Puerto Madryn has a great tourist value and a strategic location, being the largest service center on the Patagonian coast and the gateway to the Valdés Peninsula, declared by UNESCO in 1999, Natural Heritage of Humanity.
The whale season is another of the attractions that made the beautiful city of Puerto Madryn known to the world. From June to December, different populations of the southern right whale arrive on its coasts, which can be observed both in the embarked sightings that depart from Puerto Pirámides and from some natural viewpoints and almost all the beaches that border the city.
What to see in Puerto Madryn
Municipal Museum of Art
This prestigious institution plays an important cultural and social role in the city of Puerto Madryn: it gives different artists the possibility of making their productions known in an environment conducive to the exhibition.
Inside, we looked around the four main walls, in which there are paintings, sculptures, engravings, photographs and portraits made with the most varied techniques.
When we visited it, the museum had 5,500 visits, 45 exhibitions, 35 guided tours for students, 15 cultural gatherings held during the fall and winter season and 3 successful annual courses corresponding to painting, photography and wood carving.
Provincial Museum of Natural Sciences and Oceanography
It is located in an old building in the city, Chalet Pujol, built in 191. This Museum has different rooms where local communities, their ancestral practices and their way of life are shown, as well as other rooms dedicated to fish, mammals marine, birds and cetaceans.
They have embalmed animals. At the end of the visit, you will reach a viewpoint, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city and the New Gulf.
Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. / Saturdays and holidays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
A highly recommended place to visit especially in the company of the little ones, they will love it, it has several environments, one more beautiful than the other, to learn about the whales or simply to be.
It is a place to feel it in various visual, tactile and auditory aspects, the tower is a place where you will sit and look at the distance of the sea or simply spend time the cost is according to whether you are an Argentine or foreign resident, if you are in Madryn you have to visit it.
Julio Verne 3784, Puerto Madryn, Chubut, WEB
open from Tuesday to Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
What to do in Puerto Madryn
Colony of Penguins Tour in Punta Tombo
The Punta Tombo Nature Reserve is home to the largest colony of Magellanic penguins in the world. These penguins are characterized by being about 50 cm tall and their plumage is black and white.
They present a particular distribution of the same that distinguishes it from other specimens of the species. The color of the plumage guarantees an efficient mimicry with the marine environment, and a series of characteristics related to adaptation to the climate, allow it to minimize the loss of body heat. They feed on different fish, such as sardines, silversides, anchovies and others that they hunt with a very efficient technique based on the agility with which they move in the water. These skills are taught to the young and guarantee the preservation of the species.
Male penguins hit the beaches in late August, reconditioning the same nest (well or cave) that the family used year after year. At the beginning of October, the females lay two eggs, which they hatch for forty days.
Located on the Northwest Coast of the province of Chubut, this protected Natural Area, designated by UNESCO as a Natural Heritage of Humanity in 1999, is the most important attraction of the Patagonian Coast given the biological and geographical characteristics that make it up.
Right whales, elephants and sea lions, Magellanic penguins, dolphins, killer whales, numerous species of terrestrial fauna, seabirds become the protagonists of the visit in a unique natural environment chosen by nature lovers.
Returning to provincial route 2 and after traveling about 25 km. You arrive at the municipality of Puerto Piramides, the only town and service center on the Valdes Peninsula, where it is possible to carry out adventure activities and sightings of embarked fauna (whales from June to December and wolves in the summer season). By gravel road, a few minutes from this town, you can visit Punta Piramide, where there is a breeding colony of one-haired sea lions and a cormorant that can be seen from December to March.
From Puerto Piramides and towards Caleta Valdes, Punta Norte or Punta Delgada you should travel along gravel roads within a radius of approximately 75 km. nte until you reach each of the points mentioned where the wildlife guards assist visitors and supervise the proper development of tourist activity.
About 5 km from this place, descending along a gravel road towards the San Jose Gulf, is the Island of the Birds, an important rookery for seabirds, which also has a small interpretation center and viewers, since it cannot to enter the island since 1974 because it is considered an intangible area.
The replica of the chapel of Fort San Jose, destroyed by a malón in 1810, has remained as a testimony of the old Spanish settlement of 1779.
It is located 15 km from the city of Puerto Madryn covering an area parallel to the coast of 3 km wide, extending from Punta Arco to Cerro Prisático for 25 km. It is one of the most important places in Puerto Madryn, since it is there where you can watch the Southern Right whale with a privileged view, in addition to the fact that in its surroundings you will find anemones, crabs and birds typical of Patagonia. Activities vary, from trekking to bike rides.
It is a thin beach, where different animals of the Patagonian fauna live. It is very close to the Valdés Peninsula, where you can observe another community of sea lions and Magellan penguins added to a landscape that will lead you to the greatest connection with nature.