Into the Heart of Patagonia!
Puerto Madryn Travel Blog› entry 17 of 34 › view all entries
November 19th, 2007 – by: jemanderica
Our first impressions were that it is a very tidy, pretty and clean place and again, it was very different to what you might perceive a Latin American town to be like - our hostel owner´s comment that "Latin America finishes with a line from Cordoba (a city in Northern Argentina) and Europe starts". I think that we would probably agree with that.
OUr first trip was to Peninsula Valdes to go whale watching.
We then moved-on to the Elephant Seal colonies and the Magellenic Penhuin colonies on the other side of the peninsular. It was great to see such animals in their natural environment and it was so incredibly peaceful there - very few other tourists around. Both the penguins and the seals were so awkard looking out of the water, but one they slipped-in to the sea, they loved around so quickly and gracefully.
The next day we visited Punta Tomba to visit the biggest colony of penguins in the Americas. WE were also fortunate that it was one of 5 days of the year that there are eggs hatching, which was a phenomenal sight. To be able to stand withing touching distance (although you wouldn´t dare try, because despite their gentle demeanour and their funny waggle, they have razor-sharp bills and are exceptionally protective of their young!) was a great.
Sadly, we couldn´t go dolphin watching because of the winds and the rough seas, although instead we went to the Welsh settlement town of Gaiman.
Gaiman was a funny little place (again, like Puerto Madryn it was very quaint) with a very distinctive look to the buildings. We visited 2 chapels, the first house constructed in Gaiman and also an original tea-house, where Jeremy unashamedly had a real go at the "all the cake you can eat" policy, although at least we didn´t have to buy any dinner that night!
On our "free day" we hired bikes and set-out on the 34km trip to Punta Lobos to see the Sea Lion colony,
however the weather changed so dramatically that it became dangerous to continue cycling due to the high
winds and so we turned-back (like other cyclists we saw!).
Our next stop from Puerto Madryn is El Calafate (with another 24 hour plus bus journey!), which will be
about as far south (in Argentina) that we will be going. THe trip onwards to Ushuaia is just a little
way out of reach with the time we have left and the distances we have to coverto see other things!
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