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Puerto Madryn, Argentina

The city of Puerto Madryn is in the north east of Chubut Province in the Patagonia region of Argentina. The city is on the shores of Gulfo Nuevo, a large deep-water bay of the Atlantic Ocean. The city is a popular summer destination for its beach. The beaches are beautiful though the water can be very cold and the wind impressive. The city has been growing rapidly in the last few years due mainly to the expanding tourism industry, fishing and Aluar-the aluminum refinery. Puerto Madryn is the gateway to nearby Peninsula Valdes.

Geography and climate

Puerto Madryn is situated in Chubut on the Golfo Nuevo, which is formed by the Valdés Peninsula and Punta Ninfas. The climate is that of a temperate desert zone, with annual precipitation of between 150 and 200 mm.

History

The town was founded on 28 July 1865, when 150 Welsh immigrants arriving aboard the clipper Mimosa named the... Read more

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

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The city of Puerto Madryn is in the north east of Chubut Province in the Patagonia region of Argentina. The city is on the shores of Gulfo Nuevo, a large deep-water bay of the Atlantic Ocean. The city is a popular summer destination for its beach. The beaches are beautiful though the water can be very cold and the wind impressive. The city has been growing rapidly in the last few years due mainly to the expanding tourism industry, fishing and Aluar-the aluminum refinery. Puerto Madryn is the gateway to nearby Peninsula Valdes.

Geography and climate

Puerto Madryn is situated in Chubut on the Golfo Nuevo, which is formed by the Valdés Peninsula and Punta Ninfas. The climate is that of a temperate desert zone, with annual precipitation of between 150 and 200 mm.

History

The town was founded on 28 July 1865, when 150 Welsh immigrants arriving aboard the clipper Mimosa named the natural port Porth Madryn in honor of Sir Love Jones-Parry, whose estate in Wales was named "Madryn". Conditions were difficult and the settlers had to dig irrigation ditches for their first crops.

The settlement grew as a result of the building of the Central Chubut Railway by Welsh, Spanish, and Italian immigrants. This line, opened in 1889, linked the town to Trelew via the lower Chubut River valley.

 


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Puerto Madryn, Argentina: Port Information


Cruise ships dock about 4 miles from Downtown. You can take a taxi. We don't recommend you to get there on foot since the area is unsafe.
There's free shuttle service from the gangway to the gate.

Get around Puerto Madryn, Argentina


Puerto Madryn has a city bus system. Taxis are numerous. Rental cars are available.

What to see in Puerto Madryn, Argentina


  • 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.
  • Often combined with a visit to Punta Tombo is a boat trip to spot the small black-and-white Commerson's dolphins. During the months of June through March.
  • 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, seventeen kilometers 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.
  • The EcoCentro is a great and modern marine interpretation center offering interactive information on marine life in the region. Located overlooking the gulf to the south of the city on Julio Verne 784.

What to do in Puerto Madryn, Argentina


  • 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.
  • Kiteboarding and windsurfing.
  • Diving in Gulfo Nuevo. The water has very good clarity and no current.
  • Horse riding
  • Ocean fishing

There are travel agencies that help tourists on their travel by giving advice on what to do:

  • Argentina Visión: located in Av. Roca 536, Puerto Madryn. 

What to eat and drink in Puerto Madryn, Argentina


Eat

There are many good seafood restaurants along the seafront where you might have lunch or dinner with a wonderful sea view. Almost all of them include a variety of menus. These include:

  • Cantina El Nautico, Av Roca 790 (On the corner of Roca and Leopoldo Lugones), ☎ +54 2965 471404.
  • Vernardinio.
  • Club Náutico.
  • Puerto Marisco.
  • El Paso. Mexican meals
  • Plácido. Italian seafood meals, offering gourmet dishes combined with a romantic atmosphere overlooking the sea. Here the prices are very high.
  • Estela. It specializes in “asado criollo” and is very popular with tourists. The prices in Estela are high.

Drink

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

Shopping in Puerto Madryn, Argentina


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

Safety in Puerto Madryn, Argentina


The area between the port and downtown is considered unsafe so it's better not to walk on foot from the ship to downtown. 
Use your common sense like in any other place.

Language spoken in Puerto Madryn, Argentina


Spanish is the main language.

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