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Puerto Madryn, Argentina Travel Information

Commerson Dolphin in Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Commerson Dolphin in Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn (Porth Madryn in Welsh) is a deep water port & tourist center (approximately 58,000 local residents) located in Chubut province of Argentina.

It is the gateway to the Península Valdés, a popular whale-watching area and wildlife sanctuary.

Declared a World Natural Heritage site in 1999, wildlife species that may be encountered when visiting the Península Valdés include: rheas (flightless birds), oystercatchers, flamingos, egrets, whales, sea elephants, sea lions, Magellan penguins, cormorants and petrels (tube-nosed seabirds).

American Rhea (Rhea americana in Spanish) Flightless Birds

Tonina Overa such as you see in the photograph above (Commerson’s Dolphin in English) are commonly seen frolicking in the waters of the Atlantic near Puerto Madryn.

On the outskirts of the city are reconstructed remains of the mud huts on the beach that the original Welsch settlers (1862) built for shelter.

On a boat named the Candelaria and sailing south, a storm blew them off-course into the bay that is now known as Puerto Madryn. There is a small heritage museum with original photographs and artifacts from these early settlers in this location also.

Carrying the Welsch Flag of Patagonia

El Tehuelche Airport is located 10 km (6.2 miles) northwest of the downtown with domestic flights from Buenos Aires, Ushuaia and other Argentinian cities available. There is an International airport at Trelew – 67 km (41 miles) away called Almirante Zar. Taxi and shuttle services between the two towns are available.

Nearby Tourist Attractions:

Península Valdés – Patagonia, Argentina
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