Puerto Madryn is a town on the Valdes peninsula of Argentina, perfect for watching sea life. Things to do in Puerto Madryn include;
- Central Puerto Madryn
- Valdes Peninsula
- Punta Tombo (Magellanic penguins)
- Whale watching
If you stay over in Puerto Madryn there are lots of hotels, some are excellent value. There are a few restaurants but not much more to the town. The majority of tourists visit Puerto Madryn to view the sea life.
On the complete Valdes Peninsula tour you’re 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 1200mm zoom) and are not bulky at all. I recommend them in countries which are too dangerous to carry around expensive camera equipment.
Punta Tombo – Magellanic Penguins
On Punta Tombo 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! Additionally, If you wish to see the Rockhopper penguins, then you must visit Stanley Falkland Islands. Finally, a few Magellanic penguins climb up to the viewing platform so you should be able to photograph these guys 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 but there’s only a small chance you’ll see one on Peninsula Valdes. The perfect situation 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.
How to get from Puerto Madryn Cruise Port to Montevideo
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 sea life 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.