El retorno travellers' hostel

Mitre 798, Puerto Madryn, Argentina
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Forum Posts

Car Rental to Punta Tombo

by onthegogal


There are 5 of us wanting to pre-arrange for a rental car (no guide) to go to Punta Tombo in January. We'll be docked from 7 am to 6 pm on Thursday, January 6, 2011. Any idea of the cost? Recommendations or suggestions for a company near the pier would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much!

Re: Car Rental to Punta Tombo

by TexasDave

You could email a few from this list:


We rented a car from a small local firm in Pto. Madryn who met us at the bus station and picked up the car again when we got to the airport, they spoke English, and we had no problems. I'll try to find their business card. If you want the info send me a VT mail. I don't remember the exact cost but it wasn't exorbitant.

Re: Car Rental to Punta Tombo

by onthegogal

Thank you so much for responding!

Wild Skies will meet us at the pier with a car for 400 km included/insurance for US$110. Other companies can do it for less but only give us 200 km and we'd have to go to their office.

Can't wait to see those penguins!

Travel Tips for Puerto Madryn

Puerto Madryn

by TinyTuck

Puerto Madryn is the little town outside of the Península Valdés nature reserve, and that's probably where you will be staying.
It's a pleasant little sea town with a choice of accomodations, restaurants, souvenir shops (I personally thought they had wunderful souvenirs - everything with animals!), large supermarkets... It's ok to stay here for 2-3 days.

Sunglasses needed

by Boxerworld

It's windy so be careful with the sun during the summer: you can get sunburnt easily without realizing it. You need a camera with a long zoom if you want to take great photos of the penguins, elephant seals etc. A wide angle converter is helpful for landscape photos. Same for a polarizer and a UV filter. The light is too bright and it can hurt your eyes badly, so don't forget your sunglasses. I traveled in many places and it was the first time I had to buy sunglasses because of the strong light. If you wear lens, it would be better not to use them because of the wind and the sand.


by msocolin

The Ecocentro opened its doors in 2000. Its located at the edge of a cliff, looking at the sea. The Ecocentro is a "museum" dedicated to showing the fauna of Peninsula Valdes. It's a great place to learn about the local fauna, its habits, etc. There are also auditoriums where you can hear dissertations on different topics.


by Orkaena

The whole Peninsula Valdes is a huge Natural Reservation, and if you want to get a complete idea about it you'll need three or four days wandering in there, so, to be surprised by the guanacos (a camel cousin) armadillos, seal colonies, sea Lions colonies, seagulls, albatros, right whales, orkas, dolphins, penguins, etc..
The boundless impression is strong, those plain steppes and the blue horizon are feelings that you'll never forget.
Of course you'll pay a fee (cheap indeed) and you can get reservations in some of the hotels or estancias of the Peninsula. But do it with enough time in advance, there aren't too many accomodations facilities here.

Pinguinera de Caleta Valdes

by Maggies

There is a pinguins' colony on Caleta Valdes but it's nothing comparing to Punta Tombo. Sure it's a great stop along Peninsula Valdes circuit and the view is beautiful but there are not that many pinguins and you can't get close to them unless they come up the dune close to you.


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