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Puerto Madryn/Gaiman 2-day itinerary help please!

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Puerto Madryn/Gaiman 2-day itinerary help please!

Hello! We have plans for 2 day visit in November (fly in late Sunday evening, full day Monday, full day Tuesday, and leave early morning Wednesday on an 8:30am flight). We would like to see the whales, sea lions, elephant lions and penguins. Two questions for the group:

First, is Punta Tombo the only place to view penguins?

Second, if it IS the only place or the best place, then would you recommend that we:

1) Stay in Puerto Madryn all three nights. Go to Punta Tombo from PM on one of the full days and wake up very early to make flight on Wednesday... OR...

2) Stay in Puerto Madryn two nights and Gaiman one night. Go to Punta Tombo from Gaiman and then have an easier trip to the airport the next morning.

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1. Re: Puerto Madryn/Gaiman 2-day itinerary help please!

Punta Tombo has the largest continental colony of Magellan penguins in the world. Tthere are hundreds of thousands of pairs. Visitors walk thru the conlony on marked trails.

You can see smaller colonies on Peninsula Valdes at Calleta Valdes. This colony numbers around 300. The penguins nest on small cliff and they can be seen behind a fence.

Another option on the Peninsula is to visit the estancia (ranch) San Lorenzo.

For lodging most people stay in Puerto Madryn. There you have a full range of lodging choices and a nice big beach.

You can easily take the airport shuttle to Trelew for Arg30 per person.

Gaiman does have some nice places to stay. It is a very quiet village about 20 min from the Trelew airport.

With your scheduled time in the Madryn area you can do two full day tours. One to Punta Tombo and another to the Peninsula and still have time to relax.

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2. Re: Puerto Madryn/Gaiman 2-day itinerary help please!

Thank you. This is an incredibly helpful reply.

3. Re: Puerto Madryn/Gaiman 2-day itinerary help please!

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