Gallegos River

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Not to be confused with Gállego River.

The Gallegos River (Spanish: Río Gallegos) is a river in the Argentine province of Santa Cruz, on whose estuary lies Río Gallegos city, capital of the province.

The river is formed at the confluence of the Rubens and Penitentes rivers, and after traveling 180 kilometres (112 mi) it reaches the Atlantic Coast.

On its way east, after crossing a 200-kilometre (120 mi) wide glaciated canyon, it meets the tributaries Turbio, Cóndor, and Zurdo. In spite of this, the river's stream can be drastically reduced during the dry season.

The river, named after Blasco Gallegos, one of the pilots of Ferdinand Magellan's expedition of 1520, is popular for fly fishing for brown trout, principally by tourists.

Coordinates: 51°35′40″S 68°58′30″W / 51.59444°S 68.97500°W / -51.59444; -68.97500