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Day 4 - Puerto Madryn (Argentina)

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Nestled in a protected bay on the Gulf Nuevo, this unique hamlet was founded by adventurous Welsh colonists in 1865 and has maintained Welsh as its official language. Visit the Valdez Peninsula, the only known continental breeding place for elephant seals. Also watch for sea lions, whales and exotic birds.

HISTORY
Puerto Madryn was founded in 1865, when 150 Welshmen arrived on the coast. The actual settlement began in 1886 when a railway between Madryn and Trelew was built. The city began to prosper with the new railway and activity surrounding the port area. In the early 1970’s, Puerto Madryn began experiencing explosive growth due to ALUAR's aluminum industry and tourism. In 1988, the town's population multiplied nearly tenfold to 50,000. Inadequate planning encouraged spontaneous housing and caused serious water and sewage problems. With the closure of fish processing plants and the reduction of ALUAR's activities, Puerto Madryn's population has declined to about 45,000, and the city is staking its future on its beautiful natural appeal. 

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PLACES OF INTEREST

Peninsula Valdes
Located 4 hours from Puerto Madryn, Peninsula Valdes is abundant with wildlife and is one of the biggest sanctuaries in the world. Once you have arrived at Peninsula Valdes, it is necessary to board a boat where you will be able to view up close sea lions, elephant seals, Magellanic penguins and shorebirds. 90% of the elephant seal’s sea life are spent in the water. After December the seals arrive on the shores to change their skin.

Punta Tombo
If you have never seen a penguin up close, then don’t miss this opportunity as Punta Tombo is a breeding ground for nearly half a million Magellanic penguins. In 1979, the province of Chubut created a reserve in Punta Tombo to protect the Magellanic penguins. This is quite simply the largest colony of Magallenic Penguins found on the American mainland: numbers vary from thousands to hundreds of thousands. These cute animals are quite used to human contact and make their home in the barren land behind the beach, utilizing a specially constructed penguin crossing 

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which ensures their easy transit to and from the ocean. Penguins display a strong sense of loyalty, as they are monogamous creatures who after spending six months at sea return year after year to the same mate and the same nest. And when it comes to divorce, we humans fall far short of penguins who, after all these centuries, have a divorce rate of less than 1%.

Punta Loma Nature Reserve
At Punta Loma, you come across a colony of sea lions at the Punta Loma Natural Reserve. Their cousins the elephant seals are also in evidence all over the place. Approximately 250 sea lions inhabit this nature reserve. Sea lions can be found in Pacific and Atlantic coasts, from Peru to the south of Brazil. The reserve is a relatively short drive from the port, approximately 30-minutes.

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listen to their sound

Gaiman Welsh Village
Gaiman is one of the few remaining Welsh towns in Argentina. The name was derived from the Tehuelche Indians who once inhabited the area in the wintertime. The town was built by the Welshman who landed here in the mid 1800’s and is typical of red brick cottages and narrow streets found in their homeland. The Welshmen later turned the desolate land into fertile ground by building an extensive system of irrigation canals allowing the cultivation of fruits and vegetables. Another tradition that has prevailed over the years is high tea, a custom in which you will be lucky to partake while being serenaded by a traditional Welsh choir.

ACTIVITY

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