A Couple Days in Puerto Madryn, Argentina

A few days ago we left the big city of Buenos Aires and headed to the town of Puerto Madryn. Puerto Madryn is a beautiful seaside town located only a stone’s throw from the Peninsula Valdés and is also located right in the middle of one of the largest whale breeding bays in the world.

About Puerto Madryn

Puerto Madryn is a place where you can come watch whales swimming with their young ones meters from the shore.  If you’re a whale lover, this should be number one on your bucket list.

But, Puerto Madryn has so much more to offer than just whales. You can see the largest seal in the world- the Elephant Seal.  Elephant Seals grow as large as 4000kg and as long as 4m! Besides these two giant beasts, Puerto Madryn also offers the chance to see Penguins, Orcas, and visitors can even swim with Sea Lions.

An armadillo and elephant seals in Peninsula Valdes

Tour to the Penninsula Valdes

As an animal lover, this wildlife mecca didn’t disappoint. We booked a tour which was a full day out to the Peninsula Valdes where we first enjoyed some whale watching, we were lucky enough to catch a mother with her baby who was born only a few months earlier.

We then headed off to a beach where the Elephant Seals mate and hang on the beach waiting to shed their fur for another few months in the ocean.  These guys were amazing to see (although they don’t move much) we spent a long time watching them.

After that, we went to Bailey’s favorite place, the Penguins! We got the opportunity to get within 1m of these beautiful animals and see them nurturing their nests (and some just struggling to stand with the extreme winds.)  It was unfortunate that there were no babies hatched yet, but it was a good experience nonetheless.

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We also saw Llamas, Rheas (similar to Emus), and an Armadillo.

Tours start at 1200 ARS for a full day.

Magellanic Penguins in Peninsula Valdes

Swimming with the Sea Lions

Unluckily, with the bad winds, we were unable to swim with the Sea Lions. From what we heard from other travelers it was an incredible experience. Sea Lions are described as the dogs of the sea – being so playful and curious it’s something we are planning to do in Peru (although they are said to be the friendlier in Puerto Madryn.) So, if your ever in the area this would be my number one thing to do, seeing animals is one thing but being able to interact with them is a whole different experience.

Swimming with the Sea Lions will set you back 1800 ARS.

In Lima, Peru we eventually got to swim with Sea Lions. Read about it here!

Where to stay in Puerto Madryn

We stayed at a hostel called La Tosca, it’s a well looked after hostel with great staff and two kitchens (perfect for the travelers on a budget as this area of South America is really expensive in comparison to the rest.)Food at the supermarket is the way to go for meals as it is comparable to Australian prices (a meal at a restaurant will cost about 200-350 ARS).

The hostel set us back 250 ARS which is about $10 USD per night per person.

The South of this continent has already offered so much and tomorrow we start our journey to the Torres del Paine, it’s known as one of the highlights of this beautiful region and I can’t wait to explore it and enjoy the crisp clean air.

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