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    MORE WATCHING, NOW THE PENGUINS...

    by Orkaena Written Aug 2, 2004

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    Looking for the future... (pic isn't mine)

    Yes my friends, the deafening cacophony of the crowded penguins colonies is an amazing and unforgettable experience. This very special birds are kinds, hyperactives and very competitives between themselves.

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    ECOCENTRO, EVIDENCE OF RESPECT

    by Orkaena Updated Aug 3, 2004

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    ECOCENTRO (institutional pic)

    The ecocentro is a wonderful evidence of respect for the nature and the whole life.
    This place is not a museum but it is one, is not a zoo even is a little one, is not a research center but it is, is not a pub but here you can eat and drink coffees or sodas, a sui generis library, where literature nests, a sea watching point, a little piece of the bottom of the sea.
    In fact and at last, it is the patagonic point of view of the natural environment that surrounds and submerge us to the most deep sense.
    Built over the cliffs, here the view and the solitude is a bless.

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    WATCH THE WHALES, THE MUST

    by Orkaena Updated Aug 24, 2004

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    Azul Profundo, the boat of Peke

    Whales watching becomes in a very popular activity here and abroad, as I can see.
    The friendly character, and the curiosity of these giants has a great impact on the emotions of every people. Awesome, stunning, indeed.
    The whales that arrives here each year are the Right Whales, Ballena Franca del Sur, in spanish.
    With a maximum of 18 mts lenght and up to 60 tons of weight this peaceful creatures aren't the biggers of the world, but its enough to make you think deeply about the sense of life.
    Each winter more or less 700 whales meets around the Peninsula Valdes. Dont miss.

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    MORE WATCHINGS, THIS TIME THE SEALS

    by Orkaena Updated Aug 2, 2004

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    Posing for the pic... gorgeous

    The whole Peninsula Valdes is a huge Natural Reservation where the wild life stills boiling of activity. Big colonies of seals and sea wolves established on the shore around the peninsula offers a continuous spectacle, mainly in our spring and summer.

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    RESERVA NATURAL PENINSULA VALDES

    by Orkaena Updated Aug 18, 2005

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    The Signal

    The whole Peninsula Valdes is a huge Natural Reservation, and if you want to get a complete idea about it you'll need three or four days wandering in there, so, to be surprised by the guanacos (a camel cousin) armadillos, seal colonies, sea Lions colonies, seagulls, albatros, right whales, orkas, dolphins, penguins, etc..
    The boundless impression is strong, those plain steppes and the blue horizon are feelings that you'll never forget.
    Of course you'll pay a fee (cheap indeed) and you can get reservations in some of the hotels or estancias of the Peninsula. But do it with enough time in advance, there aren't too many accomodations facilities here.

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    Peninsula Valdes circuit

    by Maggies Written May 12, 2005

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    Punta Cantor in Peninsula Valdes

    Puerto Madryn is a base for all trips going to Peninsula Valdes. You can get a tour in every tourist agency in the city and they all have the same price. In march 2005 it was 95 pesos plus the entry to the national reserve - 35 pesos for the foreigners.
    It's a 400 km full day excursion including stops in Interpretation Center (entry to the reserve), Puerto Piramides, Punta Norte or Punta Delgada and Caleta Valdes (Punta Cantor). You can go for a boat trip from Puerto Piramides and if it's wintertime you'll experience the Whale Watching.
    You can also get to Puerto Piramides by regular bus and find some group you could join. The tour would cost you 65 pesos then and you'll be able to stay more time in Puerto Piramides as the regular bus leaves later. (To find out more see the transportation tips.)

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    The Big Tour

    by leok Written Dec 1, 2004

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    Let's face it there's only one real reason to come to Puerto Madryn - and that's to see the wildlife on the Peninsular and the penguins nearby.

    (more details of which are on my Isla Valdes (which should be Peninsular Valdes) pages

    http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/5a5ef/176a8f/

    There are tons of tour operators on the main strip by the beach.

    The 2 main tours are:
    To the Peninsular to see the whales and sea lions
    To see the penguins at Punto Tombo, the welsh town of Gaiman and possibly some sea wolves

    There are a couple of others but I've forgotten what they do

    Bizarrely all the operators offer exactly the same tours at exactly the same price! The only choice is what time you leave in the morning and whether you are travelling in a minibus or a big coach. Your hotel will often offer to book you on a tour - but if you want to do it yourself be warned that you need to make your booking the day before (I think most close at about 9pm). If you don't speak Spanish it may also be worth checking whether you'll get an English (or other language) speaking guide because not all of them are bi/multilingual.

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    The beginings

    by andal13 Written Sep 21, 2003

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    Seaside

    Puerto Madryn is situated at Golfo Nuevo (New Gulf), a deep and calm South Atlantic gulf. It was foundated in 1865, when a contingent of 153 Welsh immigrants arrived in this coast. The Welsh people began to populate this deserted region, and founded some towns, like Trelew, Rawson, Gaiman. The name of this city comes from Sir Love Jones Parry, MP of Madryn Castle, who explored the area in 1863, along with Lewis Jones.
    Nowadays, the city has a population of 50.000 inhabitants, and it is an important harbour, water sports centre, and a privileged place to study sea fauna.

    Puerto Madryn está ubicado sobre el Golfo Nuevo, un golfo profundo y sereno del Atlántico Sur. Fue fundado en 1865, cuando un contingente de 153 inmigrantes galeses llegó a estas costas. Los galeses comenzaron a poblar esta región desértica, y fundaron diversos pueblos, como Trelew, Rawson, Gaiman. El nombre de esta ciudad deriva de Sir Love Jones Parry, Barón de Madryn, quien exlploró el área en 1863, junto con Lewis Jones.
    En la actualidad, la ciudad tiene una población de 50.000 habitantes, y es un puerto importante, un centro de deportes acuáticos y un lugar privilegiado para estudiar la fauna marina.

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    Ecocentro

    by andal13 Updated Sep 22, 2003

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    Ecocentro (brochure)

    "Ecocentro" is a research centre for sea ecosystems; it has several amazing interactive expositions, that let you explore, know, hear, touch, love the sea.
    "With the Patagonic sea as inspiration, and through education, science and art, we promote the respect and the understanding of the world that surrounds us."

    "Ecocentro" es un centro de investigación de ecosistmas marinos; tiene varias exposiciones interactivas realmente impresionantes, que les permite explorar, conocer, oír, tocar, sentir, amar el mar.
    "Con el mar patagónico como inspiración, y a través de la educación, la ciencia y el arte, promovemos el respeto y la comprensión del mundo que nos rodea."

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    El Doradillo

    by andal13 Written Sep 21, 2003

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    El Doradillo

    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!

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    Whale-Watching

    by andal13 Written Sep 21, 2003

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    Southern right whale

    From May to December, the Southern right whales (Eubalaena australis) come to Golfo Nuevo to breed (mostly during September and October); whale-watching is a "must" then. Along the coast there are several points to practice this activity, but only in Puerto Pirámides (Península Valdés) you can practice whale-watching from a boat.

    Desde mayo hasta diciembre, las ballenas francas australes (Eubalaena australis) vienen al Golfo Nuevo para reproducirse (fundamentalmente durante septiembre y octubre); el avistaje de ballenas es una actividad "obligada" entonces. A lo largo de la costa hay numerosos puntos desde los cuales realizar esta actividad, pero sólo en Puerto Pirámides (Península Valdés) se puede practicar el avistaje desde una embarcación.

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    The Southern Right Whale

    by andal13 Updated Sep 21, 2003

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    Skeleton of pygmy right whale

    The southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) has a lenght of 14 - 18 m and weighs 30 ton; it has not dorsal fin, and the head makes up 25 % of the body. The most distinctive characteristics are the callosities of keratine that it has over its head; some parasites live on these callosities; the whales can be identified by them. When it exhales, a V shaped spout comes out from the blwholes it has over its head.
    These whales come to calm waters during their reproductive season; there is a cortége, and one female can copulate with several males, but only one will be the father of the only calve. The calves are born one year later, and one year lasts the lactation; one female has one calve each three years.
    The whales feed in colder waters; they eat krill (one ton per day), seeping water with their baleens (parallel whalebones) that hang from their upper jaw.

    La ballena franca austral (Eubalaena australis) mide 14 - 18 m de longitud y pesa 30 toneladas; no tiene aleta dorsal, y su cabeza ocupa el 25 % de su longitud total. Las características más distintivas son las callosidades de queratina que tiene sobre la cabeza; muchos parásitos viven en dichas callosidades; las ballenas pueden ser identificadas por ellas. Cuando exhala, un chorro en forma de V sale por los espiráculos que tiene sobre la cabeza.
    Estas ballenas vienen a aguas calmas durante el período reproductor; hay cortejo, y una hembra puede copular con varios machos, pero sólo uno será el padre de un único ballenato. Los ballenatos nacen un año después, y un año dura la lactancia; una hembra puede parir cada tres años.
    Las ballenas se alimentan en aguas más frías; comen krill (una tonelada por día), filtrando el agua con sus barbas, placas córneas que cuelgan del maxilar superior.

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    The fat that swallowed everything

    by andal13 Updated Sep 22, 2003

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    Albinic calve

    "The Southern Patagones or Tehuelches tell that the whale (góos) used to live on earth. But they also say that it was harmful because it swallowed people, dogs and even horses. Then the Tehuelches complained to Elal, who became a horsefly and came into the whale to research. When He saw it was true, ticked it and then the whale began to spit all the things it had swallowed. After this, Elal punished it and sent it to live in the sea."

    "Cuentan los patagones o tehuelches del sur que la ballena (góos) antes vivía sobre la tierra. Pero también dicen que era dañina porque se tragaba a las personas, los peros y hasta los caballos. Entonces los tehuelches se quejaron ante Elal, quien se convirtió en tábano y entró en la ballena para investigar. Cuando vio que era cierto, le produjo cosquillas y entonces la ballena comenzó a escupir todo lo que había tragado. Después Elal la castigó y la mandó a vivir al mar."

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    Punta Tombo

    by andal13 Written Sep 21, 2003

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    Penguins at Punta Tombo

    At Punta Tombo is situated the second biggest penguin place of South America (the first is at Antarctica). In 1979 is created the reservation of pengüins of Magallanes (Spheniscus magellanicus) on a property given by Regina family. During the high season, more than 500.000 pengüins come to this place. The reservation can be visited, and it is a pleasure walk among these cute birds.

    En Punta Tombo se encunetra ubicada la segunda pingüinera más grande del continente (la primera está en la Antártida). En 1979 se creó la reserva de pingüinos de Magallanes (Spheniscus magellanicus) en un predio de 240 hectáreas donado por la familia Regina. Durante la temporada alta, más de 500.000 pingüinos se encuentran en este lugar. La reserva puede visitarse, y es un placer caminar en medio de estas encantadoras aves.

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    Penguins

    by andal13 Written Sep 21, 2003

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    Penguin of Magallanes

    The penguins of Magallanes (Spheniscus magellanicus) reach 45 cm high and 4 or 5 Kg weight; the males have a bill longer and thicker than the females. The picture shows a male with his elegant black and white suit.

    Los pingüinos de Magallanes (Spheniscus magellanicus) alcanzan una altura de 45 cm y los 4 ó 5 Kg de peso; los machos tienen un pico más largo y grueso que las hembras. La foto muestra a un macho con su elegante traje blanco y negro.

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