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The Welsh in Patagonia

by Tel50

Hi, we are visiting Puerto Madryn on a cruise ship in January. Being Welsh the only places we want to visit are Gaiman or Trelew. There is an excursion from the ship but it visits penguins as well and we just want to go to visit the Welsh. Any suggestions as to how we get there? Thanks

Re: The Welsh in Patagonia

by Tel50

Hi, thanks for the quick reply - have you been to Patagonia? I have wanted to go there for ages - some of my mother's family emigrated there. Thanks for the info and - greetings from Cardiff (not far away from you!)

Val

Re: The Welsh in Patagonia

by lynnehamman

There is a wonderful travel book called 'In Patagonia' by BRUCE CHATWIN.
It has never been out of print. He covers the Welsh migration and ancestory very well. It also has photographs. It is one of my favourite travel books.

Re: The Welsh in Patagonia

by Porteno

You might try this link as well which lists travel agents in Trelew. You might be able to find one that offers a day trip that would fit in with your schedule

http://www.welcomeargentina.com/trelew/touristservices.html

Suerte
SAM

Re: The Welsh in Patagonia

by Donna_in_India

Hi - we visited Gaiman - a really delightful place. Went to Casa Gales De Te - tea house - beautiful flowers & gardens, delicious tea and tea sandwiches. You might want to try www.cruisecritic.com (ports of call) where you should be able to find recommendations for transportation/personal drivers/guides. I think you can take a bus as well - it's just over an hour - but I don't have specific details. By the way, the penguins are really great so do try and see them on one of your stops!! Have a fantastic cruise!

Re: The Welsh in Patagonia

by ComandanteG

If your objective is visiting the Welsh steps into the Patagonia you should take the free tour from the Tousist Office in Madryn. You will be carried in this tour to the area in Madryn were the first Welsh settled. They lived in caves there. I went to Gainman in a tour but was not advised of that caves.

You should also consider if you should stay at least one night there. While most people keep confortable to have a couple of hours there, it seems that you would need more time.

If you like also the eco environment there, you should select the best time for your trip. I have been several times there and found diferent environments. For instance for the penguins is not the same if they are keeping their eggs or not. Or whales or not whales.

Travel Tips for Puerto Madryn

Gauchos at work, hard work

by Luchonda

Next to the touristic paths and attractions, the occasion to visit a local sheep farm and so, the real daily life is interesting aswell.
Only a few minutes stop because it was high season for the sheep farmers we saw some actions of local gauchos, as far as you can talk about local inhabitants, because the life of a gaucho is a life of freedom.

Walk With the Penguins

by msforbes

Punta Tomba (80 km south of Peurto Mardryn) has the largest colony of penguins outside of Antartica. There are multitudes of them, and it is an experience just to walk amongst these clowns waldling about thier daily business. They are very graceful in the water and in the winter they migrate as far north as Brazil.
I was there just as thier chicks were almost fully grown. The males and females take turns sitting on the eggs, or watching the young while the other goes out to sea in search of squid or anchovies. Penguins have no predators, thier biggest threat is marine polution. Mostly oil that gets on thier feathers and makes them unable to swim.

El Doradillo

by andal13

El Doradillo is a wild beach situated 14 Km North from Puerto Madryn; it is an excellent place to whale-watching, because the whales come really close to the coast. The afternoon that we visit this beach, more than 20 whales were there, and it was an amazing experience for the children (and the grown ups!)
Click the picture to enlarge and try to find the whale!

El Doradillo es una playa salvaje situada a 14 Km al norte de Puerto Madryn; es un sitio espectacular para hacer el avistaje de las ballenas, porque éstas se acercan mucho a la costa, realmente. La tarde en que visitamos la playa, más de 20 ballenas se encontraban allí, lo que constituyó una experiencia impresionante para los chicos (¡y para los grandes!)
Hagan clic sobre la foto para ampliarla, ¡y traten de encontrar la ballena!

Sea Elephants

by Maggies

Sea Elephants are the largest seals in the world. Males have 4-6 meters and weight up to 4000 kilos, they are also easily distinguished by their large trunk-like nose, which is about 40 cm long. They have 40-females harems. When they are in the beach, they don't eat anything, so they spend a lot fo energy every time they move.
Females feed the pups for about a month - not eating anything at this time.

September in Punta Tombo

by andal13

In September, the male penguins arrive in Punta Tombo, after a six month sea season, where they feed (penguins are excellent swimmers); they build a nest or occupy the same nest they had the year before, and condition it. Later, the females come (penguins generally are monogamous); there is cortége and copulation. In October, the females lay two eggs inside the nest, and both members of the couple incubate them for 40 days. The little penguins are born with grey feathers, and change them ten weeks after, but the characteristic black and white plumage appears when they are one yeaar old.

En septiembre los pingüinos machos llegan luego de vivir seis meses en el mar, en donde se alimentan (son excelentes nadadores); construyen un nido u ocupan el mismo del año anterior, y lo reacondicionan. Más tarde llegan las hembras (en general son monógamos); se produce el cortejo y la cópula. En octubre, las hembras ponen dos huevos en el nido, y ambos integrantes de la pareja los incuban durante 40 días. Los pichones nacen con un plumaje gris, que cambian a las 10 semanas; recién al año adquieren el característico plumaje blanco y negro.

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