The city of Puerto Madryn is in the north east of Chubut Province in the Patagonia region of Argentina on the shores of Gulfo Nuevo, a large, deep water bay of the Atlantic Ocean. The city is a popular summer destination because of its beautiful beaches – although the water can be very cold and the wind impressive. The current population is estimated between 60,000 to 70,000 and the city has been growing rapidly in the last few years due mainly to the expanding tourism industry, fishing and Aluar-the aluminum refinery. The government of Puerto Madryn has an official site about tourism in Puerto Madryn: Puerto Madryn is the gateway to nearby Peninsula Valdes.The area was first populated by the indigenous Tehuelche people. The first Europeans to settle in the area were Welsh arriving in 1865. They named the city for Baron Madryn of Wales. Puerto Madryn has a city bus system. It uses a card, which must be purchased at the Main Bus Station in Puerto Madryn, and costs about ARS $50 (Nov/17). The kiosk is only open 9-4. A bus ride apparently costs about ARS $13 (Nov/17) in town. Taxis are numerous. Rental cars are available.To see the wildlife, it is cheaper to rent a car with other people than taking a tour. A rental car costs around ARS $2100 (Nov/17) per day with 400 km included (it’s pricey for extra km). Gas will cost around ARS $17.50 per litre (Nov/17). Before setting off, you can ask at the tourist information centre in town or the one in Peninsula Valdes where are the best spots to see wildlife that day. The rangers go around the various locations early in the morning and tell the information centres which animals are where.The three story shopping center located right downtown has some nice upscale shops. There are many specialty stores located in the city center.There are many good seafood restaurants along the seafront. These include:There are a good number of bars and clubs in Puerto Madryn. As in the rest of Argentina the weekend partying continues throughout the night.

Airport: PMY El Tehuelche Airport Cities in Argentina

Country: Argentina