Puerto Madryn is the jumping point to visit Península Valdés, the famous wildlife reserve of Patagonia. Read about things to do in Puerto Madryn, how to get to the city and the main attractions in the region.
Puerto Madryn, located at the shore of the Patagonian East Coast was founded in 1865 by a 150 group of Welsh that started to populate the area in 1886. Welsh, Spanish and Italian immigrants worked together to build the railway that would connect Puerto Madryn to the city of Trelew, where today sits the nearest airport. After a period of economic recession, between the ‘60 and the ‘70, the city experienced a second growth characterized by a significant internal and foreign inmigration flow.
Today, though the railway it’s no longer used, many travelers fly to Trelew and stay in Puerto Madryn to visit the incredible natural reserve of Península Valdés, the most important wildlife hub of Patagonia. The start of the place if the southern right whale, which arrives at the coast of the Península (but can be also seen from the very coastline of Puerto Madryn!) once a year, between June and December. Penguins, elephant seals and fur sea lions are other main characters of this natural spectacle.