Located in the south-west tip of Santa Cruz province, 173 miles away from Río Gallegos along Provincial Route N°253 and National Route N°40, we find the little bordering town of Rio Turbio. With barely 8.000 inhabitants, it is the third most populated city in the Province and a mining center covered with coal and soot.
On the way to Rio Turbio, travelers will be able to appreciate the distinctive Patagonian landscape: a tabular plateau covered with transverse rivers, which are not very mighty and generally flow from west to east.
In addition, along the road, one comes across the singular railway used by the "Trochita" Train, which is historically known for its services to the local mining industry.
Rio Turbio is an attractive alternative for those who decide to go from El Calafate to Chile to visit Torres del Paine National Park. The city lies over slopes under which rest over 750 million tons of coal, the largest national reserve.
Nonetheless, during winter, the mining town gives way to an outstanding winter sports center, providing everything ski fans and snow lovers may need.
The city is 9km away from the border with Chile. The weather is typically Andean: cold with accentuated snow falls during winter and snow accumulations of 0.50m.
During the winter, tourists can enjoy the ski runs of "Mina 1", which offers equipment rental, cafés and lighting in all the runs.
In the summer, travelers can go fishing to the nearby rivers and lagoons, such as the "Siete Saltos" cascade close to "San José" dam, "Primavera" valley, the vantage points and "Puente de Piedra" (Stone Bridge).
January 25: International Folklore Festival.
First Weekend in August: Provincial Snow Festival.
December 4: National Coal Festival; Saint Barbara's Day and Miner's Day.
December 14: Rio Turbio's Anniversary.