PENÍNSULA VALDÉSPATAGONIA ARGENTINA
It is located in the province of Chubut. This peninsula is joined to the continent by the Carlos Ameghino ism, which divides the sea in two gulfs, San José (Saint Joseph) to the North, and Nuevo (New) to the South.
Between May and June, the Franca Austral whales go to the Nuevo And San José Gulfs to comply with the yearly mating ritual. The arrival of the whales to the waters of both gulfs is an awesome spectacle. Impelled by the strength of its powerful tail this whale can do incredible somersaults, splashing tons of water and foam while playing with the sea.
It is 17 km. away from Trelew, in the province of Chubut. Basically, it is well known for its Welsh tradition evidenced in the Welsh Tea Houses. It is characteristic for its stone and brick constructions.
It was the first town in Chubut, and for decades, the most prestigious center of the colony for its agricultural and livestock production. Very near this town, is the First Paleontologic Park in South America, where you can see fossils in the strata corresponding to different geological eras, comprising 40 million years, and completing a unique attraction.
En general, el viaje fue perfecto. Todos los destinos visitados fueron realmente impresionantes, pero para resaltar el Glaciar Perito Moreno y las Cataratas de Iguazú. Acerca de las empresas que organizan las excursiones en los diferentes destinos, queremos puntualizar que la mejor de ellas, con diferencia, es Rumbo Sur. Una empresa muy bien organizada, con guías preparados y transportes cómodos. Agradezco también a Fernando sus visitas personales a nuestro hotel tanto a la llegada a Buenos Aires en el inicio del viaje como antes de partir desde Buenos aires hacia Barcelona. Estamos muy agradecidos por todas las facilidades ofrecidas desde Fuera de Ruta. Sin duda recomendamos esta agencia de viajes.
PUERTO MADRYNPATAGONIA ARGENTINA
>Leaning on the shore of Golfo Nuevo (New Gulf), surrounded by enchanting natural landscapes, it is characteristic for the contrast of colors and the steep cliffs interrupted by wide beaches. From the main avenues of the city, you can see the whales jumping, or simply swimming near the shore.
In Puerto Madryn also is the Ecocenter, first interpretation center devoted to the maritime ecosystem, which combines, in an original way, science, education, and artistic expressions.
PUERTO PIRÁMIDESPATAGONIA ARGENTINA
This little town is on the Valdes Peninsula, 97 km. away from the city of Puerto Madryn. It is on the Golfo Nuevo, and has a population of about 200 inhabitants. The surroundings are formed by a dessert landscape, typical of the Atlantic Patagonia.
It has a beach protected by pyramid-shaped cliffs (from which it takes its name), and one of the biggest attractions of the Patagonia, the Franca Austral Whale, that come to these shore every year in groups to have their offspring in these crystalline and protected waters.
The boat excursions to see the whales depart from Puerto Pirámides (Pyramids Port). You can see them from the shore, but on a boat excursion you can get overwhelmingly close.
The entrance to the Valdes Peninsula Integral Reservation, is located in the thin Carlos Ameghino ism, there you will find the local flora, fauna, and history Interpretation Center.
PUNTA TOMBOPATAGONIA ARGENTINA
One hundred and eighty kilometers away from Puerto Madryn, and 120 km. away from Trelew, you can find the biggest Magallanes penguin colony in the world, with more than 250,000 couples.
In this fauna reservation you can walk among these elegant birds, watch their lifestyle, follow their steps, see the way in which they preserve their nests and offspring among the bushes, and see how they swim in the sea.
Punta Tombo is a narrow and stony zone that goes about 3,5 km. into the sea; its wide beaches are slightly sloped, and so the penguins build their nests there. The birds came here every year, to build nests, mate, have their young, and mutate, to then, set off back the North West of South America, and come back the following year, in a cyclic way.
The visitors are surprised by the way in which they go about looking for their nests, or running after their young. The penguin is a sea bird. It has wings, but can not fly: they are adapted to swimming. This bird spends most of its life in the water, it even sleeps there. Swimming, it can go 8 km per hour, although it can go faster jumping over the water for short distances.
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