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.
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.
We spent three days at Puero Madryn, but they were full of activities, so we had not time enough to know the city; nevertheless, it looks like a very attractive place, situated at a beautiful gulf.
Estuvimos tres días en Puerto Madryn, pero estaban tan llenos de actividades que no tuvimos tiempo suficiente para conocer la ciudad; sin embargo, parece ser un lugar muy atractivo, situado sobre un hermoso golfo.
Fondest memory: We were arriving in Puerto Madryn on the bus, after a 27 hours ride, when we met the seaside: over there, at the sea, we began to "discover" the amazing whales!!!!
Estábamos llegando a Puerto Madryn en el bus, luego de un viaje de 27 horas, cuando nos enfrentamos con la costa: allá a lo lejos, en el mar, comenzamos a "descubrir" las ballenas!!!
Favorite thing: Purto Madryn is great introduction to the vast plateaus of Patagonia. Patagonia is a very isolated and lonely place where the beauty relies in the solitude of its nature. If you are interested in topic of Patagonia, Bruce Chatwin's "In Patagonia" is one of the best books written on the subject, full of random little episodes.