of the construction !It is a fascinating construction of steel and wood and it was the only way to get across the river for all cars and also for the cattle, that was...more
Estancia Viamonte is consisting only of a very few houses and it is actually nothing else than a large farm including several buildings for the family, the cattle and the employees, and all of the village is also totally fenced in and you have to open the gate before you can drive into this "village"...
Estancia Viamonte is directely on the N3 / the Panamerican Highway, at Km 2885, and it is also to be found in the VT-Database, while Tolhuin, the 3rd-largest city of Fireland is totally missing there.
I made a page about this little spot just in order to make someone happy, who thinks that it is more important to find pics and infos about even the smallest spots on earth, rather than to read about places, everybody knows already...
In my opinion both kinds of pages and locations will have enough place and fans here on VT !