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South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn February 22nd 2013

The health restrictions and precautions remain in place. The Captain says that there is now only a trickle of new reported cases. He thanked everyone for stepping up to the mark and especially the crew for their tireless work in ensuring we keep on top of the problem. The Health inspectors boarded at both Stanley and Ushuaia and gave credit for the precautions we are taking and for this reason allowed the ship to dock and passengers to disembark. There have been times when the Port Authorities have refused ships to berth due to the number of reported cases. I understand that only 2% of passengers/crew have to be infected for an epidemic to be declared. On this trip, 2% of passengers works out at about 52. The crew may be going all out on a ... read more
Puerto Madryn shoreline
Puerto Madryn marina!
Chris with tango musician

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn January 27th 2013

PUERTO MADRYN, ARGENTINA - JANUARY 26 - The weather was great, sunshine, upper 60’s low 70’s, winds calm in the morning, increasing through the day up to 3:00 pm when we left port. I went ashore about 9:00 am. There were several tours available to see nature in the raw, sea lions, Magellan Penguins, elephant seals and even sheep shearing. I decided to walk the downtown area. Beautiful beachfront location with parks and recreation areas. It was a Saturday morning and lots of families were enjoying the nice weather. As I got off the ship a lady handed me a map of the city which was useful. The walk to town was god exercise, I needed. I walked along the beachfront for several blocks before I ventured into town. Puerto Madryn is not a large town ... read more
JOSE de SAN MARTIN
HEROIC RESCUERS
SACRED HEART CHURCH

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn January 26th 2013

When we awoke this morning, the sky outside was still dark, something we haven’t been accustomed to at five in the morning. Checking outside, it appeared that we had arrived at our next port of call. I thought that we might be tendering at this port, and I didn’t notice the pier next to the Veendam many decks below the lower promenade. It is a short stay in Puerto Madryn, and we have a rush-rush tour today, as do other visitor’s on HAL tours at this port-of-call. We breakfasted in the Lido once they opened at 6:30 AM. I had some French Toast with sausage and hashed browns; while, Sharon ate the blueberry pancakes (well one pancake had blueberries in it, anyway). I really enjoyed the French Toast and may need to try them again. We ... read more
Wanacos
King of the Sea
Sea Lion Walking

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn January 26th 2013

AT SEA JANUARY 25 Another sea day with no real change in routine, lectures for those so inclined, eating, drinking, gambling, reading, movies, shopping, exercising, doing laundry, etc., etc., etc. There was a Mariner’s Society brunch which was very well attended. The captain gave a toast to the lady on board with the most sailing days, 680 in this case. I then went to the beer tasting event (not good today, two light beers were on the list) and then to the explorer’s wine tasting event. I’m really learning a lot and the cellar master is outstanding. The planned hour session extended to two and the planned five wines expanded to six. If you like wine but don’t know much about it, consider attending a session at the beginning of your next cruise; see if you ... read more
MOON
BAR TENDERS TRICK
TOWEL ART

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn January 18th 2013

Leaving El Chalten at the unsociable time of 5am was made slightly (and only just) more bearable by the amazing sunrise and subsequent scenery witnessed through the truck windows as we drove, we spent the day following the Atlantic coast heading towards Camarones. Long drive days quickly settle into a routine of dozing, reading and watching the world go by, accompanied by a soundtrack of whatever’s flavour of the day on my ipod, this way 14+ hours of driving passes relatively painlessly. A few 100ks outside of Camarones we stopped for the night, heading to what looked like a lovely little campsite and it was a lovely little campsite to begin with, we set up the tents and got on with cooking dinner, it was still warm and sunny at 9pm, beer in hand, tunes on, ... read more
2 Flooded
3 Penguins
4 Heading home from the surf

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn January 1st 2013

Hola and Happy New Year from the Southern Hemisphere! We are still in the UTC-3 time zone, so we even beat the East coast of the U.S. to 2013 by two hours. Docked in Puerto Madryn at 0700 this morning, but slept in and left the dock about 1000. Wow! What a beautiful little resort city, and better yet, most everything was closed for New Year’s today so it was nice and quiet. We just lazed along the beachfront all day, took some photos, had coffee and lay in the sun reading books, and snagged some cold stuff at the Farmacia. When we do the “ultimate bank robbery” this is where we will re-locate to spend our loot! Two interesting stories of note: Look at the photo of the sea lions sleeping on the baluster along ... read more
Carol on the beach at Puerto Madryn
Adios, Puerto Madryn!
Beachfront Vista

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn October 24th 2012

Arrived early in the morning at Puerto Madryn bus station and made our way to our hostel. We were greeted by the enthusiastic owner Gaston who has a mind full of local information regarding trips to see the whales, sea lions, seals and penguins. Our first outing was on bikes we also had the company of a young Englishwoman to the seal santary this was quite a hard going as most of the way was along a deep gravel road with quite a few cars zooming pass causing thick clouds of dust which we then had to cycle through. However the seals were a delight to see and watch there was even a couple of Elephant seasl in amongst them. The seals come to the beach after spending several months at sea, where they mate, the ... read more
Ali and mates
Punta  Lomo
Punta Tumbo

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn September 24th 2012

After the big city and the sierra the adventure arrives in Patagonia. Our heroes watch whales do things that would make your granny blush, confuse a helpful museum curator with poor Welsh pronunciation and eat their own weight in cake. Yum... We awoke on the bus to the scene of, well to be frank, stark, bare, wild, off-green nothingness. As far as the eye could see. In all directions. Without any respite seemingly forthcoming. Hour followed hour, mile ran in to mile along Route 3 towards Puerto Madryn, and you could be forgiven for thinking that life had turned in to a Scooby Doo chase scene, the same background flashing by at regular intervals. The earth is a slightly off mustard colour, dry and dusty and covered in grey-green shrubs which barely rise above 50cms in ... read more
Patagonia!
Look how exciting whales are!!!
Whale showing off!

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn September 21st 2012

It's already time for Tiffany and Leslie first week of school holidays in Argentina...and as the country is so impressive...we are starting slowly to push our discoveries a little further than Buenos Aires. As you are aware, I spent my last two weeks working in Africa. Leslie and Tiffany have been under the great care of Ines while I was away, and she is also joining us for our discoveries of Argentina now that I'm back "home". I have also to thank Mercredes and Sergi from Koh Lipe who introduced me few months ago to Puerto Madryn and Peninsula Valdes. Thanks guys, missing you! Due to the amount of pictures...and experiences we have lived over the last few days, I've decided to do two blogs, one of Puerto Madryn, and yes...one more impressive of the Peninsula ... read more
Puerto Madryn
Tiffany and Leslie....
Puerto Madryn

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn March 23rd 2012

After a pleasant 20 hour bus ride (with films, food and lots of sleep!) we arrived in the quiet town of Puerto Madryn. We finally made it to our hostel, Hi Patagonia, after being harrassed by an old Spanish Lady trying to get us to stay with her. The hostel is along the main street right by the beach and an excellent ice cream shop. Hi Patagonia is probably our favourite hostel yet! Gaston, the manager, is VERY knowledgable about the whole area and couldn´t have possibly been more helpful. He sat down and helped us plan our trip around the weather, as we were there in Orca season and Orcas are more likely to be seen in the right conditions. Day 1- Gaston hires his car out daily so we rented the car for the ... read more
Puerto Madryn Dolphin Trip!
Penguin pose
Punta Tombo




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