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Puerto Madryn combines the mystical and rugged Patagonian landscape and the charm of its coasts, the wealth of natural protected areas and the tranquility of its extensive beaches. 

Varied wildlife, penguins, dolphins, sea elephants and sea lions occur in grandiose scenarios by providing a unique experience. 

La costanera de MadrynExtensive beaches of Madryn offer the opportunity to relax and walk framed by spectacular scenery. Photo courtesy of Danycolores, photo album Patagonia.com.ar

For the adventurous: diving, trekking, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing and sailing trips are some of the many outdoor activities offered by this wonderful city as well as museums, interpretive centers and scheduled events that will lead you to experience culture and history of its inhabitants.

The outstanding Patagonian cuisine, oceanfront inns, pubs, cinema, theater, casino and bingo in addition to the proposal to live an unforgettable week.

During Easter it usually take a Fishworkers Fair, which consists of seafood dishes at prices highly affordable living, and a Via Crucis Submarine leded by the father Arias, that a journey of prayer with a series of images of passion or "stations" for specific incidents that Jesus suffered.

The city of Puerto Madryn, located on the Nuevo Gulf, is the bridge that gives access to the attractions of the region. Within the circuits and places you can visit are:

  • A historic tour that includes visits to the interpretation center Punta Cuevas (first Welsh settlement), museums, historic buildings and monuments.
  • Oceanographic and Natural Sciences Museum: Located in the Chalet Pujol it display collections of minerals, flora and fauna, terrestrial and marine, as well as fossils.
  • Municipal Museum of Art: It is the southernmost in the world. During the year offers samples of local, regional and national artists.
  • Dock Theatre and Film Theatre Auditorium of the Italian Society.
  • Ecocentro Madryn: Completing this scientific-cultural offer you can visit the Ecocentro Puerto Madryn, an important private enterprise and modern construction, for the interpretation of marine ecosystems that also has a cultural center ready for the presentation of exhibitions, concerts and other events.
  • Rural Tourism: Areas dedicated to agrotourism, combining the traditional livestock to tourism, creating a visitor's interaction with the country life.
  • Punta Loma Protected Natural Area: From the city, can be planned half-day visits to the reserve which is home to a colony of sea lions of a hair and a colony of cormorants can be visited throughout the year taking into account times of low tide. Besides in the visit you can enjoy a nature trail with native flowers.

Other activities that can be performed

Diving

Buceo en MadrynOne of the favorite places to practice diving is Puerto Madryn.

Puerto Madryn, considered the Diving Capital by excellence in Argentina, beginning in the late 50's, is visited year round by divers from around the country and the world due to its water with high transparency and abundance of marine fauna. You can dive, both from the beaches by accessible places or on board, hiring the services of registered dive operators that provide the diver and the adventurous tourist the opportunity to learn various underwater parks.

Submarines Baptisms

It is a form of recreational diving, where without any experience in diving or swimming, people can venture into the underwater world accompanied by an instructor with personalized attention that assists the beginner. It is provided the necessary pieces of neoprene, it does a test floating in the water until you feel comfortable. Basically you start the journey of a circuit showing the most attractive parts of the park and wildlife features of the area and you are photographed underwater. This circuit, in the average person, takes about 20 minutes, but always depends on the person (and its kicking). When the "divers" return they can take a hot fresh water shower if desired and enjoy a few "mates". Soon the pictures will be ready to be delivered along with a diploma in memory of the ride done. 

Water sports

There are made daily trips and visits to the seal colony at Punta Loma (17 km), watching of dolphins, sunken ship (Folías) and Punta Este. Trips are within the scope of Gulf Nuevo.

Source: Press - Secretary of Tourism and Protected Areas

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