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Puerto Madryn

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  • Day65

    Côte atlantique

    March 10 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Un très long trajet en bus nous attend, entrecoupé de quelques étapes pour dormir à plat et savourer un peu les plages de la côte atlantique argentine.
    Le bus part de nuit de Buenos Aires, au milieu des bouchons, dans ce traffic impossible. On roule durant deux heures toujours dans la capitale (c'est vertigineux ces bâtiments à perte de vue), puis brutalement, on quitte la ville et bascule dans la campagne, plaine ocre constellée de bouquets d'arbres verts qui brillent sous la pleine lune. On s'arrête parfois dans des gares très animées même à 3h du matin, où dans un demi-sommeil, on croit apercevoir des voyageurs comme des ombres irréelles, monter et descendre du bus.
    On est impressionné par le nombre de contrôles de police qu'on subit durant cette descente, avec contrôle des passeports et fouille des sacs, probablement à la recherche de drogue. On a même droit à une manifestation le long de la route, où des ouvriers brûlent des pneus et bloquent la circulation. Personne autour de nous ne sait exactement ce qu'ils revendiquent mais personne n'a l'air surpris, on prend son mal en patience, il nous reste encore 15 heures de route.
    Plus on descend vers le Sud, plus la végétation s'éclaircit, plus le relief s'aplanit. Encore quelques collines à l'approche de Comodoro Rivadavia, puis c'est la plaine parfaitement horizontale qui s'étale sous un horizon qui n'en finit plus. On se retrouve à rouler au coeur de la pampa, cette étendue sans limite, parsemée d'herbes rases et de buissons rares. Le matin colore en doré ces paysages immenses s'étirant des deux côtés de la route, et nous roulons toujours droit vers le Sud.
    Quand le bus arrive enfin vers la frontière, nous sommes tellement ivres de fatigue qu'on en oublie presque de descendre. On finit par faire la queue pour contrôler les bagages et recevoir notre visa sur le passeport.
    Ça y est, la frontière est franchie, nous voici au Chili !
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  • Day20

    Day 17 - North to Puerto Madryn

    January 15, 2019 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

  • Day25

    Puerto Madryn, porte de la Patagonie

    January 29 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Hier au soir, soirée Cléopatre au théatre. Très belle revue avec plein de costumes et de lumières. Mais alors, pourriez vous m'expliquer pourquoi tous les ballets se sont déroulés sur de la musique irlandaise??? Quoi que, maintenant on change juste les costumes et c'est soirée O'Connor! Il n'y a pas de petites économies.

    Ce matin, arrivée le long d'une immense jetée construite en plein au milieu de la plage. Très pratique pour les passagers, on peut tout faire à pied. Deux bateaux à quai ce matin, donc... environ 4.000 personnes qui débarquent.
    Puerto Madryn c'est, comment dire, Port la nouvelle à Pâques, un jour de Cers. Un front de mer bétonné, sans âme, et des rues rectilignes formant des blocs carrés comme aux states. Mais heureusement tout celà prend vie l'après-midi (vacances et beau temps, même frais). Nous avons fait une grande ballade le long de la plage, avec un polaire, et sommes allés jusqu'à la place du général Jose Rodriguez Dolores. Puis quelques rues commerçantes sans magnet et après un dernier arrêt sur l'esplanade, nous avons rejoint le Magnifica pour le déjeuner.

    Je ne vous ai pas encore parlé de nos condisciples marins. Pas de changement sur le comportement général, toujours des grincheux et des clans par pays. Et parfois même des clans grincheux. La courtoisie n'est pas forcément de mise.
    Néanmoins, afin de ne pas noircir trop un tableau qui ne le mérite pas, il y a aussi pas mal de gens sympas qui savent sourire et dire « bonjour-au revoir-pardon-merci... ». Et même ce matin, alors que nous étions au petit déjeuner, un monsieur charment est spontanément venu nous demander si tout allait bien et si on partait en excursion. C'est dire.
    Et puis, il y a ceux que l'on repère et que l'on a baptisés: le gitan, Arielle Domballe, Christine Lagarde, le Ravi, Gérard Colomb, la concierge (ravissante le matin en peignoir avec ses bigoudis et une charlotte sur la tête), Jesus Christ, l'homme de bois, le viking ... Et quelques personnalités fortes: une ancienne Agent d'assurance un peu excentrique mais très cool, une poupée Barbie (plutôt sa mère) très cool également. Hier soir, soirée habillée j'ai failli tomber dans son décolleté! Heureusement Marie m'a retenu.

    Cet après-midi, escroquerie que je ne manquerai pas de signaler: excursion de 2h30 qui dure en fait 2h, juste le temps de voir 10 phoques sur un bout de plage avec rien autour (il est vrai que pour les phoques...). La pampa je vous dis! 1h à glander avant de reprendre le car (pourri) pour à nouveau 15 Km de piste (!) Sono épouvantable et pas de guide français. Le pauvre accompagnateur a fait ce qu'il a pu pour traduire... mais il est italien. Quant au tour de ville prévu... Et ben non!
    Pas mal de français étaient un peu désabusés mais bon, on reste courtois.
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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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  • Day8

    Puerto Madryn, Argentina

    January 31 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 77 °F

    Puerto Madryn is a coastal city in northern Patagonia. It is located on a large, quiet bay.
    This is a nice respite before heading out to sea on our way to the Falkland Islands.
    It is a pleasant city of about 70,000. Empanadas are still the food of choice here as has been since we arrived in Argentina. Just an observation-the empanadas we’ve had in the past were deep fat fried and not always our favorite as they seemed greasy. The empanadas in this part of the world are beautifully baked to a light golden color and very delicious.
    We received our parkas yesterday for our stop in Antarctica next week. It is difficult to imagine wearing that since it is 87 right now.
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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 ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    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

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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