The gateway to Península Valdés. It retains a few small-town touches: the radio announces lost dogs, and locals are welcoming and unhurried. With summer temperatures matching those of Buenos Aires, Madryn holds its own as a modest beach destination. From July to September, the migrating whales come so close they can be viewed without taking a tour – either from the coast 20km north of town or from the town pier.
Puerto Madryn (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpweɾto ˈmaðɾin]; Welsh: Porth Madryn) is a city in the province of Chubut in Argentine Patagonia. It is the capital of the Biedma Department, and has about 93,995 inhabitants according to the last census in 2010. Puerto Madryn is protected by the Golfo Nuevo, which is formed by the Península Valdés and the Punta Ninfas. It is an important centre for tourists visiting the natural attractions of the Península Valdés and the coast.
The city foundation was in October 12, 1884 when an Argentine expedition arrived to establishing a sub-prefecture. However, some 300 Anglican missionaries of the South American Missionary Society already populated the area. They built the first houses and took care of evangelize the natives. A corridor of the former jail of Ushuaia For Argentinean people Ushuaia began to be known in the early twentieth century when it was decided to build there a prison.
The prison of Ushuaia is part of the city’s history and the prisoners were the “first settlers”. The picturesque village suffered a sudden onset of population growth since the 1970’s, thanks to a special regime of industrial promotion.
Snow-covered Ushuaia Today, Ushuaia is a tourist city with international airport and all necessary services. It is also a cruise port and the closest Deep water port to the Antarctic.
The whale season is one of the attractions that have made this beautiful city of Puerto Madryn famous worldwide. From June to December, various populations of southern right whales reach these shores. Visitors may watch them both on board the boats leaving from Puerto Pirámides and from some natural viewpoints and almost all the beaches bordering the city.
History. The town was founded on 28 July 1865, when 150 Welsh immigrants arriving aboard the clipper Mimosa named the natural port Porth Madryn in honour of Sir Love Jones-Parry, whose estate in Wales was named “Madryn”. The settlement grew as a result of the building of the Central Chubut Railway by Welsh, Spanish, and Italian immigrants. This line, opened in 1889, linked the town to Trelew via the lower Chubut River valley
Puerto Madryn is protected by the Golfo Nuevo, which is formed by the Península Valdés and the Punta Ninfas. It is an important centre for tourists visiting the natural attractions of the Península Valdés and the coast. El Tehuelche Airport is located 10 km northwest of the city centre. Commercial flights from Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, and other Argentinian cities are available. Most tourists fly into Trelew Airport as flights into Puerto Madryn are restricted as a result of environmental concerns. Its particular geographical location causes rainfalls to be scarce in this area all year round. Annual average temperature is about 14º C, with maximum 35º C in the summer and dropping to 5º C in the winter.
To reach Puerto Madryn from Buenos Aires, visitors must travel 1,400 kilometers along National Route 3. Various airlines fly daily to the City or to Trelew, which lies 67 kilometers away. Shuttles may be hired to cover this distance.
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