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Puerto Madryn
Experiencechile.org can arrange accommodation and excursions to see marine life, especially whale-watching.
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2 hrs from Buenos Aires (Nearest Airport: Trelew)

Located on the Peninsula Valdes - a Mecca for marine life and declared World Natural Heritage site by UNESCO - 1,130km south of Buenos Aires and on the Atlantic coast. Puerto Madryn has become the base from which to see an amazing variety of marine wildlife that lives in and around the bay of Golfo Nuevo. In this area it is possible to see elephant seals, sea lion colonies (the Punta Loma sea lion reserve is southeast of Puerto Madryn) and the beautiful sight of southern Right whales that come into the bay during breeding season between June to mid December and with their young around September / October time. The sea lion breeding season runs from late December to late January, but visiting is usually good until late April. Bull elephant seals start to claim their territory in the first half of August and the breeding season is in late September until early October. Orca whales can be seen attacking seals at "Punta Norte" during February and March. The land is also a wild life haven for guanacos, rheas, Patagonian hares and armadillos.
Right Whales: June to mid December
Orca Whales: February - March
Sea Lions: Late December to late January
August: Bull Elephant Seals
Founded in 1865 by the arrival of 1,500 Welsh immigrants, who named the natural harbor Porth Madryn, after Sir Love Jones-Parry, whose estate back in Wales was called Madryn. The small settlement developed further when the Central Chubut Railway was built and opened in 1888, linking Madryn to Trelew, where most flights arrive to.
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