A trip to see the Magellanic Penguin colony at Punta Tombo was the excuse for our visit to Trelew.Arranged a tour,see later tip, and a journey time of around 90 minutes through the deserted countryside of Patagonia to get there.Once there a small admission fee, this is no reserve though, the pengins and other wildlife are totally wild, visitors are...more
Capilla Tabernacle is a small Welsh chapel, dating from 1899, built not long after the town was founded. The Welsh built many chapels in the Chubut Valley, the most impressive of which are around Gaiman. I´m not sure if there is much of a Welsh community nowadays in Trelew, but it's nice to see their chapels, and other buildings like St. David's...more
The Museo Pueblo Regional de Luis is a small museum, housed in a beautiful museum, the former railway station, also the first building in Trelew. The museum focuses on the history, in particular on the people, of Trelew and the surrounding areas. Much of this concerns the Welsh community, who initally founded the town, when the rail line was built...more
Trelew´s Paleontology Museum is the most modern but also the most expensive museum we visited in Argentina. Clearly a lot of work has gone into this museum, though it seems a little excessive and unfair to charge 16 pesos to foreigners, while Argentines are only charged 11. There are many impressive paleontological exhibits, most of which have been...more
Avda Julio A.Roca 155 9120 Puerto Madryn Chubut, 9
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Roque Saenz Pena 253, Trelew, CB, AR
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Av. Julio A Roca 67 Puerto Madryn Tewlew, Puerto M
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This restaurant occupies a building which was built as a grain mill in 1886. A very modern glass roof encloses the courtyard and comprises the main dining room. From there you can see the enclosed grill (parrilla) where all the meat is roasted. The menu is varied and moderate in price. Live music is sometimes offered on weekend evenings.more
Trelew didn't have a great selection of restaurants, and the best value one we could find was Genesis, close to the centre of town. Its pizzas were excellent value and big enough to share, meaning you can have a meal for two for about 25 pesos. Lomitos, hamburgers and milanesas were also good value, though the service here wasn't very impressive. I...more
Trelew is something of a transport hub for Patagonia and has many onward connections. After two days in the rain in Trelew, we were more than ready to move on, so we took an overnight bus to El Bolson, in the heart of Patagonia. This was an 11 hour bus journey, which cost 137 pesos, and for once we slept very well. We travelled with Mar y Valle,...more
Over 70 miles South of Trelew, this is the largest colony of Magellanic penguins in the world. Estimates vary but it's safe to say there are several hundred thousand penguins here from September to March. They are very docile and you can walk among the nests which are literally strewn all over the area. Also present are flocks of guanacos (related to llamas).
What makes the trip to Punta Tombo seem even longer is the fact that almost half of it is over gravel roads (ripio in Argentinean Spanish). They are at least well maintained even though sometimes it sounds like the floorboard of the car is being beat to a pulp.
After finally arriving there is a ranger's station where you pay a nominal admission charge and then it's just you and the penguins. It's better to get an early start so you can enjoy the area by yourself, before the tour buses from Trelew arrive.