- Encounters with locals
- Beach / Seaside Resort
- Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
Puerto Madryn is a seaside town of 60,000 inhabitants on the Golfo Nuevo. It's a town that was built recently and doesn't have any particular charm. But I like its long sandy beaches, even if the ocean water is glacial.
You have to go through Puerto Madryn if you want to go to Punta Tombo penguin reserve, 170 km to the south, or to the famous Valdès Peninsula, to the east. This last, which is a 360,000 hectare paradise of animal life, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the ideal destination for family holidays.
Because the main reason for coming to the region is to see the animal life make sure you check up when they are there before you come, otherwise you may be disappointed.
Puerto Madryn was one of my favourite places during my trip to Argentina and is one of my best souvenirs. I am passionate about nature and animal life so the things I saw and felt there made Puerto Madryn like paradise for me.
The town is pleasant, relaxed, beautifully placed by the sea and has everything that tourists need for a nice stay.
Puerto Madryn is the place to stay if you want to visit the Valdès Peninsula. If you go to Argentina between September and November then you absolutely must visit this magnificent region because its has an incredibly diverse marine life. Everything from whale watching on the beach to sightings of orcas, dolphins, sea lions, penguins, birds...
If you are visiting the Valdes Peninsula for just one day then head for Punta Norte for a chance to see orcas and whales. And don't forget to go and watch the Tonina dolphins at Playa Union.
If you just want a base from which to do different visits, Puerto Madryn is a nice town that I really enjoyed staying in during my trip to Argentina.
It's the ideal base for the numerous activities that you can do in the area. Welsh Trelew, Punta Tombo's penguins, whales on the Valdés Peninsula, dolphins, mountain biking, canoeing, diving, other water sports... there's something for everyone at Puerto Madryn, whether you are travelling with your family or looking for an athletic holiday.
The ideal period to see the wild life is between September and November. The rest of the year you can find a good account of the local marine life in the Ecocentro.