Puerto Madryn is on the southwestern coast of the province of Chubut, Patagonia. The peninsula Valdés, World Heritage site of the UNESCO, as well as Punta Loma, a reserve since 1967, hosts many pebble and sand beaches full of sea lions and rock shags, terns, cormorants as well as other wildlife like penguins on its beaches, also whales and dolphins offshore. It is wonderful to be able to observe these interesting animals without having to disturb them. The male sea lions have a mane, are darker in color and can attain up to 350 kg at more than 2 meters height. We greatly enjoyed this stop.
The Welsh have had close connections to the Patagonians ever since 150 Welsh people landed here in 1865 under difficult conditions. We visited the lush town Gaimán and enjoyed a Welsh tea spread with scones and biscuits. The houses are neat and well-kept with trees and gardens. All around this area, irrigated by a small waterway, the landscape is rocky, arid and bleak, covered with low, thorny plants.
We also visited the paleontogical Museum Egidio Feruglio in Trelew. It seems most of the bones and objects on display are not original, as they would be too heavy to support. However, it is an interesting place with good guides, a nice gift shop and coffee corner with generous cake slices.