Cape San Pablo Lighthouse

The Cape San Pablo Lighthouse is located 50 km south-east of the city of Río Grande
The Cape San Pablo Lighthouse is located 50 km south-east of the city of Río Grande

The Cape San Pablo lighthouse – Faro Cabo San Pablo, is an lighthouse located on Cape San Pablo (Department of Rio Grande), in the Tierra del Fuego Province in Argentina.

The first lighthouse was put into service on March 15, 1945, 80 km southeast of the city of Rio Grande, on the eastern part of the Big Island of Tierra del Fuego. On December 17, 1949, an earthquake caused the dangerous tilting of the small quadrangular tower 6 m high supporting a cylindrical lantern. The optical equipment was removed to be reassembled on a new structure.

The second lighthouse was not put back into service until 1966, close to the first. It is automatic and runs on solar energy supplied by photovoltaic solar panels.
Currently the lighthouse is a yellow truncated pyramid tower 6 meters high, with a black triangle with its vertex down. It also has a platform at the top to house the light lantern powered by photovoltaic solar energy, which gives it an optical range of 12.5 nautical miles.
Access : Coordinates: -54.285811, -66.697176 / The Cabo San Pablo lighthouse is located 50 km southeast of the city of Rio Grande, in the department of Rio Grande, in the province of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and South Atlantic Islands (Argentina)
/ Access is to the east of national road 3 and by a winding road of 30 km and several estancias.

Highlights :

  •  The interpretive trail in Cabo San Pablo : The interpretive path takes the visitor to a viewpoint with 360? panoramic views where you can see the San Pablo bay and the Desdemona shipwreck.
  •  Located at the mouth of the Ladrillero and San Pablo rivers, and sheltered by cliffs, this site enhances the beauty of the Patagonian coast.
    From the viewpoint you can see a panoramic view of the San Pablo bay and the rusted hull of the Desdemona ship, which has been run aground on the coast since 1983.

Activities : organized tours – sightseeing / photo opportunities / trekking- walking around it on the picturesque banks of Tierra del Fuego / Adventuring

Go next : Rio Grande is an Argentinian city on the northeastern part of the large island of Tierra del Fuego / Ushuaia is the largest city in Argentine Tierra del Fuego / El Desdemona, a ship stranded for almost 40 years


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