Blogs from Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina, South America - page 3


South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn January 27th 2012

As we got off the plane in Trelew, we were greeted by high gusts of hot wind and views of endless pampas. Pampas are dry grasslands, almost SW desert-like, that make up nearly the entirety of Patagonia, save the southern tip of Ushuaia and the Andes mountain range. Riding the hour long shuttle from Trelew to Puerto Madryn, we began to ask ourselves, why are we here? We asked the same question again upon entereing the uncharasmatic, dusty, windswept town of Puerto Madryn. The hostel we stayed at was surprisingly very nice. An open, but protected center courtyard of green grass with a hammock, chairs and tables, and potted flowers surrounding it. All the receptionists were very nice and informative of the various excursions available and where all the essential amentities were in town. Although we ... read more
Chloe and the Coast
Puerto Madryn coast

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn December 27th 2011

Hello from Argentina! Finally off the boat after three days at Sea including Christmas and crossing Cape Horn. In Punta Arenas, I managed to go on a tour to Pinguiterria, a penguin colony in the coldest place on earth! Walked into a side street tour agent who had no tours for the day, but called an old boy who came in his own car and drove me the 70km to the colony, giving an overview of everything on the Island on the way. He also drove like a Chilean Colin McCrae which was pretty interesting when he made a full tour bus tilt wildy going past the edge of the road while he held the centre line. Good blood pumping stuff. Scott of the Antarctic has never been to Pinguiterria, otherwise he never would have continued ... read more

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn October 12th 2011

So Patagonia has been a lot different than Cordoba. Cordoba was filled with strange people from all over the world. For example: The first person we met was the manager of the hostel, who was Brazilian. He liked me because I could speak Portuguese with him. But then 20 minutes after meeting him, he was talking to me and my friends and he whipped out this huge mushroom and was like ¨here´s a shroom for you guys¨ and we were like ¨oh cool....where´d you get it?¨and he said he picked it. And we were like, ¨oh okay, you picked it in a¨ and he said ¨NO not the forest--the MOUNTAINS¨ and then we were like oh yeahhhh okay totally legit.......NOT. But here has been interesting in a much more CLASSY way. I went whale watching ... read more

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn August 27th 2011

Puerto Madryn After 20 hours and two buses we made it up to the coastal town of Puerto Madryn. The first 4 hours of the journey saw snow covered landscapes, the next 16 hours the landscape did not change from deserted flat plains. We saw our first Southern Right Whale the same day we arrived and they just kept coming! You could see them from the beach and walk along the pier where a mother and her calf swam beneath us at one point. We spent many hours on whale patrol on the pier! We also woke up for high tide and headed to a beach 20km away where the whales venture as close as 15m to the sand. It is an amazing feeling running along side a whale - a little bit hard due to ... read more
The road ahead
Vicuna in the snow
Will losing terribly at cards....again

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn July 24th 2011

Our nearest and dearest, who may have become encouraged at the news of us booking ahead and the prospect of us becoming a more planful pair, will be disappointed. Our forward planning has got us into a bit of a pickle. We have tickets for specific seats, on a specific bus, scheduled to depart on a specific date......and the bus has been cancelled. Snow has blocked the main road south. We´re told to try tomorrow, but are worried that even if tomorrow´s bus is running, we won´t be guaranteed seats, so we insist on being issued new tickets with dedicated seat numbers. The extra day does at least mean to get to visit the whales again (and gives the camera another battery-sapping outing). We´re joined by two others from the hostel, so share a taxi to ... read more

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn July 24th 2011

We swot up on the differences between seals and sea-lions at the local ecocentre, in readiness for our sea-kayak trip. We´re picked up from our hostel by our guide, Juani, and are pleased to discover that we´re his only passengers. Our kayaks are not among the five vessels officially permitted to take tourists whale-watching, so we duly make our promises to Juani that, should we come across said mammals, we will close our eyes and start paddling in the other direction... It´s a 15km drive on gravel roads to the launch point - a deserted beach. The sun is not long up and the sea is perfectly still. We´re excited to be in the great outdoors again after almost two weeks of city life and are looking forward to our adventure. We get kitted up, and ... read more
Open water
Sea lions
Elephant Seals

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn July 24th 2011

We have a chilled few nights on the coast - enjoying walks on the beach and fresh sea food. We occasionally spot pods of whales as we walk, flashing their fins at us from various points along the cove. But we know this is only an appetizer for the excursions to come, which will take us up close and personal to the wildlife. The hostel is quiet. There´s an old guitar lying about and Iv has a jam with Harri - a Dominanc Republic author here to promote his book - and a second Gaston who works the the late shift at the hostel (we were beginning to wonder whether the hostel had highly discrimanatory employment practices, but this is disproved when we met Virginia, who covers the morning shift). Gaston cooks a prawn feast for ... read more

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn July 17th 2011

Buses are the most pòpular way to travel in South America. Flights are expensive and in shorter supply. Bus travel follows an airline model - understandable given the distances. There´s first class and economy, they serve drinks and meals, and they show films. Our first trip is a twenty hour job to Patagonia, which leaves BA at 9pm. Even economy class has pretty good reclining loungers, and we cwtch up and soon fall asleep (despite the B-rate movie flashing over the TV screens). As dawn breaks we are exposed to a transformed landscape - mile upon mile of flat, barren semi-desert scrubland. If we strain our eyes we can spot amongst the low lying scrub a few cattle or horses. The farms out here are vast - averaging 7,000 to 10,000 hectares. It must be a ... read more
Beach walks

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn May 24th 2011

There is a pretty good argument that mountains, gorges and rivers have it easy in the scenic stakes. They just have to be. Even deserts have the chance to stack up fairly well – although, as far as I know, there are no actual deserts in Patagonia. But flat, brown expanses of plains covered with short shrubs have a very tough time of it. For a region that includes Torres del Paine, the Lakes District , the Perito Moreno, Upsalla and Spegazzini Glaciers as well as part of the Andes, it is probably unfair to take away an overall impression of Patagonia being flat and uniformly brown. But that is what most of it is. And, for me, it's up there with the most beautiful parts of the world. Flat, brown lands do need be something ... read more
Cloud bridge
Patagonian Estancia

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Puerto Madryn May 14th 2011

several of you have emailed about the new format of this blog site. Just to confirm that if you look in Guestbook (to the right of the home page) that is where you can add/view comments! Not a request for more comments, more a helpful tip! (hopefully!!) xx ... read more

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