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Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Fast Facts
Scuba Diving
Tourist Attractions
Kid-Friendly Hotels
Family-Friendly Tours




Points of Interest Nearby
Family Travel Tips

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Puerto Madryn is a great place for families to experience and explore. Not only is this Atlantic coast town - some 1,400 km (870 miles) south of Buenos Aires - a departure point for area sea life excursions and paleontology tours, Puerto Madryn is a family travel destination in its own right. Snorkel and scuba in the cold waters of Gulfo Nuevo. Hike coastal paths and steppe trails. Kayak round the peninsula. Relax on sandy beaches. Visit Ecocentro and learn about the sea and its life. Travel north to Peninsula Valdes and watch southern sea life - southern elephant seals, Magellanic penguins, dolphins, southern right whales and Orcas - as well as numerous species of birds. Travel south to Trelew and learn about Argentina's dinosaurs. Follow the coast to Punta Loma and watch sea lions frolic. The journey to Puerto Madryn, a two hour flight or twenty hour bus trip from Buenos Aires, and on to Peninsula Valdes, more than 80 km (50 miles) north on predominantly unpaved roads, may seem daunting but the rewards are enormous.
Getting There
Puerto Madryn is situated in the Argentine province of Chubut some 1,400 km (870 miles) south of Buenos Aires. LADE flies from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn and Trelew, 67 km (42 miles) south of Puerto Madryn, as well as many other destinations in Patagonia. Aerolineas Argentinas connects Buenos Aires and Trelew.
Getting Around
Most area attractions are far from Puerto Madryn making car rental or guided tours essential. Driving requires more legwork but results in greater independence such as a stop at a remote beach or leisurely look at sea life. Guided tours put the organization in someone else's hands. Rental car companies are located in Puerto Madryn and Trelew. Whale watching trips, bus tours and other excursions can be arranged with a local travel agency or booked through your hotel.
When to Travel
The best time of year to visit Puerto Madryn is September thru February. The peak season for sea life viewing is September to December. Water sports are best December to February. Of note, the weather in spring - September to December - is mild and sunny but often really windy.
Things to Keep in Mind
Build an extra day into your itinerary; whale watching trips are weather permitting. Puerto Madryn has a variety of food and lodging options as well as the best shopping in the region. Dine at casual cafes and restaurants. Stay at a contemporary hotel or country inn.
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