Puerto Madryn Things to Do

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    Whale Watching - Peninsula Valdés

    by al2401 Updated Jan 14, 2015

    There is a small community on the Peninsula Valdés called Puerto Pirámides.From here you can join a boat to go whale watching. Southern Right Whales make the protected bay around Puerto Pirámides their home between June and December. Sightings are almost guaranteed. Even out of these months there is much to bee seen along the coast of Peninsula Valdés.

    The bay is quite shallow here so the low tide is a long way out. Tourists board the wale watching boat on dry land and then get towed out to sea!

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    Marine Fauna - Peninsula Valdés

    by al2401 Updated Jan 14, 2015

    South American Fur Seal - found from Peru to Cape Horn on the west coast to southern Brazil on the east coast. These seals are a different species to the Antarctic Fur Seal which is almost restricted to South Georgia Island.. They are a true seal as they have external ears.

    Elephant Seal - a leage, earless seal found mainly on South Georgia and Macquarie Islands although the colony on Peninsula Valdés is the fourth largest in the world. While considered as 'Least Concern' the population is still threatened by entanglement n marine debris, fishery accidents and collisions with boat propellors.

    Southern Right Whale - these are the whales with the recognisable patches of rough, calcified skin (callosities) on their heads. They are virtually indistinguisable from their northern cousins the North Atlantic and North Pacific Right Whales. They can be found throughout the Southern Ocean.

    Magellanic Penguin - is a South American penguin, breeding in coastal Argentina, Chile and the Falkland Islands, with some migrating to Brazil where they are occasionally seen as far north as Rio de Janeiro. Even though there are still many birds the species is classified as a threaten species because the breeding colonies are susceptible to contamination by oil spills which kill up to 40,000 birds (adults and chicks) each year

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    Land Fauna - Peninsula Valdés

    by al2401 Updated Jan 13, 2015

    Guanaco - this is the native ancestor of the domesticated LLama. It is to the arid, mountainous regions of South America being more numerous in the Patagonian regions of Argentina and Chile. The population is considered vulnerable.

    Mara - also known as the Patagonian Cavy. It looks like a large rabbit with long legs and is only found in Argentina. The mara especially likes the sandy, low shrub habitat on Peninsula Valdés.

    Burrowing Owl - different species of this small owl can be found throughout North and South America. In South America they are mainly found in Brazil and Patagonia. It lives in grasslands rather than the forest and has longer legs than other owls which enables it to sprint as well as fly.

    Lesser Rhea - is a large flightless bird and is found in the Altiplano and Patagonia. It is related to the emu and ostrich. The population is currently rated as near-threatened.

    Magellanic Penguin - is a South American penguin, breeding in coastal Argentina, Chile and the Falkland Islands, with some migrating to Brazil where they are occasionally seen as far north as Rio de Janeiro. Even though there are still many birds the species is classified as a threaten species because the breeding colonies are susceptible to contamination by oil spills which kill up to 40,000 birds (adults and chicks) each year

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    Peninsula Valdés

    by al2401 Updated Jan 13, 2015

    Península Valdés is located on the Atlantic coast of Argentina about halfway between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia. It is an important nature reserve around 3,625 km2 in size and was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. The only town on the peninsula is the small settlement of Puerto Pirámides from where you can take a whale watching trip. The nature reserve shares the land with a number of estancias, where sheep are raised.

    Most of the peninsula is barren Patagonian steppe with some salt lakes. They appear pink in colour and the largest is about 40 m below sea level - one of the lowest places on earth. The steppe provides a home for the Lesser Rhea, an ancestor of the LLama the Guanaco and Maras (also known as the Patagonian Cavy).

    The ocean supports a number of marine mammals like elephant seals, fur seals and sea lions. Southern Right Whales and Orcas are also found.

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    Elephant Seals from On High

    by fred98115 Written May 14, 2013

    We were proteced from ourselves at Punta Loma, the viewing area for elephant seals who return here annually to mate. We were safely high above them on a bluff which looked down on their protected cove. The marine elephants can grow to twenty feet in length and a weight of five tons. Normally docile around humans, they can move quickly when agitated and bite a human being in half with one chomp. Photographers, this requires a telephoto to get images. The viewing platform can be crowded and taking turns is necessary to get shots. Expect to have only a few minutes shooting if you are there with a tour group. Plan ahead. Make a lot of images quickly. Editing out the throwaways feels better than regretting not getting enough pictures.

    Bull Elephant Seal An Elephant Seal Returns to Land Elephant Seals on Beach Overview of the Cove Elephant Seals Return from the Sea
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    See Sheep Shearing Safely

    by fred98115 Written May 14, 2013

    Patagonia is not all lush grasslands, some of it is scrub desert. It takes a lot of scrub to raise one sheep, and this effects the economics of sheep raising. A sheep is sheared once a year and a profitable ranch will have 2,000 plus sheep. This makes for a huge ranch to be successful. Fortunately for the traveler, San Guillermo is a ranch near to Puerto Madryn where sheep shearing is practiced for the tourist. Photographers, shearing is under cover, so expect to use a high ISO. You will be seated in stands, so a telephoto is needed. I used a zoom lens that included wide angle for the overview and telephoto to get in tight. Avoid using a flash because the animals are already up tight. Use the time before shearing to make your camera settings.

    Tourist and soon to be sheared sheep Sheep Shearing Sheep Shearing Sheep Shearing Overview of shearing room
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    Cruisers first view of town from the ship

    by fred98115 Written May 14, 2013

    There are big cities and small towns, and then there are the places like Puerto Madryn that are in between. For those of us who access these town/cities from a ship, this tip is meant to give you an idea of what you face at the port. Expect to use transportation to reach the town. The good news is that your photographs from the port might be dramatic and enable images with the town to scale.

    Clouds over the Town Pier with Bus Going into Town Beach at the End of the Pier Pier and Buildings in Town View of Puerto Madryn from offshore
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    Punta Tombo

    by bpwarne Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    To the south of Trelew about 100km is the Punta Tombo nature reserve (Reserva Natural Punta Tombo). It is home to the largest colony of Magellanic Penguins in the world. Guanacos are also seen wandering the reserve. Open to the public September -April, costs approx.$4USD for entry, Ther is a very small cafe at the parking lot but do not count on it being open.
    As of March, 2009 almost all the road is paved but the last 20 minutes into the park and that section is an excellent gravel road.

    Penquins Everywhere!!
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    Sea Elephants at Peninsula Valdez National Park

    by WStat Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Puerto Madryn is a small, but modern town of 65000 in Argentinas Provincia Chubut, by the "Golfo Nuevo" on the eastcoast, about halfway between Maghellan-Strait and Rio de la Plata, 75 kms south of the famous wildlife sanctuary of Peninsula Valdez . It can be visited either by rented car (to be recommended ) or by tours, offered by several agencies in Pto Madryn.
    The wildlife of the Peninsula includes wild Nandus and Lamas, various rare birds, Kormorans and several colonies of Penguins, Sealions and hundreds of Sea-Elephants. Whales and Orcas can be watched nearly the whole year round.
    The best site to watch is "Faro Punta Delgada" on "Tierra de Elephantes" (Elephants land) on the southeastern tip of the Peninsula, about 85 kms east of Pto Madryn

    sea-elephants at Punta Delgada Punta Delgada Bay, Peninsula Valdez
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    Whale watching on Peninsula Valdes

    by barryg23 Updated Feb 21, 2009

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    Many people use Puerto Madryn as a base for exploring the surrounding and one of the biggest attractions in the area is whale watching on Peninsula Valdes.

    Between June and December the southern right whales use the warm waters around Peninsula Valdes as a breeding ground, making it one of the most accessible areas in the world to observe the whales.

    Buses leave every morning from Madryn's bus terminal for Puerto Piramides on the peninsula, from where the tours depart. Tours can be arranged in Madryn or in Puerto Piramides.

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    Caves at Punta Cuevas

    by barryg23 Updated Feb 21, 2009

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    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.

    Welsh Caves Monument to the Welsh settlers

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    El Indio

    by barryg23 Updated Feb 21, 2009

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    Near the site of the first Welsh landing in Patagonia, about 3km from Puerto Madryn, is El Indio statue, given by the Welsh to honour the natives whom helped them settle in Patagonia after the first landings. Relationships between the Welsh and the natives were very cordial, much better than between the natives and Spanish settlers.

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    Museo de Punta Cuevas

    by barryg23 Updated Feb 21, 2009

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    The Museo de Punta Cuevas is a small museum near the El Indio monument at Punta Cuevas, site of the first Welsh landings in Patagonia, located a few kilometres from Puerto Madryn.

    It tells the story of the first Welsh settlers, with the aid of photos and mementos on display. Exhibits are mostly in Welsh and Spanish, though there is an English leaflet and some of the exhibits have English translations. The Welsh/Argentinian flag which they hoped to use throughout the region where they settled (this was vetoed by the Argentinian government) is also on display.

    Ruth, being Welsh, very much enjoyed this museum, especially when the lady running it spoke to her in Welsh - though this didn't get us a discount! I think anyone with an interest in Welsh or Patagonian history will find the museum an interesting place to visit.

    Ruth in Museum

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    Walking paths to the beach

    by Luchonda Updated Oct 13, 2006

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    The Valdes Peninsula is a “geographical accident” resembling an island and attached to the continent by a narrow part which is only 35 Km. Once in the Peninsula, you will have the chance to tour its coasts populated by sea lions and sea elephants as well as a great assortment of birds.

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    Penguin's home

    by Luchonda Updated Oct 13, 2006

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    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

    Magellanic Penguin's Penguins Magellanic Penguins Hi over there !! (Picture by Fabienne)
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