San Eduardo del Mar is a very small coastal town between Miramar and Mar del Plata in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It’s very easy to reach from either city by route #11. Once there the town is just a group of houses and you will see a very small dirt road that leads to the beach. The cliffs at the beach of San Eduardo are the interesting thing.
The cliffs of San Eduardo are made of soft sandstone and have many, many fossils. The fossils are the rests of sea mammals, fish and crustacea that were fossilized into the sandstone when the area was covered by the sea. The cliffs are about 20 meters high and there are many crossing patterns from the beach to the road.
Exploring the fossils embedded in the sandstone leads to many photographic opportunities, the sandstone has a rich reddish colour and the fossils are white producing a very interesting contrast. Most of the fossils are in excellent shape with plenty of details, you can recognize many of them as jaws or whale bones. I’m not a paleontologist but I think some of these bones have very curious sharp marks, maybe signs of a bite by a predator like a shark or an Orca?
This is a panoramic view of the cliffs, several images were taken in vertical format and then stitched together to make a wide panorama. The complete field of view exceeds 180 degrees. It’s easy to see the bones as white patches in the red sandstone. It’s fun to go fossil hunting in the full resolution photo.
The beach at San Eduardo is almost featureless with small rocks and pebbles that can be used as foreground elements in landscapes. It’s a wonderful area to photograph at sunrise when the rising sun light hits the cliffs turning the already reddish sandstone into a martian landscape. The beach is quiet, almost empty during most of the year, you can walk for miles and miles without finding a soul while examining the rocks, the fossils and the beautiful landscape. A very nice place for a short visit if you are in the area.