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Makenke Marino Interjudictional Park: a jewel of Patagonia

Makenke Marine Interjudicial Park protects unique treasures from our sea. We invite you to know the diversity of species that it contains.

“Makenke” means “the new ones” in  Tehuelche language. And it's 50 kilometers from the coastal sea coast converted into a National Park on the Blue Route Corridor. For the guides of the Blue Route corridor, the importance is that, in the fifty kilometers coastal, Coastal Marine National Park protects among many species, a colony of elephants seals.

The coastal coastal coast of  Santa Cruz  in  Argentinian Patagonia  is an attractive region due to its nature. And for their stories of navigators, pirates and privateers from three centuries ago. In addition to the pioneers and immigrants who carved the soil with wool and oil production. The coast is drawn and blurred on one side of National Route 3 that integrates the Tourist Corridor of the Blue Route in San Julián. A must be missed on the road to the south, heading to Puerto Santa Cruz and a little before reaching the town of Comandante Piedra Buena.

Under Saint Julian's

There is a viewpoint that invites you to see something unique in America: El Gran Bajo de San Julián. It is an endorrheic depression (a low dead end) where if you access by natural roads that lead to the coal lagoon about 18 kilometers from the asphalt belt. Reaches the solid surface of salt marking the deepest record under sea level: 105 meters. For expert guides, if one wears a pendulum clock, the highest gravity force is recorded at that point, and the clock automatically advances 24 seconds per day, compared to the same but at sea level, for example, in Buenos Aires.

At a glance you can see the bass extending to the nearby horizon. But, in addition, this area has always aroused great geomorphological and paleontological interest. Because there are important quantities of macro and micro fossils here. This “pearl” is just one of the reasons that mark the importance of the region and that holds the Marino Coastal Makenke Interjurisdictional Park in Puerto San Julián.

Sea elephants

The protected area covers 71,271 hectares along with the Argentine Sea. There are colonies of sea lions with one hair and two hairs. But it is elephants that are new in the region. The truth is that Argentina since 1934 has been the pioneer in protected areas in Latin America and the santacruceno territory that sheltered most protected areas in the country.

Makenke National Park is technically “Interjurisdictional Park.” Because its management is joint between the National Parks Administration, the province of Santa Cruz and the municipality of Puerto San Julián. For the world view of the protection of natural areas, the sea is one of the least cared for resources. The “Makenke” National Park adds up in Santa Cruz along with “Isla Penguino” in Puerto Deseado and “Monte León” in Puerto Santa Cruz are part of the Argentine contribution to the global network of the Marine Program of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

But the colossal thing is that the wealth of the Argentine Sea is protected in its more than 1,180,800 hectares (1.18 percent of the total), taking into account another Chubutense coastal marine park. The area that covers the Argentine Sea is considered one of the relatively well preserved systems on the planet. Because he holds big fisheries. Among them, squid, shrimp, hake, pollock and sea bass so protected areas are compared to a “nursery”.

Marine fauna

It also preserves migratory routes of marine fauna. Includes Franca Austral whale, albatross, penguins. The protected coastal marine strip is the area where many species nest and breed. In the case of prawns, it fulfills its life cycle to go offshore when it grows where it is fish. Toninas overas, killer whales, the gatopardo (dining shark of other sharks) and, within the ecoregion representing the Argentine Sea, some 122 cartilaginous fish and about 400 species of bone fish are attributed to their biodiversity.

Those who choose the Tourist Corridor of the Blue Route, on RN 3, at the height of San Julián will remember the Makenke estancia, which belongs to the Costilla family. On its shores, populated by the colonies of elephants and sea lions in addition to the gray cormorant considered endangered, it stretches about 45 kilometers in a straight line south of Puerto San Julián, just to the “Lower San Julián”. From there and following another 35 kilometers parallel to the coast there are cliffs 140 meters high. Where the plateau is exhibited and rests on the sea.

Source: Turismo Santa Cruz

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