Puerto Madryn is a town on the Valdes peninsula of Argentina. Puerto Madryn offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;
- Puerto Madryn city
- Punta Tumbo tour (Magellanic penguins)
- Valdes Peninsula tour
- Whale watching
- Yellow submarine whale watching tours
If you stay over in Puerto Madryn there are lots hotels, some are excellent value.
On the Valdes Peninsula tour you are guaranteed to see elephant seals, magellanic penguins, rheas, guanacos, armadillos, maras and sea lions. I strongly recommend you take a camera with decent zoom because you view the wildlife from on top of the cliff and most of them are on the beach below. If you carry a DSLR camera, the size of the zoom lens you’d have to carry would be huge to get close up shots of the wildlife. The huge lens would attract unwanted attention in Argentina too. I used a Canon bridge camera for this Elephant Seal shot (above) and they were at least 200 meters away. These cameras have decent picture quality (even at 1200 mm zoom) and are not bulky at all, I recommend them in countries which are too dangerous to carry around expensive camera equipment.
On Punta Loma you’ll see hundreds of Magellanic penguins. I was fortunate enough to capture a group of the penguins worshiping the preacher in the middle. This was like a scene from the Happy Feet movie!
A few Magellanic penguins climb up to the viewing platform so you should be able to photograph these close up.
I was at Peninsula Valdes in February / March. At this time of year expect to see lots of baby sea lions which are called pups. I took the shot (above) from on top of a cliff, again I have to stress you need a camera with good zoom here.
A lot of people get excited about seeing an Orca and there is a small chance you’ll see one on Peninsula Valdes, unfortunately I did not. Another tour will take you to El Doradillo beach where an Orca sighting is more likely. The perfect situation on El Doridillo or Peninsula Valdes would be for an Orca to swim close the beach and take a sea lion, again a camera with good zoom would be recommended here.
The guaranteed way to see an Orca would be to go on a whale watching tour.
Did you know that during your evening meal on a cruise you can order as many desserts as you like (and main courses). After a day of viewing and taking photos of the wildlife it can be a hard decision choosing between a cheesecake or a chocolate cake, so why not have both! The next stop on the Antarctica cruise is Montevideo, Uruguay.