in the Patagonian province of Chubut, is one of Argentina's
fastest growing cities. A deep water port, a commercial center, and a tourism
destination, Puerto Madryn is a popular resort destination for beaches, sports
and wildlife excursions.
Puerto Madryn is the gateway to the Península Valdés
, a wildlife sanctuary
for birds and marine species, including rheas, oystercatchers, flamingos, egrets,
whales, sea elephants, sea lions, Magellanic penguins, cormorants, petrels and
many other species of wildlife. See this map of Puerto Madryn and Península
In addition, Puerto Madryn has an interesting history. Long after Spanish explorers
landed, this area was also settled by Welsh colonists who left Great Britain
seeking autonomy for their culture and language. The original settlers came
ashore in July 1865 and named their first settlement Porth Madryn in honor of
Baron Madryn of Wales. Over time, the colonists spread and founded other towns,
maintaining their language, customs and architectural styles.
While other cities in the province retain much of their Welsh heritage, in Puerto
Madryn, only the street names remain.
Though Puerto Madryn has its own airport, most passengers arrive and depart
from the Trelew airport 39 mi (65 km) south. An interesting feature in the Trelew
airport is the plaque honoring Antoine de Saint Exupéry
who was the first
person to fly over the Valdes Peninsula.
Airport connections arrive and depart daily from Trelew
to other Argentine
National route 3
connects Trelew and Puerto Madryn, and then continues
north to other Argentine cities. Bus service from the Terminal de Omnibus goes
to Trelew, Río Gallegos, Buenos Aires, Córdoba, and other cities. Taxis and
car rental. Rental cars are useful for seeing Peninsula de Valdés at leisure
rather than keeping to a tour schedule.
Puerto Madryn is a cruise ship port of call as well as a commercial seaport.
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