The people of Santa Cruz say that Comandante Luis Piedrabuena is an oasis in Patagonia. An oasis that has 5000 inhabitants and stands on the great estuary formed by the rivers Santa Cruz and Chico at the foot of a large plateau.
Santa Cruz River is a paradise for fishermen. Is that this is the only place in Argentina where "steelhead" trout specimen are fished, which can weigh up to nine kilos. This species lives in rivers in Alaska, the United States and Russia, but are smaller.
Steelhead trout have a particularity: fattening at sea, spawn in the Santa Cruz River and then travel about 380 kilometers into the lake Argentino, near the town of El Calafate. To preserve the species is allowed only fly fishing with 'spinning', which is a modality that uses a single hook spoon.
Comandante Luis Piedra was founded on December 1, 1878, but the first inhabitants settled on the island Pavon nearby. Located 154 kilometers north of Río Gallegos, on National Route 3.
Santa Cruz River, of 500 meters wide, is ideal for water skiing, sailing and kayaking.
A good walk is to visit the house where the Comandante Luis Piedra lived, who is now a museum, and to eat the Patagonian lamb made to stick.
The island has a lodge, cottages and plots with a stove to install tents and mobile homes. It also has a modern hatchery dedicated to raising "rainbow" trouts.