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Puerto Madryn

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The city of Puerto Madryn is in the north east of Chubut Province in the Patagonia region of Argentina on the shores of Gulfo Nuevo, a large, deep water bay of the Atlantic Ocean.


The city is a popular summer destination because of its beautiful beaches - although the water can be very cold and the wind impressive.

The current population is estimated between 60,000 to 70,000 and the city has been growing rapidly in the last few years due mainly to the expanding tourism industry, fishing and Aluar-the aluminum refinery.

The government of Puerto Madryn has an official site about tourism in Puerto Madryn: [5]

Puerto Madryn is the gateway to nearby Peninsula Valdes.


The area was first populated by the indigenous Tehuelche people. The first Europeans to settle in the area were Welsh arriving in 1865. They named the city for Baron Madryn of Wales.

Get in[edit]

  • Car:reached by Ruta 3
  • Plane: Puerto Madryns Airport is located 10 minutes from downtown. Currently there are three flights per week from Buenos Aires on Andes Airlines. Aerolineas Argentinas flies to Trelew, which is an hour from Puerto Madryn. Shuttle buses operate from the airport in Trelew to Puerto Madryn and cost arg$20. As of Nov/17, there are no public or shuttle bus services available between Puerto Madryn Airport and Puerto Madryn city, but the cab fare is approx ARG $175 (Nov/17)

Get around[edit]

Puerto Madryn has a city bus system. It uses a card, which must be purchased at the Main Bus Station in Puerto Madryn, and costs about ARS $50 (Nov/17). The kiosk is only open 9-4. A bus ride apparently costs about ARS $13 (Nov/17) in town.

Taxis are numerous. Rental cars are available.

To see the wildlife, it is cheaper to rent a car with other people than taking a tour. A rental car costs around ARS $2100 (Nov/17) per day with 400 km included (it's pricey for extra km). Gas will cost around ARS $17.50 per litre (Nov/17). Before setting off, you can ask at the tourist information centre in town or the one in Peninsula Valdes where are the best spots to see wildlife that day. The rangers go around the various locations early in the morning and tell the information centres which animals are where.

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  • From Puerto Madryn daytrips run to Punta Tombo. This is a penguin colony where you can walk among thousands of penguins between the months of October and March. Be aware that in Punta Tombo, you walk along a boardwalk, never on the beach. Also, specifically ask about the penguin's activities during your time of year. ie: In Nov, you may see young baby penguins, but likely not huge crowds of them on the beach, which apparently are more common in Jan/Feb.
  • Often combined with a visit to Punta Tombo is a boat trip to spot the small black-and-white Commerson's dolphins. Jun-Mar.
  • Many tour agents run trips to visit Peninsula Valdes. Here one can see penguins and a great number of sea lions and elephant seals, depending on the season. In January, all three can be seen (though no whales), including sea lions giving birth. Puerto Piramides is the only major town of Peninsula Valdes. Many tours will have a stopover here -- there is a nice beach and some bars and restaurants. There are boat tours and kitesurfers, among other things.
  • Punta Loma, 17 km southwest of Puerto Madryn is a sea lion reserve. It can be reached by bike. Beware- the road is not paved and your bike may sink into the sand. On the up side, there are deserted rocky beaches (very lovely) if you take any of the side paths off of this sandy road.
  • Note that as of Nov/17, English is not very common with tour guides. Agencies promise English speaking tour guides, but frequently they only know a few words. Try to make the tour agent confirm in advance if the tour guide is fluent in English.
  • The EcoCentro is a great and modern marine interpretation centre offering interactive information on marine life in the region. Located overlooking the gulf to the south of the city on Julio Verne 784. Admission ARS $250 (Nov/17). [6]

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Whale Watching, the Southern Right Whale uses the waters of Gulfo Nuevo for breeding and giving birth. They are easily seen from the shore and pier. Whale watching boats depart from Puerto Pyramides located on Peninsula Valdes.
  • Kite boarding and wind surfing.
  • Diving in Gulfo Nuevo. The water has very good clarity and no current.
  • Horse riding
  • Ocean fishing
  • Orca watching, the excursion to Punto Norte is really expensive and just drives you from point to point, you spend all day in the car and will only see animals from a great distance. If you want to see killer whales, try to find another way of getting to Punto Norte really early in the morning and stay there until one shows up or you have to get back. You might miss one too but at least you will have had more chances of spotting one.
  • Snorkeling with sealions(lobos marinos), it is possible to snorkel with sealions really close to the port. They take you on a small boat to an island. There, sealions will be playing. They do not feed the sealions and you are not allowed too close to the colony. However, sealions are curious so they show up to play. It is really fun but try to stretch your tour a bit because it is a bit short. Wetsuits are included and will keep you warm enough. All tour in Puerto Madryn are quite expensive (1400 pesos or 91 dollars for 2 hour tour).

Buy[edit][add listing]

The three story shopping center located right downtown has some nice upscale shops. There are many specialty stores located in the city center.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are many good seafood restaurants along the seafront. These include:

  • Cantina El Nautico, Av Roca 790 (On the corner of Roca and Leopoldo Lugones), 02965 471404, [1]. AR$120 for meal for two with wine - As of Nov/17, expect to pay at least ARS $1200.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

There are a good number of bars and clubs in Puerto Madryn. As in the rest of Argentina the weekend partying continues throughout the night.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • La Tosca Hostel, Sarmiento 437, +54- 280-438-7277 (), [2]. Family run hostel with a couple of double rooms and a mixed dorm. They serve good breakfast with homemade pie. The reception gives good information and is really friendly. Often Argentinian families staying in the hostel on their family vacation.  edit
  • La Posada Hotel, Abraham Mathews 2951, +54280-4453525 (), [3]. La Posada Hotel has rooms with private bathroom, park, parking, swimming pool and more services.  edit
  • El Gualicho, Marcos A Zar 480, +54 2965 454163 . Very popular and comfortable backpackers hostel. Offers very nice rooms and excellent travel information. More like a Hotel than a Hostel. Not very cosy/familial.
  • Posada Del Catalejo, Mitre 446, +54 2965 475224 . Excellent family run hostel. Friendly English speaking staff.
  • Viajero], Gobernador Maiz 545, +54 2965 456457 . Good location and very friendly staff.
  • Hostel El Retorno, Mitre 798, (02965) 456044, [4]. Comfortable friendly hostel with a some private rooms and many beds in dorms. They offer pick-up at the bus station. You can call ahead to reserve.  edit

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