Approaching from Ruta 3, it's hard to believe that the horizon line of buildings perched just beyond the windswept dunes and badlands is the most successful of all coastal Patagonia settlements. But once you get past the outskirts of town and onto the wide coastal road known as the Rambla, the picture begins to change. Ranged along the clear and tranquil Golfo Nuevo are restaurants, cafés, dive shops, and hotels, all busy—but not yet overcrowded—with tourists from around the world. View more
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Discover the beauty of the graceful sea lion during this memorable kayak adventure.
Depart the pier in your transport for the approximate 30-minute non narrated drive to Parana' Beach, a secluded beach known only to the locals. Upon arrival, meet your guide and receive a safety briefing on kayaking and interaction with the sea lions. After receiving your equipment, follow your guide along the coast in your seaworthy kayak. Along the way, enjoy the sites of the coastline, the many sea-birds and of course the sea lions.
Arriving at a beach for a break, enjoy a light snack and refreshment as your guide explains the habitat and behavior of the sea lions. All too soon, it is time to paddle back to the kayak base and bid farewell to your guide and the flora and fauna that you have encountered.
A short transfer returns you to the pier and your awaiting ship.
Please note: This tour involves extensive activity and is recommended for guests who are in good physical condition. This tour departs early morning to catch the best weather conditions. This tour is subject to cancellation should the weather or sea-state be outside established safety guidelines. We suggest guests dress in layers and bring a change of clothing. It is recommended to wear a raincoat or waterproof jacket. The operation of this programme is subject to a minimum participation of 4 guests.
Discover the Welsh traditions in the middle of the Patagonia visiting the most emblematic places & enjoying their traditional food during this full day tour.
Narlu Eco Ranch
Depart the port for the 1.45 hour drive to Narlu Eco Ranch. This is a very special place and a place where the owners currently call home. They will take you around their plantation of berries and fruits they use to prepare their own homemade sweets.
Gaiman and Welch Tea
Next, continue to Dolavon, another of the Welsh Villages that settled at the end of the 19th century. Here you will find an excellently preserved Flour Mill. It still works! With the flour produced here, the owners built a restaurant where they serve their own home-made pasta.
At the end of the 19th century Welsh settlers arrived on this coastline of Patagonia. The town of Gaiman, which almost seems to be stuck in the past, is bursting with traditions - distinctly Welsh. The streets irrigation ditches water trees not native to Patagonia and buildings include chapels constructed by the Welsh in the style of their homeland. Customs from afar continue and during your visit you enjoy a Welsh tea with delicious pastries at a typical 'tea-house'.
After a delicious traditional Welsh Tea, we will return to the ship but not before enjoying the delightful voices of a welsh choir.
Following this visit, re-join your coach for the approximate 1-hour return drive to the pier in Puerto Madryn.
Please note: This tour involves a 2-hour drive roundtrip. This tour involves a minimal amount of walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility and for those who utilise a wheelchair; however guests must be able to embark and disembark the coach with minimal assistance. We suggest guests dress in seasonal attire and wear flat walking shoes.
Departing the port, begin your tour with a one-hour drive on paved road to the entrance of the Valdés Peninsula, connected to the mainland via a narrow isthmus. At this point, you will make a stop at the Visitors Centre for a look at interesting displays about the geography, history and wildlife of the Valdés peninsula. Valdés is one of the finest nature reserves in South America for sea lions, elephant seals and numerous species of seabirds and penguins. Often called an 'open air zoo', it has been declared a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.
From the Visitor Centre, continue with a 1.5-hour drive through a landscape of scarce vegetation and void of traffic. Most of the peninsula is barren land with several salt water lakes. There are a few private sheep estancias between salt flats and, occasionally, you can spot rhea, Patagonian hare and guanaco. The northern part, or Punta Norte, is the only continental breeding colony of elephant seals in the world. The huge mammals reach 21 feet (6.4 metres) in length and weigh an average of 3 tons. There are also colonies of sea lions mixed with a variety of birds. You will have time to observe the animals at close range and take photographs.
Leaving Punta Norte, proceed with a 30-minute journey to an estancia with a privately owned penguin reserve.
Estancia San Lorenzo & Penguin Colony
Following your arrival, drive through the sizable estate en route to the small rookery of Magellanic penguins. There are great photo opportunities of these endearing animals and their young. (Refrain from touching the penguins as their beaks can inflict serious wounds.)
Leave the rookery and return to the estancia where a typical lamb barbecue will be served. At the same time, get some insight into the lifestyle at this isolated locale.
Afterwards, begin the journey across the peninsula and back to Puerto Madryn and the ship.
Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking and a drive of 240 miles (386 kilometres) roundtrip. Roads inside the peninsula are unpaved and rugged. Viewing the wildlife requires walking on uneven ground and pebble beach. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and bringing a windbreaker or warm sweater. Remember to bring your camera. Caution: never get in the path between the animals and the sea.
This half-day outing allows for viewing the sea wolves colony of Punta Loma and a visit to a traditional sheep farm. A stop is also made in town at the Eco Centre.
Sea Lion Colony
Begin your outing with the 30-minute drive along the scenic coastal road to Punta Loma. From a cliff top location you are able to view the beach colony of sea lions below. Then re-join your coach for the 30-minute drive to one of the area's farms.
Estancia San Guillermo
During your visit at this Patagonian farm watch a sheep shearing demonstration and enjoy coffee or a cup of "mate" tea with homemade pastry. Also see domesticated guanacos roaming the grounds before leaving the estancia en route back to Puerto Madryn.
This interpretation centre was founded with the Patagonian Sea as inspiration. The exhibits encourage respect for nature through education, art and science. Here you learn about the hazards that affect marine wildlife and the efforts that are made locally to protect it. Your tour concludes with an orientation drive through Puerto Madryn en route back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves moderate walking over uneven terrain at Punta Loma and the Estancia, and with approximately 20 steps at the Eco Centre. Guests are required to use caution and not get too close to the animals. We recommend dressing in warm layers with a windbreaker as Punta Loma is often very breezy.
Indulge your senses with the splendid natural beauty, wildlife and flavours of Patagonia during this panoramic, full-day sightseeing excursion.
Punta Ninfas, Patagonian Steppe and Wildlife
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive to Punta Ninfas, located approximately 45 miles (about 73 kilometres) southwest of Puerto Madryn. Punta Ninfas is highlighted by the Patagonian steppe, with its shrubby vegetation continuously shaken by the wind, and abounds with guanacos, foxes and other wildlife. Following a stop to admire the rugged natural beauty of this area, re-board your coach and drive to the El Pedral Ranch.
El Pedral Ranch, Penguin Rookery and Colony, and a BBQ Patagonian Lunch
Most of the El Pedral Ranch coastline is sheltered by high cliffs sloping down to the sea. The clifftops offer a magnificent view of Golfo Nuevo's Punta Ninfas and Morro Nuevo, the mouth of the gulf. Upon arrival, a comfort stop is made before heading off to a penguin rookery and very small penguin colony that is beginning to grow in this area. Following your penguin experience, re-board your coach and head back to the El Pedral Ranch for a barbecued Patagonian lamb lunch. After lunch, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a extensive amount of walking and standing for approximately 2 hours, at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing in layers with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and weatherproof raingear from the ship. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Guest are advised that although they are not fearful of humans, the penguins should not be approached, as they can inflict bites serious enough to require stitches. The driving time between the pier and sites visited is approximately 1.5 hours in each direction. The tour sequence and timings may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Discover the largest penguin-nesting ground in South America during this picturesque, full-day excursion to Punta Tombo.
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 2.5-hour drive to Punta Tombo, with a comfort stop en route. Located approximately 100 miles (161 kilometres) south of Puerto Madryn, Punta Tombo is world-renowned as one of the finest spots on earth to view Magellan penguins, and the largest penguin-nesting ground in continental South America. From September through March, this vast rookery and breeding area hosts approximately two million Magellan penguins that arrive here each year to breed. From November through March, it is possible to see baby penguins leaving their nests.
Punta Tombo, Guided Tour, Lunch and Free Time
Your visit to Punta Tombo features a guided walking tour of the rookery and breeding area, followed by a box lunch. After lunch, some free time is made available to walk among the thousands of nests, and marvel at this wonder of nature and these unforgettable birds.
Gaiman Town and Traditional Welsh Tea
Next, re-board your coach and continue on to Gaiman, an attractive little Welsh town that remains in the same spot where British immigrants, led by Viscount Madryn, founded a colony in 1880. A stop is made at a local restaurant in Gaiman for a traditional Welsh high tea, which includes homemade scones, cakes, breads, butter and jam. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board the coach and commence the approximately 1.5-hour drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.5 miles (about 2.4 kilometres), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing in layers with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and weatherproof raingear from the ship. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Guest are advised that although they are not fearful of humans, the penguins should not be approached, as they can inflict bites serious enough to require stitches. The total driving time between the pier and sites visited is approximately four hours. The tour sequence and timings may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Explore the treasures of the beautiful Punta Loma coast during this exhilarating, half-day excursion via Zodiac boat.
Zodiac Boat-Ride, Golfo Nuevo, and Black and White Dolphins
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 10-minute walk from the Piedra Buena Pier to the beach. Upon arrival, a short walk takes you to your high-speed rapid inflatable boat (RIB) for an exhilarating, approximately three-hour adventure on the water. After embarking the RIB, receive your boating and safety instructions, sit back and relax as your captain navigates north, along the coast of the Golfo Nuevo and towards Punta Loma, a protected natural area inhabited year-round by South American sea lions. During the ride, look for the black and white dolphins that frequent these waters.
Punta Loma, Sea Lion Colony, Sea Lions, and Puerto Madryn
As you near Punta Loma, your Captain pauses close to the sea lion colony for splendid views and photo opportunities. At the conclusion of your visit, commence the 45-minute drive along the coast and past the beaches of Puerto Madryn before arriving back to the pier. En route, you may opt to return directly to the pier, or be dropped off in the city centre for individual shopping and exploration at your leisure, and return to the ship at your own expense.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 300 yards (about 274 metres), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the Zodiac boat. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with neck and/or back problems, guests suffering from motion sickness, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing in layers with flat, closed-toe walking or boat shoes, and bring sun protection and weatherproof raingear with a protective hood or hat from the ship; umbrellas are not permitted. A life vest and pair of binoculars is provided for each guest. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. The tour sequence and timings may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.