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On the shores of an intense blue quiet sea, the Patagonian plateau spreads towards the horizon. A few villages and small towns break the monotony of an arid and infinite land, only gone through by winds that blow, tirelessly, during the whole year. Winds that bring with themselves incredible stories of pioneers and the impressive sounds of nature, the persistent and enigmatic communication of sea species that, year after year, choose these shores to reproduce.
During winter, in front of Puerto Madryn city and close to Valdés Peninsula –declared Mankind Heritage by the UNESCO- travelers can contemplate the arrival of the Southern Right Whale, sea giants that give a unique identity to this area. Their colossal figures can be seen from the coast: they jump, show their tails and repeat their ancestral mating rituals. For those than cannot resist the impulse of seeing them from a very close distance, at Puerto Pirámides –a picturesque town at the Valdés Peninsula Protected Natural Area- there are whale-seeing tours that get into the sea and offer a unique experience, a respectful encounter.
In spring, together with the whales, the Magellanic penguins –at Punta Tombo- capture travelers’ attention with their funny walking ways and their black and white “suits”. And, in summer, dolphins –agile and jumpy- get the leading role at the extended crystalline waters of Puerto Madryn and Puerto Pirámides. This is the special nature that visitors find when they arrive to these windy lands and to these mysterious seas. Seas that invite to explore them through diving practice at the same time that they offer delicacies at their ports restaurants.
The cities, with their foreign names like Madryn, Trelew or Gaiman, await travelers with their usages and traditions related to the people that originally inhabited these lands –the Tehuelches- and the pioneers that founded the first towns: the Welsh. Time seems to have stopped between embroided carpets and exquisite teapots. The Welsh tea ceremony, the old chapels, stories and traditions, and the names of streets and of the oldest families in Madryn, Trelew and Gaiman are witness thereof.
And as this is a land of giants, it is not strange to find, in Trelew, an important paleontological museum that shelters dinosaur remains, those colossal creatures that inhabited the Patagonia million years ago.
In the meantime, at the estancias –dedicated to wool production- the traditions of countrymen are kept alive at every moment. This landscape continues facing travelers with the idea of infinite at this rough but beautiful land called Patagonia.
Puerto Madryn’s Airport “El Tehuelche” has regular flights with the airports of Buenos Aires and Viedma, operated by Andes Líneas Aéreas and LADE airlines.
Trelew’s International Airport “Almirante M. A. Zar” has regular flights to Buenos Aires (Aeroparque), daily flights to Mar del Plata, Bahía Blanca and Comodoro Rivadavia, operated by Aerolíneas Argentinas-Austral Líneas Aéreas, Sol Líneas Aéreas and LADE. On a weekly basis, it offers flights to El Calafate and Ushuaia.
The distance between Trelew and Puerto Madryn is only 41 miles and there are transfer services for tourist arriving or departing from Trelew’s airport.
The routes connecting the most important cities with this destination are pavemented. However, there are some routes and secondary roads to other important tourist attractions are paved. Drivers should be very careful considering the presence of animals. They should also depart with enough fuel.