Puerto Madryn, 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 Valdés.

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.

Getting There

By air
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 cities.

By land
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.

By sea
Puerto Madryn is a cruise ship port of call as well as a commercial seaport.

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