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Feb 15, 2020 - Puerto Madryn, Argentina

After two days of sea travel, we arrived in Puerto Madryn, Argentina. It was founded in 1865 by a group of Welsh settlers. In the 1970s, the government wanted to encourage settlement in the area, and offered tax free status for a period of 30 years. There are 3 main industries: 1. Aluminium production using bauxite that is imported from Japan 2. Fishing, with squid being the major catch 3. Tourism It is part of the region of Patagonia, 1300k south of Buenos Aires and 1700k north of Ushuaia. Population is sparse and fuel is subsidized...

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Feb 20, 2019 - At Sea and White Night

04 10 Feb. 20, 2019 At Sea and White Night Another day at sea began with an amazing sunrise. This has been a cruise with the most days at sea and taught us not to take an ocean crossing cruise in the future! It was a leisurely time at sea with not a lot of rolling and pitching. Tom tried a hot dog from the patio. It was a bit better than the one from Chile, but still not like back home. Many of the passengers were spread out on the pool deck absorbing the rays. Deck five also has deck chairs and is out of the direct sun making it one of our...

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Feb 18, 2019 - At Sea and Puerto Madryn, Argentina

04 08 Feb. 17-18, 2019 At Sea Instead of taking 2 days at sea to reach Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands, we headed to a calmer part of the South Atlantic and closer to the mainland. We dined at Prime C, one of the two premium restaurants and then enjoyed the dancing show by Sasha and Dyma - two very talented performers. 04 09 Feb. 19, 2019 Puerto Madryn, Argentina We chose a two-stop tour that first took us to a sheep ranch - San Guillermo. Here out in the Patagonia pampas desert away from civilization, the owner decided to fashion his...

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Feb 6, 2018 - Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Today we are visiting Puerto Madryn, Argentina, but before I get into that, I am dedicating this particular posting to “ship board dining etiquette”, or lack of. Those who have traveled by ship know what I am talking about, but for others “here’s your sign.” Dining in the Dining Room is fairly straight forward as you usually have a dress code to follow, a specific time to arrive, someone to meet you at the entrance, someone to guide you to your table, someone to place a napkin on your lap, someone to hand you a menu (which is a good sign...

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Dec 18, 2017 - Puerto Madryn, Argentina

It's a very long tedious bus ride to the Punto Tombo Penguin Preserve but we had to get our penguin fix. Andrew is our guide on the ship's tour. He was born in Puerto Madryn but amazingly, while giving us some history and geography lessons, he mentioned the Falkland Islands and not the Malvinas Punta Tombo National Reserve is a long, narrow peninsula on Argentina’s central coast. It’s known for its vast colony of Magellanic penguins. Trails and boardwalks weave across the arid, gravelly terrain, which is full of small shrubs and burrows...

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Apr 17, 2017 - 27 March 2017 - Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn is a port town which was originally colonized around 1865 by the Welsh who were looking for somewhere to found a new town and preserve their language and customs. There are supposed to be 3 Spanish/Welsh speaking schools still in the area. Weather is still no good, but we have organised a guide to come with us to the Valdez Peninsula tomorrow. This area is supposed to have fantastic wildlife, but the weather was so bad I think it was all hiding. We turned around at midday as the truck was sliding over the road and it seemed...

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Jun 17, 2014 - the gateway to the animal kingdom ♥

As we bittersweetly left the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires, we leave with these initial impressions: - BA has the timeless look of a european city with the warmth of a Latin American culture - they love their dogs (not unusual to see someone walking 5+ dogs at a time!) But hate cleaning up dog poop! There's dog crap everywhere - watch your step!! - with every coffee or tea, you receive a mysterious shot glass full of lukewarm carbonated water... we have yet to figure out what it's intended for - the "sketchy" neighborhoods aren't as...

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Feb 8, 2014 - Ushuaia to Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Wednesday 5th February 2014 Ushuaia, Argentina to Ghost Town Bush Camp, near Punta Arenas, Chile (650km – 13 hours incl breaks) It was snowing when we woke up to pack up our tent this morning, so as you can imagine, pretty cold! After we packed the tent up, we had breakfast and left Ushuaia. We had a really nice time there – not only picturesquely beautiful but a nice feeling about it . As we drove out of the town all the hills around the town were covered in new snow from overnight, and it continued snowing until we reached the part of the...

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Jan 30, 2014 - Puerto Madryn, Argentina

A beautiful sunny day, calm seas & the coast of Argentina visible on the horizon. An announcement from our captain at noon to tell us good & bad news. Good news - the situation at Puerto Madryn has improved so we can definitely dock to let the overland group ashore. Also all passengers are able to go ashore to visit the town. All aboard 4.30 pm. The bad news - all other excursions are definitely cancelled so no Welsh tea for us today! We docked as planned & took an age to get off the ship. There are sea lions sleeping on various steps etc....

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Feb 28, 2013 - Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Feb. 28, 2013 Puerto Madryn, Argentina We ordered breakfast in our cabin so we could be off the ship for our 2.5 hour ride to Punta Tombo to see the Magellanic pinquins. Again, the tour guide on the bus gave an informative non-stop talk about the history of Patagonia Province, the native people, politics, economics and family life as well as information on the pinquins at the Punta Tombo colony. There are 1 million breeding adults, 300 thousand juveniles and 1.4 million chicks that are near full grown. The breeding season is in October and...

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Feb 24, 2013 - Puerto Madryn Argentina and the choir debut

Well we finally have warm weather but the skies definitely have a lot of black clouds so we should expect a downpour sometime during the day. After breakfast we all stroll into town, no tours today as they are all very far afield and we don’t need to see more penguins or sea lions. We are in Puerto Madryn, Argentina. It a relatively small town, they say over 100,000 but it certainly doesn’t look that big. It is a resort town with a large beach and boulevard with beach bars and restaurants everywhere. You could see this would be a great spot...

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Trip Journal

South America 2013

Feb 2, 2013 - Puerto Madryn

2/2/2013 Driving through the Patagonia can be discouraging. Kilometer after Kilometer of nothing. Highway 3 is sometimes 4 lane mostly 2 but in good condition so we were able to make or 300 Kilometers in good time. We arrived in Puerto Madryn in early afternoon. A Princess Cruise ship was in town so the passengers made for a very busy city. The beaches were full, weather great and a good campground. A very relaxing evening.

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