Located in the northeast of the Argentine province of Santa Cruz, on the San Jorge Gulf by the Atlantic Ocean, Caleta Olivia is a vibrant city with a rich history and a diverse economy. Founded in 1901 by Navy Lieutenant Exequiel Guttero, the city was named after his wife Olivia, and has since grown to become one of the most important cities in the province. With a population of over 70,000 people, it is the most populated city of the Deseado Department and the second most important city of the province after Rio Gallegos. The main economic activities around the city are petroleum, sheep and fishing, and its port serves both as a fishing center and as an export point for locally produced goods.
One of the most iconic landmarks of the city is the monument of El Gorosito, built to honor a petroleum industry worker. But Caleta Olivia has much more to offer than just its industry. Visitors can enjoy the city’s beautiful beaches during the summer months, where different water and sand sports are practiced.
The city has a cold semi-arid climate, with warm summers and cold winters. Despite the sparse precipitation, averaging 200.7 mm (8 in) a year, the ocean regulates the city’s temperatures, making it possible to enjoy outdoor activities year-round.
In 2014, the city faced water supply problems, which caused some inconvenience to its residents, but the issue has since been resolved.
For those interested in exploring the city, WelcomeArgentina offers a general and touristic overview of Caleta Olivia. Municipal Affairs Federal Institute (IFAM), Municipal Affairs Secretariat, Ministry of Interior, Argentina also provides municipal information about the city. Whether you’re interested in the city’s industry, outdoor activities, or rich history, Caleta Olivia is a must-visit destination in Argentina.