13.02.2007 - 19.02.2007 22 °C
Puerto Madryn is a good city to take a rest, it is frequented much by Argentinians on holiday. Except for sun, beach and coast, there is not much to see. Well, there is the écocentro which is a nice building but, in my opinion, the museum itself was not very interesting.
But, Puerto Madryn is the perfect base for daytrips to Península Valdes where loads of sea animals spend the summer. Unfortunately, we were a bit too early to see killer wales and it was not the wale season at all, but we saw a lot of seals, sea-lions, birds, ñandus, guanacos and sea-cows. Although the tour was very touristic and we spent too much time in the bus, I enjoyed it because of the amount of animals we saw and because I met Sònia, a lovely girl from Barcelona. Next day we went to the beach and for lunch together before we left in different directions.
Bueno, next day I took the bus to Trelew, one of the Welsh towns just south to Puerto Madryn. I went to a hotel that was in the Rough Guide and I have to say maybe I should inform David Lynch about it, although it did not have any ironing rabbits in it. Trelew depressed me a bit at first, but the people playing percussion and dancing in a park just in front of the hotel at night and the fact that I had a room to my own, so I slept a lot, made up a bit.
In Trelew, another tour was arranged, to Punta Tombo, the biggest penguin colony in the American continent. Although I asked for the tour just to Punta Tombo, the bus took a detour to Rawson and its picturesque, that is what the guide said at least, harbour and to finish with we were dropped of at a 'typical Welsh tea-house' in Gayman where we could enjoy a tea-session for a ridiculous price. I went for a walk instead, not much to sea. But Punta Tombo was nice! There are between 1.5 and 2 million penguins and you get about two hours to walk between them. You can really approach them very close and when you stick your camera in their face to take a picture, they really start looking at it and moving their head around in a ridiculous way, quite funny!
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