Blogs from Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina, South America


South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn December 23rd 2019

How do you like my photo of the baby burrow owls hiding by the side of the road and taken through the window of the bus? Mum or Dad was sitting totally unconcerned on the top of a tree/bush nearby. From Puerto Madryn we took a trip out to the wild and woolly Valdes Peninsula where there is only salty water, wind, less rain that the Sahara, scrub and some unusual animals. Scrawny merino sheep live there for only 6 or 7 years as their teeth wear down eating the tough grasses and scrub. Llama-like guanacos and emu-like rheas roam freely as do the sheep. The sheep are rounded up once a year for shearing. A strange looking large hare, which is really a rodent, was found lying in the shade under a bush. We were ... read more
Burrow Owl

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn April 6th 2019

Aujourd'hui on vit cool... On ne fait pas des kilomètres pour le plaisir d'en faire... On visite la région de Puerto Madryn, pas trop loin de l'appartement que nous avons loué... Petite promenade sympa... jusqu'à ce qu'arrive à nouveau le "ripio" donc la poussière et le gravier... alors on se contente de refaire marche arrière... C'est pas que ça nous gêne tellement, mais on a vraiment pas envie de s'offrir une bosse dans la voiture sans assurance.... Puerto Madryn se trouve au fond d'un golfe profond, le Golfo Nuevo, formé par la péninsule Valdés et le cap de Punta Ninfas. Le paysage alentour est celui de la meseta (plateau patagon), formant tout au long de la côte une succession d'escarpements et de plages de sable. ... read more
les coins des sportifs
belle dune

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn February 6th 2016

Saturday 6th February, 2016. Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Patagonia, Argentina Puerto Madryn is a city in the province of Chubut within the Argentine Patagonia. It is located on the Golfo Nuevo which is formed by the Valdes Peninusla and Punta Ninfas. It is located on the cliffs of a high plateau, which features an impressive view of the South Atlantic Ocean. The City is 1,400 km (870 miles) from Bunos Aires along the Route 3. From June to December Southern Right Wales arrive in Puerto Madryn and these can be observed from the beach or from boats - we were here at the wrong time of year unfortunately. There are also Orca in the area and a large Sea Lion colony. The city is the diving capital of Argentina. In September 1865, 150 Welsh immigrants arrived at ... read more
14.  The Railway Museum, Colectives Square,  Trelew
26.  Sign at the Bus Station in Spanish & Welsh Commemorating 150 years of colonisation
38.  Chalet Pujol (Museum of Oceanography)

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn January 12th 2016

Il viaggio verso Puerto Madryn dura all'incirca dieci ore secondo la signorina della biglietteria, sempre quella del post precedente per intenderci. Più le altre dieci per uscire da Buenos Aires, capiamo dopo noi. Il viaggio comincia subito con un cartello il quale ricorda ai signori passeggeri che sul bagno del bus è vietato 'hacer kaka', con la k. Poco male, perché da brave cretine il fatto ci da da ridere per tutte le 10+10 ore del viaggio. Cosicché, la monotonia del paesaggio passa in secondo piano, mentre scorre per ore sotto i nostri occhi. Patagonia. Patagonia è quella cosa che sogni per anni e poi eccola lì, ufficialmente alle 13.30 del 16/12/2015. Patagonia è quella terra sconfinata su cui non cresce niente, se non leggenda ed inspiegabile magia. Patagonia significa grandi piedi, fu chiamata così dai ... read more

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn November 6th 2014

Here we are all in Pourto Madryn on Argentina's Atlantic Coast. In the past few days we have ridden our motos through snow and sleet at -4 deg and now basking in the sun at 24 deg on the beach - Life is good!! We will be here for two nights before heading South We finally made it to San Carlos de Bariloche, a day late but as we had planed two nights here, we were back on schedule. I will include a few more photos of our ride through the snow and sleet, some from my GoPro and some from Melean as she followed us in the chase truck Poor Eric (my BMW) was castrated by Rippa a couple of days ago, but I only noticed this barbarc act yesterday, it appears that he wanted ... read more
Still cold out there
At least it stopped snowing for a minute.
Consentration 100%

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn March 26th 2014

We left Buenos Aires at 11am for our first experience of the lowest class on Argentinian buses, semi-cama, with a company called Andesmar. The bus journey was great. There were 4 films in a row in English with Spanish subtitles: The Bookthief, The Internship (which a 70+ year old man enjoyed watching the strip club scene), Now You See Me and Snitch. The seats are similar to Megabus in the UK. They're not as big and plush as the seats in cama and we probably would have slept better in cama, but it was fine and we must have slept 6+ hours. Overall the main difference between cama and semi-cama are the size and comfort of the seats, the food is pretty rubbish and not worth the extra money at all in my opinion. Cama seats ... read more

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn February 26th 2014

Leaving our beautiful digs in El Calafate, we headed back to the airport to our next destination - Puerto Madryn. Flying into Trelew, we grabbed a shuttle to Puerto Madryn about an hour away. Staying at a hostel this time, we had no real expectations and it ended up being pretty good. Despite the crazy amount of noise at night, mostly from a nearby nightclub and cars that were unnecessarily drag racing literally all night, the hostel was great. One of the best features was that we had access to a nice giant shared kitchen to use. We were excited to go to the grocery store to gather our ingredients and cook every night - something that would be a chore at home! There wasn't a whole lot to do in town other than walk around ... read more
Magellanic penguins @ Punta Tumbo
Puerto Piramides
Cooking dinner

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn December 11th 2013

Monday, December 9th --Tierra del Fuego, Cape of Good Horn 46 degrees out and fairly clear. Valerie and I were up by 6ish to see us sail completely around the “Cabo de Hornos,” which if you look at a map, is the last little island in the Chilean Archipelago—yes, we were back in Chilean waters. The weather started out looking rainy but cleared up quite nicely and the water was very smooth with no wind. The crew was amazed at the good weather, since this is usually one of the most hazardous sailing areas in the world as the strong currents from the Atlantic and the Pacific meet and clash causing large waves. Strong winds usually prevail as there is no land to stop them plus there is a draft off the Andes Mountains. To add ... read more
1312-219 Chilean Cost Guard Station on Cape Horn
1312-220 Part of the Rugged Islands near Cape Horn-A
1312-221 Part of the Rugged Islands on far side

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn November 13th 2013

Tuesday 12thNovember 2013 (Odyssey Day 4) It was a nice lazy start to the day today. Our tour of the Peninsula Valdes didn’t start until 1000. Quite a lay-in for most, although very few managed to sleep that long! The camp is nice and apart from the dogs that seem to live around the camp, it is pretty peaceful. There is a largish group of kids in the camp but they are not up early. Probably because they go to bed so late at night!! They seem to eat at around the time some of our group start going to bed… It’s much dryer here at this camp also, without the condensation in the mornings. The washing I hung out last night near the tent was completely dry this morning. It was surprisingly easy to get ... read more
Peninsula Valdez
Peninsula Valdez
Peninsula Valdez

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn April 4th 2013

31 hours is a long time, especially when it is comprised of 4 different buses (including one that caught fire), 3 passport checkpoints, and some very boring scenery. But that is what we endured to get from El Chalten to Puerto Madryn. The night before we left, we splurged and went to La Vineria, a wine bar / artesinal beer house in El Chalten. Dinner comprised of a cured meat plate, cheese plate and vegetable plate. The cheeses were nothing new for us, but on the meat plate we had things like boar procsiutto and wild venison pate, amongst many other delectable salamis etc... Instead of wine, we worked our way through 5 bottles of patagonian microbrewery dark ales. All were very good, a couple outstanding. They played great tunes, and the owner looked after us, ... read more

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