Get ready to have a whale of a time

Tucked into a protected bay in northern Patagonia, Port Madryn was founded by some unlikely settlers. In 1865, 150 Welsh immigrants fleeing the economic hardship of Britain’s Industrial Revolution founded the city when they arrived to build the Central Chubut Railway. Head to the nearby town of Gaiman for a little taste of Wales way across the pond. Here you’ll find charming Welsh-style homes and quaint teahouses.

You’ll also find plenty of whales of the aquatic variety in Port Madryn, too. Southern right whales can be seen all around the Valdes Peninsula across the bay, but if you’re lucky you might also catch a glimpse of these majestic behemoths from the seaside promenade of Almirante Brown Boulevard. The area around Port Madryn is famous for its diverse wildlife. Punta Tombo National Reserve is home to a huge colony of Magellanic penguins, and Punta Loma Reserve is the best place to see sunbathing South American sea lions.

Discover even more of the natural world at Ecocentro, an interactive science center full of touch pools, engaging exhibits, and sweeping views of the sea below. At the largest paleontology museum in Argentina, explore impressive and ancient dinosaur skeletons. For outdoor adventurers and wildlife lovers, Port Madryn offers an exciting and immersive escape, so get ready to experience it up close with Azamara Club Cruises®.


This enchanting town captures the traditions and heritage of the area’s Welsh settlers. Stop by one of the town’s many teahouses for an afternoon snack of pastries and torta negra—a local spin on traditional Welsh fruitcake.

Punta Tombo National Reserve

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Punta Tombo National Reserve

Make friends with half a million Magellanic penguins at this sprawling nature preserve. Follow the trails and boardwalks along the rugged terrain to see these friendly birds in their natural habitat, plus if you’re lucky you’ll be treated to views of dolphins and whales offshore. 

Estancia San Guillermo

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Estancia San Guillermo

Experience local life at a family-owned Patagonian ranch. Take in a sheep-shearing demonstration, then set out to discover acres of sand dunes and find fossils in gullies once covered by the ocean.

Puerto Madryn, Argentina At a glance

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Local Details:
GPS: 42°45'39.24"S 65°6'6.94"W
Size: 130.00 KM2 (50.19 MI2)
Population: 93,995
Density: 723 Pop/KM2 (279 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +54

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