Estancia La Serena
the Andes Mountains feet
and the Buenos Aires lake shore,
you will find a place to feel
the nature at its best expression.
Welcome to La Serena Patagonia Farm.
La Serena", a tourist farm conformed in the immense lago Buenos Aires frame, the second biggest lake in South America, and the nature that distinguish the Argentine Patagonia.
It’s the front door to the very well known "Patagonia Sur", where lakes, rivers, plateaus, mountains, culture and history get together.
Located in the province of Santa Cruz, on 43 road at 15 minutes from the city of Perito Moreno on the way to "Los Antiguos".
It has the plateau enchantments as its background, and the pleasure of discovering every corner, reaching the endless volcanic stones beach, which gets confused in the horizon with the turquoise color of the lake and the snowed picks of “Cordillera de Los Andes".
"La Serena" is the starting point of different excursions, such as: the visit to the "Cuevas de las Manos", running over the way to "Monte Zeballos", route 40, "Los Antiguos", and the obliged visit around the fine fruits farms, until you cross the argentine frontier and confine in the neighbor country of Chile. To many people, the beginning of an adventured trip.
Its beauty enchantment allows the development of different activities: horse riding, trekking, fauna watching, mountain bike, photography, meditation, and the fishing of the very famous 4 kg trouts.
The ranch Estancia La Serena possesses the privilege of having inside its 1500 hectares, approximately 4 km of the lake Buenos Aires coast and the most impressive sights.
In this environment, the proyect was started by an European family lover of the nature and the sceneries of the South Patagonia. Being pioneers in tourism in ranchs, they constructed cabins with an ambience protected by curtains of poplars and trees of the zone. At that time, the only tourist ranch of the zone and an innovation in the Province of Santa Cruz.
A long the years they could provide an ambience protected from the winds, plantations of diverse fruit trees and an organic kitchen-garden; all this furrowed by irrigation channels making of this corner a green and productive place.
The rest of the extension of the ranch was preserved so you can find the native vegetation in its typically rural expression. At the present time, five women lovers of the Patagonia, re-open La Serena supporting the idea of continuing with the agro - tourist project initiated more than one decade ago.
After an intensive work of recovery and progress, in January, 2004 La Serena opened again its gates for the tourism in ranch receiving with great warmth the tourists lovers of the nature and of this beautiful corner of Planet.
1. Lake Buenos Aires - Carreras: Visit to Los Antiguos , looking at the farms and their production of fine fruits. Then crossing to Chile and having lunch in Chile Chico.
2. Camino del Monte Zeballos. A way to penetrate into the Precordillera Argentina. Going out of LA SERENA towards the Mountain chain of The Andes, from Los Antiguos, it begins a way to the South that will border the Monte Zeballos crossing scenery of forms, colors and unforgettable purity. This way can be continued up to the Paso Roballos and after the Lagos Posadas and Pueyrredon. This jaunt demands one day up to the Lake taking the necessary time to enjoy the scenery, to shoot photos and to do the desired pauses.
3. Jaunt to Cueva de las Manos: this jaunt can be done by Monte Zeballos or by Route 40 to Bajo Caracoles. These rock paintings placed in the incredible scenery of the Cañadón of the Rio Pinturas, represent hands painted in negative, hunting scenes and geometric drawings, among others.
4. Jaunt to Cueva de las Manos by Estancia Los Toldos: another way of acceding to the Cueva de las Manos is by the Ea. Los Toldos. This means coming to the Cañadón of the Rio Pinturas by the opposite margin of the Cueva de las Manos. From there a walk begins descending to the valley of the river and after crossing the river you ascend the other margin to accede to the Caves.
5. FAUNA WATCHING:
For the lovers of the fauna it is possible to go out for a walk or horse ridding in La Serena to find many possibilities of bird watching and others. Principally a nearby lagoon at which every year dozens of flamencos arrive painting it with a dazzling pink color.
The Buenos Aires lake presents very good conditions for fishing, having been obtained pieces of 2.5 and 8 kg. Apart of the majestic lake with its crystalline waters, it possesses a variety of places for fishing such as the "Arroyo las Chilcas" and the rivers Los Antiguos and Jeinimeni (international limit).
The species feasible of finding in this area are the Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Puyen, Perca, Salmones del Pacifico, Pejerrey Patagónico and Bagre Aterciopelado.
On October 29 of every year, the discovery of the lake by the Captain of Frigate Carlos M. Moyano is celebrated, and a series of activities are held including the contest of fishing sports.
7. HORSE RIDING:
Horse ridding to the Plateau of the Lake Buenos Aires: From La Serena we move in van up to the base of the plateau. There, as soon as the horses are prepared we will ascend accompanied by a guide up to the Plateau of the Lake Buenos Aires. From there you will have a sight of the majestic Lake and the singularity of the plateau
Cuevas de Manos
These paintings that survived more than 10.000 years, on rocky walls, have the biggest protection on having been declared by the UNESCO Cultural heritage of the Humanity.
For the UNESCO this place personifies " the proof of the most ancient expression of the South American peoples ". It is located in the cañadón of the Rio Pinturas, 163 km to the south of Perito Moreno. It was occupied by groups of hunters from ends of the eighth millennium before Jesus Christ, that is to say from the early Holocene.
His pictorial manifestations, the geographical ambience that surrounds it and the archaeological deposits located in his surroundings, turn it into one of the more important places of rock paintings of the patagonia.
The biggest congregation of paintings are in the cave that has 24 m of depth, 15 m of breadth in the entry and 10 m of height around until the beginning of the visor. His flat presents a strong ascending slope towards the interior, where the height of the roof doesn't raise the 2 m.The eaves are formed by protrusions that protect the paintings from the wind and the Sun.
The "paredones", base of the rocky stack of the river "Pinturas", are practically vertical, having been used up to a height that ranges between 3 and 4 meters. It has three cultural levels, it is believed that they include from 7.370 B.C. to 1.000 of our age. Though this appreciation is relative, since the achievement of the paintings could have taken place in a brief space, in synchronous form or much distanced in the time.