The Land of the Penguins
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Stayed in a savage hostel in Puerto Madryn called the Hi Patagonia. The staff were a great help and even helped us organise our last minute bus ticket (how were we supposed to know you needed to book these things). We did two tours, the first to the Valdes Penisula. We went whale watching and were fortunate to spot a mother and her calf after about 20 minutes at sea. It is the end of the whale season, and there is only about 50 whales left around the area. In September there were 2000 whales. Also on the peninsula we saw a small penguin colony and a very impressive elephant seal colony. It seemed to stretch forever!
We also made the trip down to Punta Tombo (the largest Magellin penguin colony in the world). 500,000 penguins in total, every where you stepped there was penguin poo....one even relieved himself in front of us. Glad to see the penguins are comfortable around humans! The colony stretches for 16km of coast. Next we did some dolphin spotting in Rawson, they were quick and we only managed to get a few snaps of them. We stopped in Gaimen (a welsh settlement) on the way back.
We left Puerto Madryn at 9.45pm at night and arrived in Bariloche at 1.45pm the next afternoon. Traveled with Andesmar and it was savage comfty (they´re no Bus Eireann though!!!!)