Puerto Madryn - Nature at hand
Puerto Madryn
Distance from Buenos Aires
1382 km.
Flight time from Buenos Aires
2hr. to Trelew + 1hr. by bus
GDS Code
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Puerto Madryn (in Welsh, Porth Madryn) is a city in the province of Chubut in the Argentine  Patagonia. It is bathed by the blue waters of the Nuevo Gulf and it lies on the cliffs shaped by a small plateau that features an impressive perspective of the Atlantic Ocean. Founded in 1865 with the arrival of 150 Welsh immigrants, Puerto Madryn was named after Sir Love Jones Parry, Baronet of Madryn and one of the best-known dwellers of this city in the Welsh country.
The whale season is one of the attractions that have made this city famous worldwide. From June to December, various populations of southern right whales reach these shores. Visitors may watch them both on board the boats leaving from Puerto Pirámides and from some natural viewpoints and almost all the beaches bordering the city.
Due to the great deal of SCUBA divers from all round the world that choose this city, Puerto Madryn has projected countless artificial reefs in the last few years to be used in the traditional first-time diving experiences. No wonder this city is known all throughout the country as the Diving Capital of Argentina.

Sea Animal Watching
The Atlantic coast offers a prefect environment for the watching of whales, orcas, birds, sea lions, and elephant seals

Adventure Tourism
If you are a trek enthusiast, you should go to Lago Puelo and Los Alerces National Parks. Carrileufú and Corcovado Rivers are wonderful scenarios for the practice of rafting. In Puerto Madryn, you can practice scuba diving.

Sport Fishing
Deep-sea fishing in the shores of the Argentine Sea

Welsh Tea and Traditional Confectionery
Gaiman and Trevelin are typical Welsh villages, where you can taste Welsh tea, traditional marmalades and confectionery.

In winter, excursions for whale watching, dolphins, Commerson´s dolphins, penguins, elephant seals and birds among others.
During the summer, the beaches are very crowded, where in addition to sunbathing and water sports such as kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and motosky among others. Along them, there are beaches with restaurant and coffee shops which are open all year round.
The San Jose and Nuevo Gulfs are visited mainly for "submarine baptisms." Puerto Madryn is named "Diving Capital of." Its waters are crystal clear and calm, allowing light penetration to 70 m deep.
For the spring cruise Luis Piedrabuena pass are destined for southern Argentina and even Chile. Also the city has a bus terminal that receives long-distance transport linking Puerto Madryn with the rest of Argentina, and the airport El Tehuelche, which has several weekly flights from several Argentine cities.
The city of Puerto Madryn offers multiple accommodations and hotels of all categories and with a variety of services, both as a destination for relaxing and business conventions.
Regional Wildlife
Puerto Madryn received between June and December to the southern right whale returning to the area each year to mate and procreate. In addition to cormorants, gulls, terns, sea lions and Magellanic penguins Spheniscus magellanicus to migrate because they do not tolerate the cold Antarctic winter.
From the central pier Piedrabuena Commander Luis can be seen with the naked eye type piebald dolphin dolphins, sea lions and even the southern right whale.
On the outskirts of town you can also see guanacos, rheas (Patagonian rhea), huge variety of birds that live near the coast, also called Patagonian hare and martinetas maras (Patagonian bird) and other species.

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1 - PUERTO MADRYN 4 Days – 3 Nights

Day 1
Trelew Airport Arrival
Meet and greet with and INFOBA DMC Argentina´s guide at airport.
Private transfer from Airport to hotel in Puerto Madryn.
According to the flights arrival time, we may organise a half day activity or have the rest of the day free.

El Doradillo
A few km away, northwest from Puerto Madryn, we find the beach line of El Doradillo, facing the Golfo Nuevo.  The great steep slope of its shores allows an amazing approach of enormous animals (mostly females). Annually, the Southern Right Whale seeks the protection of the gulf waters –calm and with no current- for the gestation and birth of their calves.
  In the mating process, females are harassed by many males, and its own inaccessibility serves as natural selection for the most capable male to end up copulating her. Once this is finalized, females try to get away from the harassment, heading towards the coast. There we may find them upside down, with their stomachs sticking out, in a denial position.
Because they are mammals and need to breathe air, they have to turn back around to breath. If this were to happen in deep waters, they could be copulated again. This is why El Doradillo is their natural shelter, because shallow waters avoid male’s attempts from underneath, and turning themselves facing the shore with their sexual organs frustrate any mating hopes.
  This “technique” can also be seen from mothers, denying the calves their milk (they take around 200 liters per day). For these reasons, we may call El Doradillo a true LADIES WARD, which keeps them safe from males and calves nuisance. El Doradillo is a place that deserves to be known by the hand of an expert, in order to interpret this curious dynamic so hard to spot elsewhere in the world.
Duration: Approximately 2 hours

Overnight at Hotel in Puerto Madryn.

Day 2
Full day excursion to Peninsula Valdes with whale watching.
Lunch at Caleta Valdes (grilled lamb recommended).
Puerto Piramides is the only legally authorized port for the Whale Watching activity in Patagonia.
  In our office, passengers will be provided with all the information needed prior to departure and will also be equipped with lifejackets and raincoats (if needed).
  From there, we will walk down to the beach with a crew member to find our vessel waiting for us, on dry land, over a trailer. We will go on board and be towed out to sea.
Our multilingual crew members are all experts in interpreting and observing nature. They will guide and assist us throughout the excursion.
  Once on water, our journey towards the whales begins. The encounter with the Southern Right Whales is absolutely guaranteed, by both nature and us.
  According to the time of the year we may come across courtship and mating groups (conformed by juvenile and adult specimens), or mothers with newborn calves.
  During the entire ride we will experience and share unique moments of the way of life of this sea mammals in complete freedom and in their own natural habitat.
  Nevertheless, it is frequent to be as close as a few centimeters away from them due to their curiosity, sociability and peaceful nature.
  The calm Waters of the Golfo Nuevo provide us with a smooth excursion (we do not go out to open sea). After an hour and a half among these magnificent animals we head back to the beach, with the strong conviction that we have lived a unique and educational experience.
  Our crew members will photograph and videotape all the events, giving you the option of purchasing a DVD filled with your excursion, as well as a fine selection of the best whale watching footage and wild life images from our archive. Overnight at Hotel in Puerto Madryn.

Overnight at Hotel in Puerto Madryn.

Day 3
Full day excursion Pedral Safari - Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean & Marine Fauna
Pedral Lodge is, due to its privileged location, the ideal place for exclusive close-ups of wild fauna and excellent sights. While walking through Punta Ninfas area, you will have the chance of getting to know the marine fauna that visits the coasts of Pedral, such as elephant seals, sea lions, penguins, whales and orcas.
Driving through gravel road (Route Nº 5) from Puerto Madryn to Pedral (73 km), the typical Patagonian steppe landscape will be appreciated along the way; low ochre-colour vegetation, showing constant movement due to the main characteristic of this area, the wind. Once inside the Estancia you will arrive at the sheep stockyard, the place in which most rural activities take place. Together with the guide, you will walk through the facilities while he explains about other work done at the Estancia at different times of the year.
The trip continues driving towards the Atlantic Ocean. The coastline in Pedral is dominated by high cliffs that drop straight down to the beach, presenting a natural viewpoint of the Ocean and the entrance to the New Gulf.
This also allows excellent sights of fauna, such as elephant seals, whales, penguins and orcas.
In Pedral we can see the marine fauna both from the cliffs and from its long beaches.
The first stop is at one of these natural viewpoints, from where you will be able to appreciate a year round elephant seal rockery. This colony reaches its highest peak of population between September and March. Here, with a bit of luck on our side, it is also possible to see orcas. Even though this animal is unpredictable, it is most likely to be seen along November, as this is the time in which it feeds on elephant seal pups. Then in March and April, it feeds on sea lion pups. During whales’ season, especially between August and November, it is also possible to see Southern Right Whales here.
All along the way, you will have the chance of observing typical fauna of the Patagonian steppe, such as guanacos, Patagonian hares, foxes, Patagonian rheas, among others. Then you will take a walk to the beach, down the Fossils´ Canyon, in which you will be able to appreciate the diversity and large number of fossils from the cenozoic age, in which we highlight the sea urchin fossils, or “dollars”, and fossil oysters. Once at the beach you will have a close up of the elephant seal colony.
Leaving the steppe behind, you will reach the coastline, with a view of this unusual geological formation, “El Pedral”, which is a 9 km long, 900 meters wide natural stone quarry coming into the ocean, with a depth of 8 meters.
On the vehicle, you will access the southern end of this quarry, right where the cliffs begin. Penguins chose this particular place for a new rockery that is growing every year: an area nowadays protected and declared the “Punta Ninfas Wild Life Natural Refuge”. Between August and November, it is also possible to see whales coming close to the shore here.
Then, in a beautiful area protected by cypresses and other native trees, you will have lunch before heading back to Puerto Madryn.

Day 4
Private transfer from hotel to Airport with INFOBA DMC Argentina´s guide.





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