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The gravel road into Punta TomboThe gravel road into Punta Tombo

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Punta Tombo Admission Fees

by onthegogal

Does anyone know if they accept US dollars or credit cards?

Re: Punta Tombo Admission Fees

by cgf

USD will be ALWAYS very welcome, credit card a little bit less and most of the time with a surcharge. C/C commissions are quite high in South America so who uses C/C has to pay for them.

Re: Punta Tombo Admission Fees

by onthegogal

Thank you so much!

Re: Punta Tombo Admission Fees

by TexasDave

Sorry, not true. The above may be correct in large cities, but Punta Tombo is a very isolated outpost. The ranger station runs on s few solar panels. I'm pretty sure there is no telephone, just radio contact. Nowhere to change US $$. Change a few dollars at Pto. Madryn, if you have any pesos left over you can use them to put gas in the car before turning it in.
I don't remember how much they charge but it works out to be only a few dollars per person.

Re: Punta Tombo Admission Fees

by cgf

Actually many travel agents like having USD, sometime directly to their account in US Bank. Anyway you can use directly USD to buy stuff in a shop or supermarket all over in the Country.
I've been going to Argentina once or twice a years since 1998, I've never had problems, I still remember 1AR$ was equal at 1USD, after the experience of the "Coralito" people like having UDS because of inflation.
Of course I have some AR$ also right now here at home, I need once arrive to Ezeiza to make things easier with taxi or whatsoever, but it happened I arrived without one and no problem at all.
I can tell I did pay with USD also at Antonio de los Cobres, in the whole Country I never found anyone who did not want them. Of course I might had not the best exchange, a difference on a whole expense of few buck, sometime less then one, it does not make me poor and keep other happier. so...
Let's say also things change a lot for tourists, they know it will be the economic resource #1, I heard the road to Punta Tombo is paved, when I've been there I remember it wasn't and my back still remembers very well.
regards.

Re: Punta Tombo Admission Fees

by Donna_in_India

Admission is $10. USD accepted, no credit cards. Enjoy!!

Re: Punta Tombo Admission Fees

by TexasDave

The answer on Crusie Critic indicated the admission was $10, but I think they meant to say the US equivalent, not that they accepted US $$. Unless someone can definitively answer that from recent personal experience I wouldn't take the chance- it's an awfully long drive to not be allowed in just in case they won't accept US $$.

Re: Punta Tombo Admission Fees

by Donna_in_India

That was just from March and she indicated that it was USD. I was there too long ago to remember. It would seem likely though that since many people do arrive by cruise ship, knowing they're not going to exchange money, that they would accept USD. But you may be correct to say it's too far to go on a gamble.

Travel Tips for Puerto Madryn

WHEN RESPECT TO NATURE WINS

by Orkaena

When the Ecocentro building was finished was the time for the design of the entrance and surrounding area gardens.
One thinking stream was pushing for a nice green grass carpet with roses and all those decorative plants, so nice and so typically standard.
The opposite thinking stream among the designers team was the respect to the aboriginal vegetation discarding exotical plants, because the Ecocentro should represent the patagonic nature in his more pure meaning.
The last idea was the winner, and as you can see in the picture beside, the garden of the entrance is a piece of patagonic land with their aboriginal plants. Hard, dry, wild, and beautiful.
Chapeau for this people that built this gift for us. The Ecocentro gardens.

Defunct Correa

by andal13

The history (or the legend) tells that during a civil war, a woman called Deolinda Correa died at a desert zone because she had no food or water; her little baby, nevertheless, survived by breast-feeding (although its mother was dead). Along any Argentinian road, you will find little chapels dedicated to this woman, and the local custom is leaving there a bottle of water.

Cuenta la historia (o la leyenda) que durante una guerra civil una mujer llamada Deolinda Correa murió en una zona desértica de hambre y de sed; su bebé, sin embargo, sobrevivió amamantándose de su madre muerta. A lo largo de todas las rutas argentinas ustedes verán una minúsculas capillitas dedicadas a la Difunta Correa, y la costumbre local es dejar allí una botella con agua.

Caves at Punta Cuevas

by barryg23

The Welsh were the first to build permanent settlements in Patagonia, following their landing at Punta Cuevas in 1865.

For the first few months, however, life here was difficult and not quite the idyll they had believed it would be. Initially they lived in caves close to the sea, many of which can still be seen today. They are located behind the Museo de Punta Cuevas, about 3 km from Puerto Madryn. Close to the caves are monuments listing the names of the first settlers.

It's a nice walk along the coast road to reach this area, where you can also see the museum and the El Indio statue.

Penguin's home

by Luchonda

Punta Tombo is the most important Magellan Penguins colony within Patagonia. Half a million of them arrive at this place every year in order to breed.
The reservation was created in 1979.
The first penguins arrive in September and stay here up to mid March

ANCESTRAL ACTIVITY: SAILING

by Orkaena

One of the fave activities of Manu and I is the sailing, then we rented a short trip (no more than two hours because the strong wind) wandering close to the shore, just for fun and if it is possible for watching some of the various inhabitants of the southern seas. Fun, healthy and cheap, don't miss this ancestral pleasure.

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