Puerto Madryn, Argentina

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Fleeing the economic devastation of England's Industrial Revolution, Welsh settlers immigrated to Argentina in search of cheap land. Led by Viscount Madryn, one group of settlers sailed for Patagonia, founding the small city of Puerto Madryn in 1865. Life in Patagonia, however, was not easy. There were lonely prairies, brutally cold winters, and unrelenting winds. Still the Welsh survived, and today visitors can still see their legacy in Puerto Madryn and its surrounding communities.

Puerto Madryn is your gateway to one of South America's largest breeding grounds for birds and mammals - Tombo National Reserve.

Note: Temperatures fluctuate widely in Patagonia. Dress in warm layers, wear sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots and bring a waterproof jacket, hat and bottled water.

Roads outside Puerto Madryn are bumpy and dusty. Transportation are equipped for these conditions but do not offer customary tour amenities.

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  • Punta Tombo National Reserve Punta Tombo National Reserve

    Witness the awe-inspiring Magellanic penguin colony that migrates to this Atlantic peninsula every year to watch over their eggs.

  • Gaiman Gaiman

    Let your taste buds carry you away to the old Welsh town of Gaiman, where traditional Welsh tea houses scatter the quaint landscape among farms and Welsh-style homes.

  • Punta Loma Reserve Punta Loma Reserve

    A year-round haven for sunbathing South American sea lions, this Chubut reserve offers visitors a cliff-top glimpse into the fascinating world of these barking marine creatures.

  • Estancia San Guillermo Estancia San Guillermo

    A typical family-owned Patagonian ranch, Estancia San Guillermo offers sheep-shearing demonstrations as well as tours of the surrounding sand dunes and marine fossils that cover the landscape.

  • Peninsula Valdes Peninsula Valdes

    This Atlantic peninsula has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and serves as a protected nature reserve for seals and sea lions alike, as well as whales, penguins and a variety of birds.

  • Ecocentro Ecocentro

    Educating visitors about the ocean through science, music, literature and art, Ecocentro offers touch pools, captivating exhibits and commanding views of the sea - and sometimes even whales - below.

  • Paleontology Museum Paleontology Museum

    The most important paleontology museum in South America, it exhibits significant flora and fauna fossil samples from the Argentine Patagonia, each arranged according to scientific criteria so visitors can learn about various fossil sites. Dinosaur skeletons are also a big part of the many exhibits.

  • El Pedral Ranch El Pedral Ranch

    Perched near the edge of the picturesque Punta Ninfas promontory, this former sheep farm is the perfect place to begin your journey to the shoreside colony of elephant seals and Magellanic penguins.


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