Puerto Madryn

Puerto Madryn

Photo by DagosNavy (wikipedia commons)

Motorhoming in Puerto Madryn

Photo by Mariano (wikipedia commons)Penguins at Punta Tombo, Chubut Photo by Mariano (wikipedia commons)

Puerto Madryn is a quiet town protected by the Golfo Nuevo, making it one of the most sheltered places on the Patagonian coast.  The town may not have a lot of attractions itself, but it’s a good base from which you can explore the nearby peninsula Valdes Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and many other attractions on you motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday to Argentina.

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Puerto Madryn doesn’t have a lot of choice when it comes to sites suitable for motorhomes or campervans, but at the southern end of town there is a campsite right on the beach belonging to the Automovil Club Argentino.  If you travel further out of town there are also plenty of places where you could stop along the shore at the side of the road without being disturbed.

Top things to see and do

Most of the things to do in this part of the world revolve around the marine life, which is so important that it has become a protected site.

Punta Tombo is a 2 hour  drive south of Puerto Madryn, and famous for its penguin colony, and the Peninsula Valdes is north where you can see sea lions, penguins, and on occasions whales.  

The Natural Science and Oceanographic Museum is one place to visit if it rains.  It’s not on the grand scale of some of the major museums of Europe of the US, but it full of interesting examples and information on local wildlife and history.  

Visit Puerto Piramides and take a Whale Watching Tour.  These incredible mammals have no fear of humans and are extremely inquisitive, coming right up to the boat.  The area is where, you can see orca, dolphins and southern right whales, the best time for these trips are different for each species,  but for the whales its June to December, with the best time being August and September.  Orcas can be seen all year round, but the best time is March and April in Punta Norte, September in Caleta Valdes, and April in Peninsula Valdes, and finally Dolphins, which can be seen from July to March.

If you don’t fancy getting that close, or you get seasick, then drive out to El Doradillo, 30 minutes from Puerto Madryn, this is one of the best places to do a spot of whale watching from the shore.  The Southern Right Whales swim within a few meters of the rocky beach, and you can almost walk right next to them as they teach their young to swim.  There is also an observation platform and a visitor centre at nearby Punta Fleche, and from here you get a really good idea of just how enormous these beautiful creatures are.

Puerto Madryn is a good coastal spot to base your stay in this part of Patagonia, and with a motorhome rental or campervan hire vehicle, you can explore the area to the full without needing to search for a hotel for the night.

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