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Puerto Madryn

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  • Day20

    Day 17 - North to Puerto Madryn

    January 15 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    We slept in somewhat (to 7:00, after several days getting up early for sights) and did breakfast. We're steaming north across the open Atlantic, making for tomorrow's port, Puerto Madryn.

    The cruise had two enrichment programs this morning. One was on seals and sea lions, how to distinguish them and where to find them. The other on what to do and see in Puerto Madryn. We had been disappointed that there weren't more programs earlier in the cruise and I turned in a comment from mentioning that. The programs were good and welcome.

    The weather was getting warmer and the seas quite calm as we continued north out in the Atlantic. We sat out on the very forward upper deck watching for whales. Many people had spotted them but we'd not. There was little wind and the sun was bright so it was actually hot sitting there. We spotted a couple of spouts a ways off but no sure sighting.

    Went for something light at the buffet. The buffet is always busy and interesting. Interesting for the food. The buffet has over a dozen serving tables and features a constantly changing selection of food. Some serving tables feature ethnic cuisine (American, Indian, Asian, Mexican, among them). There's a salad bar (or two), a bread table, and two beverage stations (coffee, tea, water and some juices). Although the buffet publishes hours for meals, in actuality, it's always open. As the staff clears out one meal serving, it is also laying out th the next. Even overnight, the beverage stations are open. The other interesting part of the buffet is the people. We almost always share a table and chat with those around us - most everyone is willing to chat. We've talked with folks from Sweden, South Africa, India. Poland, Chile, Argentina, Cananda, and more. Always interesting.

    The evening show was another high energy performance by the cruise's performance troupe. The did a Mozart-themed show with dance, singing, and acrobatics. It was sort of a fusion of Broadway meets Circque de Soleil. Very good, especially given the small stage.

    Another enjoyable dinner with our table mates and to bed.

    Tomorrow Puerto Madryn.
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  • Day15

    Puerto Madryn

    December 24, 2018 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    A very sheltered harbor port that has just grown in leaps and bounds the past decade. Lovely seaside city about the size of Tauranga, here in Patagonia. Very warm 29C this avo. It looks pretty much desert beyond the city and very dry where we walked too. Apparently a big dairy industry is growing here - perhaps this is where our neighbor John has been consulting to the Argentinians? Penguins whales seals all frequent the area.Read more

  • Day85

    Puerto Madryn

    December 15, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Vanuit Buenos Aires hebben we de bus genomen naar Puerto Madryn, maar het was deze keer nog niet zo makkelijk om de juiste bus te vinden. We hadden namelijk een ticket gekocht bij Andesmar en die hebben blauwe bussen. Op borden stond geen Andesmar en het was toch al echt bijna vertrektijd. Toch maar even navragen bij het verkooploket, waar echt een hele chagrijnige meneer zat, en die zei nee je reist vandaag met Tramat en die hebben een gele bus....hoe kunnen wij dit nu weer weten??? Maar goed we zijn op tijd vertrokken.

    De reis zelf was niet heel boeiend overigens, want het landschap was behoorlijk eenzijdig met in het begin alleen maar landbouw en later steppe gebied. Welkom op de pampa van Argentinië. Koud uit de bus kwamen in het hostel aan de praat met twee Nederlandse jongens Colin en Wessel. Zij hadden die dag nog een auto gehuurd om richting Peninsula Valdes te gaan. Aangezien dit de hoofdreden was om hier naar toe te komen, zijn we graag ingestapt om het schiereiland te bewonderen.

    Een eiland mag je het al bijna niet meer noemen, want een rondje is al gauw 300km. Maar dan heb je wel een supermooi natuurpark. Hier worden namelijk de Discovery Channel beelden geschoten van orka's die op het strand aanspoelen om zeehondjes op te eten. Helaas zaten we hiervoor niet in het juiste seizoen en de walvissen zijn alvast richting Antarctica gegaan om alles klaar te zetten voor onze komst later deze maand. We hebben wel zeehonden (de zeehond op de foto zwaaiden enthousiast naar ons terug), zeeleeuwen, gordeldieren, pinguïns, lama's, emoe's en een vogelspin gezien. Vooral het gordeldier zijn we heel erg blij mee!!! Doet het gemis van de orka's wel een beetje vergeten;-). En daarnaast nog een boel vogels waarvan de namen niet weten...

    Gesloopt van de vorige intensieve dag hebben de volgende dag een fiets gehuurd en zijn we langs de kust een lekker stukje gaan fietsen om nog meer zeehonden te gaan bekijken. Het eerste deel was nog verhard en later onverhard, maar met mountainbikes zou dit geen probleem moeten zijn. Totdat Robert lekker enthousiast een offroad route koos en het grind onder Ellen's fiets toch wel wat los bleek te zitten. Met een kleine schaafplek aan haar voet zijn we maar weer veilig over de hoofdweg teruggegaan.

    Aangezien een pinguïn de mascotte van onze reis is, mogen we een van de grootste pinguïnkolonies van Zuid-Amerika natuurlijk niet overslaan. Nu hadden we zelf een auto gehuurd, maar iets over de helft van de heenreis kwamen we erachter dat de benzine toch iets harder ging dan gedacht en we het voorlopig laatste tankstation een half uurtje eerder voorbij gereden waren. Omkeren, auto tanken en starten om weer weg te gaan...Alleen toen deed de auto niets meer. Je geeft uiteraard eerst een ander eerst de schuld dus we dachten dat de pompbediende diesel had getankt in plaats van benzine, maar daar kwamen we al snel achter dat dit niet de oorzaak was. De accu bleek helemaal leeg te zijn, omdat we tijdens het tanken de lichten hadden laten aanstaan (wat we achteraf hoorde, en wat de normaalste zaak blijkt te zijn met deze auto.. Bedankt voor het melden aan ons). Met geen vertrouwen meer in de auto en met de hulp van de vriendelijke mensen van het tankstation die hielpen met aanduwen, zijn we terug gegaan naar het verhuurbedrijf om ons geld terug te vragen. Nou die strijd win je dus nooit en wij ook niet..... Helaas hebben we dus geen pinguïns die dag gezien, maar dat gaat vast nog wel goed komen de komende weken.

    Tijd om het verhuurdebakel maar weer snel te vergeten en door te reizen naar onze volgende bestemming Villa Carlos Paz.
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  • Day22

    Puerto Madryn - Nautica Bistro de Mar

    January 22, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ 🌙 -5 °C

    Nach erneuten 19 Stunden Busfahrt sitzen wir glücklich und erschöpft am Atlantik. Die Argentinier sind auch schon alle da, das Bier ist kalt und schmeckt. Ab jetzt werden noch mehr Tiere geguckt.

    23.01.2017
    Heute schön ausgeschlafen, einen großen Haufen Kleidung zur Wäscherei gebracht (abends ist das hier schon wieder fertig) und den ganzen Strand bis zum Ende durchspaziert. Waren 3 Stunden unterwegs und hatten in der Zeit einen treuen Begleiter, der uns vor Strandgästen, Fahrradfahrern und Autos beschützt hat - einen schwarzen Hund mit einem Auge. Aber trotzdem süß. War zeitweise etwas anstrengend, weil die Leute dachten er gehört uns und böse geschaut und teilweise auch geschimpft haben, als er auf sie zugerannt ist und wie wild gebellt hat. Aber hey, wenn jemand für uns den Man in Black spielen will, dann halten wir ihn nicht ab.

    Und wie so oft auf unserer Reise: Der Hundi stand ziemlich auf David. Er ist ihm sogar zum Pinkeln in den Busch gefolgt. Also der Hund David.
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  • Day33

    Y Wladfa

    March 23, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    We spent a day in Puerto Natales after the trek just sitting around the hostel doing the least possible. Having done the trek we blossomed into advice givers for the few in the hostel that had just arrived.

    A particular young dutch man was set on doing the trek with a ton of food with no equipment to cook it. His plan was to bribe others with choclate to use theirs. We gently advised at least buying a stove as free gas could be found in most campsites if his plan fell through!

    After another long bus journey we've arrived in Puerto Madryn. Here we are lucky enough to be hosted by Maelor and Sonia, a couple who speak Welsh, and have stayed in Eifionydd before whilst visiting Wales. We're staying in one of their lovely flats not far from the seafront. The perfect place to unwind and relax for a couple of days after the first hectic month of travelling.

    Exploring the area we've found a statue commemorating the Welsh settlers and the caves the settlers created as shelter when they first arrived. By the caves we bumped into a couple of Welsh girls from Caernarfon, Gwennan is the girlfriend of Osian from Llanuwchllyn. Byd bach!

    Entering the museum I was delighted to be welcomed in Welsh by the staff member who had only been learning Welsh for 1 month. An interesting museum it have the account of the first few settlers including a murder attempt!

    Afterwards we enjoyed a lovely tea with Maelor and Sonia in their flat overlooking the seafront, and Maelor helped us buy bus tickets onwards to Gaiman due to our pitiful Spanish!
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  • Day108

    Travelling South

    March 15, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 88 °F

    I wake at 7 and can honestly say ive had a pretty good sleep. We are served breakfast and I cannot wait to have a cigarette. The bus pulls into the station shortly after 10 and while we wait for the bags to be offloaded , Mark makes an attempt to try and find our directions from here to the hostel. Bags collected we opt for a taxi which costs us 2 quid so is well worth it after the long journey. We arrive at the hostel and were really pleasantly surprised it is really nice. We need to make the most of our time here so we stow our bags and hire a couple of bikes. There is so much to do here that walking just isn't going to get us there quick enough. The cycle along the coastline is wonderful, there is a nice breeze which is good as the sun is really Warm , and after the journey is think we would be collapsing without it. This area was the first settlement for the Welsh settlers back in 1867 and there are lots of historical areas here as well as the names of places that show this, they even have the Welsh flag flying along the Argentinian one. We cycle to the end of the peninsula in hope of seeing elephant seals, but to no avail, ah well maybe tomorrow. Mark is not feeling well, the 20 hrs of air conditioning have written him off so we go back to the hostel ans he goes ro bed. Theyre are two Argentinians sharing our room Mateus and Marie , they invite me to eat with them, as Mark will not be eating tonight. They cook homemade pizza which is delicious and after dinner i treat myself to a bath .... yes a bath, I havent had one since I left england , although a little improvisation is in order as for some reason they dont have plugs here. I look around the room and think maybe i need to look for some sort of material to block the plug hole. Then i have a brainwave .... my little pot of vaseline is the ideal size , i place it over the plug hole turn on the shower and wait, the bath fills up perfectly although i cant see for the steam , and with a good squirt of shower gel the scene is set. I lay in it for nearly half an hour and for the first time in a long time my bones are relaxed . I will head to bed as we will have an early start tomorrow, we have a trip booked to see the Orca whales (well maybe, no guarantees) .Read more

  • Day109

    We Found Penguins!

    March 16, 2016 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 77 °F

    Today we have a tour booked and when the guide comes to pick us up we are only wearing shorts and t shirts, he suggests we go and grab some warmer clothes. To be fair the wether is not great, last night a fog descended on the town and this morning is still hanging. Most of our clothes are in the laundry so i grab the thin jumper with a hole in it and my waterroof jacket and off we go . There are 4 italians a couple of argentinians a couple of germans and an english girl . It is an hours drive to the entrance and when we arrive the fog is still thick and it is freezing. We wander around for a short time and inside the centre is a skeleton of an orca whale. The rest of the journey is via a dirt track and to say that its hellraising would be an understatement. We make several stos along the way,. The first stop lets us of and as we walk along the small path and we cant beleive it the is a small group of penguins. To see these creatures in their natural enviroment is breathtaking and i cant describe how this makes me feel to see them free. Its a crazy idea that i have that penguins like the cold and trot around on ice all day as this is really not the case they have holes in the ground like rabbit burrows that they return to every year to lay their eggs. The males play a big part as they take they're turn on minding over the eggs, doing the hard work of digging the holes because sometimes theybreturn to find theyre burrows have collapsed and they have to start from scratch. We move further along the coast to find groups of elephant seals lying on the beach they are mainly pups and a few adolescent ones as they dont become full adults until they are 10 yrs old. When they are fully grown they can spend upto 9 months in the sea feeding and preparing to mate. The trip also features sightings of armadillos, rheas, birds of prey and playful sealions. After severall stops our final one wiĺl be at punto norte where we have our best opportunity to see the orca whales. As we stop my heart races at the anticipation of seeing these amazing mammals in action, that will be brought to the beach in the anticipation of feeding on the seal pups who are in the water learning to swim with their mothers. One pup seal in particular is struggling to get a grasp of the swimming and its ironic that his nievity could get him eaten. We wait aroud for over an hour, but to no avail and in a way im glad not to have witnessed motger natures cruel ways, but a little dissapointed to have not seen an Orca, for now i will have to leave this to David Attenborough, but having seen all the animals i have in their natural environment leaves me warm inside. We arriive back to the hostel and I prepare dinner for us and Marie and Maty just a carbornara with a bit of salad but its delicious , a little practice of spanish and my bed is calling as tomorrow we are going Welsh.Read more

  • Day32

    The Tail

    September 11, 2017 ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    On Friday we went on a spectacular trip to the Peninsula Valdes, a nature reserve that was once under the sea. The earth there is made up of sand and grit, and volcanic ash that drifted from distant places when the water still covered it. There is no fresh water - drinking water has to be pumped via pipeline from Puerto Madryn. Consequently, the flora and fauna is quite unique in that the plants and animals have to survive on limited rain water (it doesn't rain much) or be able to eat salty stuff. To enter the reserve, we had to pay a fee, in the same way that you have to pay to get into the Sacred Valley in Peru, but here in Argentina, foreigners pay double. As a result, the area is completely protected and sparsely populated. There is the occasional building, but mainly of an agricultural or scientific nature, and the ranch style restaurant where we ate lunch.

    First stop on our minibus tour was Puerto Piramides, a tiny town with a small bay (Punto Piramide) where we caught the boat, or 'sheep', as the guide liked to refer to it, to see the whales. And we certainly got up close and personal with these gnarly beasts. I remarked to Chris before we set out, that the 'money shot' would be a tail out of the water, not really expecting this to happen. The first picture I got was just that, and it seemed all too easy to see this awe-inspiring sight. The captain of the ship would spot them from his cab and gently motor up to them, before turning off the engine. According to the guide, the whales are just as curious about us as we are about them, and so it appeared, because they happily continued splashing, diving, swimming, and generally 'enjoying themselves' as close to the boat as we thought it possible for them to get, given their great size. Almost close enough to reach out and touch, so close that we could count their barnacles, see up their nostrils and feel the mist of their spout spray. The whales only travel to this area to breed. The adults do not even interrupt the fun to eat - they have stocked up for months elsewhere before swimming to the bays of the peninsula. Consequently, we mainly saw families, mothers and babies, and even saw two mating. "Can you see the penis?" the guide kept saying, "It's pink". Chris said he did. He fibbed - you wouldn't think you could miss something as big as a whale penis, but we did! What we did see however, was an unusual, grey-coloured family pod, one of which had darker spots on its fin like an haricot bean.

    Next we drove along the stone road that runs horizontally across the south of the peninsula. Here the 'bus ranger guide' pointed out the most amazing wildlife. We saw the guanaco, the largest of the camelid family (the group that includes alpaca, llamas and vicuña), herds of them. They have the colour and elegance of a vicuña, but the height and breadth of a llama or alpaca. We also saw the mara, an animal that is a little like a guinea pig, but has long back legs that give it the appearance and movement of a rabbit, but they are large, bigger than a hare. The first one the guide pointed out to us happened to be running by a tiny white owl that was perched on a bit of scrub nearby. See pic.

    We briefly stopped at a viewing point, to see the sand spits that connect the peninsula with the mainland, and to see the elephant seals that live there from afar, but our final stop was for lunch, at a beautiful farm restaurant, surrounded by a ground cover of autumn-coloured succulents and saw-edged cacti (with a model of a dinosaur out the back). Here we ate the most delicious lamb stew, before walking across a moorland ridge, and over the edge of a sand dune, to a shelf like area a few metres above the beach which was crowded with elephant seals - sunbathing, or covering themselves in sand with their flippers. We slowly made our way back up the steep sand cliff before heading home, first across another stone road higher up the peninsular, and finally, the main road, back to Puerto Madryn.

    What a tale to tell!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Puerto Madryn, Madrynhȳð, بويرتو مادرين, Porth Madryn, Πουέρτο Μάδριν, پورتو مادرین, פוארטו מדרין, Պուրետո Մադրին, PMY, Puerto Madrinas, Пуэрто-Мадрин, 馬德林港

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