Puerto Madryn Things to Do

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    Elephant Seals from On High

    by fred98115 Written May 14, 2013
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    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.

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    See Sheep Shearing Safely

    by fred98115 Written May 14, 2013
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    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.

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    Cruisers first view of town from the ship

    by fred98115 Written May 14, 2013
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    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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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    Peninsula Valdes - Whale watching

    by Luchonda Updated Oct 4, 2006

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    Peninsula Valdes, gate to the Atlantic Ocean and famous for it's two "Golfos" where whales orcas and sea elephants are stranding as from juli till october for "reproduction" purposes
    Golfo San José and golfo Nuevo, different in water temperature are the playgrounds for those animals

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    Roads of Patagonia

    by Maggies Updated Sep 21, 2006

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    Road from Puerto Madryn to Trelew

    Driving in Patagonia is quite special. First of all there are not many paved roads. So, in order to get to many places you need to take gravel roads... not easy and quite tiring. The main roads are easy to drive as long as you have someone to entertain you. Otherwise it's easy to get sleepy as there are sometimes hundreds of kilometers with nothing but meadows on the way. There are not too many road signs so it's really helpful to know the language to ask the locals for directions. To see more have a look at Roads of Patagonia travelogue.

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    Pinguins

    by Maggies Updated Sep 21, 2006

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    Magellan Pinguins are about 45 cm high. Males are just a little bit bigger than females and weight around 4 - 5 kilos.
    The young ones that don't have cub yet, mostly take some rest in the shadow under the bushes. They spend a lot of their time cleaning their plumage. When they are in the time of changing it which takes about 2 weeks, they stay away from water and don't eat at all.
    They are absolutelly the funniest animals I have seen. Totally adorable.

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    Pinguinera de Caleta Valdes

    by Maggies Updated Sep 21, 2006

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    Caleta Valdes

    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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