Natural Reserve Mar del Plata Port
It is a wetland which is located south of the port of Mar del Plata. It is located in the center of an area of great activity, both factory tour, such as the Port and Punta Mogotes Spa Complex, plus be in front of a residential area. This ecosystem is the relict of an ancient ecosystem of coastal wetlands that occupied more than 500 hectares. The most important exponents of fauna representing birds with over 150 species. In the coastal sector is wide variety of native flora species typical of medanoso system.
Address: Av Martínez de Hoz 1100
Sea Lion Wildlife Reserve
This Reserve protects the “Otaria Flavescens” Seal and it is considered unique as it only houses males (around 800 of them). A municipal decree declared this seal to be Marine Natural Monument of Mar del Plata as the species has a historical, esthetic and scientific value for the city. Location: Southern Breakwater (Escollera) of the Port.
Costanera Sur Paseo Promenade
This coastal segment includes the Tourist and Forestry Reserve along the 27kms it covers along Route 11 where we find beaches, escarpments, and sectors with trees. It is an ideal place to enjoy beaches, walks and nautical activities.
Peralta Ramos Woods
This is a Forestry reserve of over 400 hectares of coniferous and eucalyptus which includes a lovely residential area of beautiful chalets and tea houses.
Location: Mario Bravo Av. with Vergara St.
Sierra de los Padres
Located only 15kms from Mar del Plata; Take Luro Avenue out of the city continuing on Route 226, a double-lane freeway until you reach this paradise of a place.
De los Padres Lagoon Reserve
This is just 14kms from the city of Mar del Plata and has a total surface of 687 hectares including the lagoon and the land surrounding it.
There are three main zones for different uses: a) “intangible” area, part of the delta where bird colonies live. Access to the public is prohibited. b) Conservation area, the periphery to the “intangible” area. The only authorized activity here is the contemplation of nature and can only be accessed by pedestrians. c) area of intensive use where sports, recreational and contemplative activities take place.
Our Lady of Pilar Settlement of converted Indians (“Reduccion”)
This is a reconstruction of an old Jesuit Mission which was located in the area in the 18th Century. Location: Route 226 – Km 14
Our Lady of Lujan Grotto Observatory
This is located at the apex of the Sierra, amongst the huge rocks and offers a great panorama. It is reached driving along Argentina Avenue. The origin of it is attributed to an Italian couple who could not have children and in 1949 left an image of the Virgin inside the grotto and tied some pocket handkerchieves and/or shawls as way of a promise, begging that a child would come to them.
A few months later, the woman got pregnant and they returned to the grotto in order to thank the Virgin and continue knotting kerchieves in a long chain now reaching several kilometers.
Location: Route 226 – km 16,5 on the access to Sierra de los Padres – Padre L. Varetto Road, at top of Sierra de los Padres neighbourhood.
“El Paraiso” Zoo
Here we will find exotic, indigenous and domestic animals living in close reproductions of their natural habitats. There are also, botanical gardens, traditional and adventure children games and amusements and a recreational area. Guided visits; Opening Hours: Daily from 09.00hs to 19.30hs. Location: Route 226 – km16, access to Sierra de los Padres, Padre L. Varetto Road.
“Jose Hernandez” Municipal Museum
The building occupied by this museum, on the shores of the “de los Padres Lagoon” was where the oldest Estate in the region stood. Built in a U shape, it exhibits objects that put the visitor in contact with the history of the original American peoples.
Location: Route 226 – km14,5.