Puerto Madryn, Argentina Cruise Port
For those who love natural beauty, a cruise through the South Atlantic Ocean to Golfo Nuevo will bring you to the breathtaking Puerto Madryn, Argentina. Located on the coast of northern Patagonia (one of South America's more sparsely populated regions), the city is the capital of the Biedma Department and has around 94,000 residents. Founded in 1865 by Welsh immigrants, subsequent settlements in the 19th and early 20th centuries influenced the area's culture. Today, the city is still twinned with the town of Nefyn in Wales. While plenty to do in Puerto Madryn, it's also an important drop-off point for those looking to explore other parts of Peninsula Valdes. This is a perfect spot for whale watching. The gulf's southern whales breed from May to December, creating plenty of opportunities for travelers to spot these amazing mammals. Here are some of our favorite experiences for the cruise port of Puerto Madryn, Argentina:
The fantastic Punta Tombo Magellan penguin colony features the tuxedoed birds as far as the eye can see. They arrive in September and stay until March, with November being the best viewing time after the chicks hatch. This fauna reservation was created so that humans can get an up-close look at the penguins, and great care is taken to make sure no one disturbs them as they go about their daily life.
One of the best places to see the whales from shore is Playa El Doradillo. While you can certainly get a guided tour by boat, you're still able to spot hundreds of these amazing creatures at your leisure (and they get pretty close, too).
A treat for eyes and the ears, a tour of Loberia de Punta Loma lets you watch and listen to a plethora of sea lions. A colony of South American terns shares the roost with the sea lions, so birdwatchers get to enjoy as well.
EcoCentro is a lighthouse and museum located on the top of a scenic cliff, with a focus on Patagonian nature. Shuttles will take you here from the Av Roca tourist office if you don't feel like walking.