Puerto Madryn Travel Guide

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Puerto Madryn Things to Do

  • Whale Watching - Peninsula Valdés

    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...

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  • Marine Fauna - Peninsula Valdés

    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...

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  • Land Fauna - Peninsula Valdés

    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....

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  • Peninsula Valdés

    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....

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  • Elephant Seals from On High

    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...

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  • See Sheep Shearing Safely

    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...

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Puerto Madryn Restaurants

  • Great Seafood

    It's popular and it's busy but the staff are friendly and attentive. There is a good range of seafood on the menu from plain fish and chips to lovely shellfish. I had the Langostino Grill - grilled prawns. They came grilled on a metal skewer with a side of braised vegetables. The price including an icy cold Stella Artois was quite reasonable but i...

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  • SAND AND SEA

    A nice building constructed literally on the sands of the beach, here the mix between seafoods and pastas makes a delicious choice.I recommend stay in there early, 9 pm for example, or make a reservation before, because after 9:30 by night a crowd invades the place. Home made tagliatellis with King Crabs legs or shrimps sauce.

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  • Excellent Restaurant!

    This is a classic restaurant in Puerto Madryn. It opened its doors about 40 years ago, and anyone who goes to Puerto Madryn can't miss this place. The restaurant has a very varied menu, going from soups, fish, pasta, meat, to almost anything you can think about. You don't have to wait much to get the food. The restaurant has an excellent team of...

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Puerto Madryn Nightlife

  • TIME FOR FUN WAITING THE SUN

    Margarita is the standard meeting point by night for the young people and even for all those not so young. Fun ambiance, very good music and drinks, perhaps you wish eat some dishes at the evening, the atmosphera become more special with the advance of the night, some special espectacles every wednesday, on week ends until the sun does appear on...

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  • Good food and Quilmes

    Margarita seems like a hung out place both for locals and tourists. It has good food and drinks including famous Argentinian Quilmes.They have great onion pizza which costs about 8 pesos. A 1l bottle of Quilmes or Brahma costs 6 pesos.

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  • A safe bet

    Although Puerto Madryn boasts its own casino (with showgirls according to the adverts - I never visited) the truth is it's a sleepy town. There are several bars to hang out in but you might be better off enjoying a good meal and getting to bed early - most of the tours leave early in the morning because there's a lot of travel necessary to get...

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Puerto Madryn Transportation

  • Cordoba to Puerto Madryn

    In one single journey, we left the heat of inland Argentina and travelled well over 1000km until we reached Puerto Madryn, a coastal town in Patagonia. Though we were well used to long bus journey's in Argentina, this 16 hour, long, overnight journey between Cordoba and Madryn seemed to last forever and it was some relief when we finally arrived....

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  • Free shuttle to Ecocentro

    There’s a free shuttle every 15 min. from Tourist Info Centre to Ecocentro from 10 o’clock to noon. Ecocentro: Admission Ar$25

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  • Jorge Schmid Sea Tour

    Punta Ballena embarque or getting around in Puerto Martyn, by boat or zodiac to have a closer look at the sea animals. Only a few captains are allowed to do this sea trip because the know exactly the behaviour of the whales and the weather conditions.The embarquement of the ship itself is already spectacular, the look at the whales, so close to the...

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Puerto Madryn Shopping

  • Whale caudal fin

    There are a lot of local souvenirs shops in Puerto Madryn; there you can find pottery, magnets for the fridge, pens, cups, keyrings, earrings, lamps, T-shirts, or whatever, with local designs: the classic whale caudal fin, the penguin, the killer whale.Hay numerosos comercios que venden recuerdos locales en Puerto Madryn; en ellos pueden encontrar...

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  • Chocolate!!!

    Yenelen is a chocolate shop and factory, cozy, well decorated, with a kind staff.Yenelen es un comercio y fábrica de chocolate, acogedor, bien decorado, con un personal amable. CHOCOLATE!!!!! Bombons, cherries with chocolates, raisins with chocolate, walnuts with chocolate, milk chocolate, plain chocolate... And liquors, jam, alfajores, Welsh...

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Puerto Madryn Local Customs

  • Gauchos at work, hard work

    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.

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  • Money money money

    Maybe not a local custom but definitelly a local thing. The money exchange is open untill 6 pm and it's closed on weekends so it seems that going for a whole day trip makes it impossible to exchange the money in town. Well, all you need to do is buying something in one of many local shops, pay in USD (bigger bill) and they give you the change in...

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  • COOKING FOR FRIENDS

    One of the most spreaded local customs is inviting friends for dinner without a previous plan, just suddenly, cooking some special dishes (frequently our best ones) as an excuse for a kind conversation, laughters, old stories, anecdotas, and of course tasting a good bottle of wine as a detail

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Puerto Madryn Warnings and Dangers

  • Patagonian gravel roads 2

    Fortunately we had enough men on the tour that they were able to push the bus out (with some encouragement from their cheerleaders, of which I was one). I sure didn't have the strength to push a bus!!!

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  • Patagonian gravel roads

    Patagonian gravel roads are famous. They bring cracked windshields (as shown in many buses we saw), clouds of dust, and wheels being stuck. We were stuck... this is just part one. Make sure you go to the second tip of part 2...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Puerto Madryn Tourist Traps

  • Problem is..................

    You can go with your own car, again departing from Puerto Madryn (the farthest of the three), you must drive National route 3 (paved) up to Trelew (67 Km.) then take Prov. Route 25, up to Rawson (paved too) where, at 7 Km. you get to the crossing with prov. Route 1, that leads to Punta Tombo. This last part is 107 Km. and it is a gravel road so,...

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  • Problem is..................

    You can go with your own car, again departing from Puerto Madryn (the farthest of the three), you must drive National route 3 (paved) up to Trelew (67 Km.) then take Prov. Route 25, up to Rawson (paved too) where, at 7 Km. you get to the crossing with prov. Route 1, that leads to Punta Tombo. This last part is 107 Km. and it is a gravel road so,...

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Puerto Madryn What to Pack

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    Sunglasses needed

    by Boxerworld Written Apr 20, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It's windy so be careful with the sun during the summer: you can get sunburnt easily without realizing it.

    Photo Equipment: You need a camera with a long zoom if you want to take great photos of the penguins, elephant seals etc. A wide angle converter is helpful for landscape photos. Same for a polarizer and a UV filter.

    Miscellaneous: The light is too bright and it can hurt your eyes badly, so don't forget your sunglasses. I traveled in many places and it was the first time I had to buy sunglasses because of the strong light. If you wear lens, it would be better not to use them because of the wind and the sand.

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    • Eco-Tourism
    • Whale Watching
    • National/State Park

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Puerto Madryn Off The Beaten Path

  • Punta Lomo

    Punta Lomo is located quite a distance from Puerto Madryn. About almost a half an hour along the city coastline and through the back of the desert that is in the outskirts of town. The best time of year to catch the sea lions seems to be spring (winter over here for the Northern Hemisphere), as that's the time I was there. There's a outlook that...

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  • south of puerto madryn

    renting your own car and drive to the south along the seashore it's a very scenic drive and you feel you are alone on the road it's hardly to seen other cars in this area except some of the tourist bus

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  • trip to punta tombo

    Between September and April, a large number of Magellanic penguins come to this site to incubate their eggs, and prepare their offspring for migration - the largest such colony in South America. Couples stand in front of their nests

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Puerto Madryn Favorites

  • WHEN RESPECT TO NATURE WINS

    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...

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  • Puerto Madryn

    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...

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  • I saw a whale!

    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...

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Top 5 Places to See Animals in the Wild: Puerto Madryn

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Along with the majestic nature that visitors can experience while visiting Patagonia, there are some unique opportunities to see animals. Punta Tombo, located on the Argentine Sea in Chubut Province, is the best place to see Magellan Penguins within continental Patagonia. With more than a million and a half Magellan Penguins arriving to Punta Tombo every year to breed, you are bound to see quite a few! Though the first penguins arrive in September and stay at Punta Tombo until mid-March, the recommended time to visit for optimal viewing is after November once the babies are born. In addition to the sheer volume of penguins another unique factor about Punta Tombo is that despite being a conservation reservation, visitors are allowed to get very close to the penguins, as long as they don't disturb or touch them.

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