Puerto Madryn(Touristic Zone)
The wind strength over the waves
Located on the coast of Golfo Nuevo gulf, Puerto Madryn is surrounded by charming natural
landscapes and characterized by exquisite quarters of great architectonic beauty. It reveals its
tourist essence through the quality and quantity of the hotel, culinary and general services
offered. Impossible to resist to delicious shellfish dishes, the opportunity of diving through
crystal waters – is the most important scuba diving center in the country – or dominating the wind
in a windsurf sailboard. The varied activities that are offered in this area constitute the spirit
of Puerto Madryn. Mountain bike, trekking, sandboard, horse riding and water tours are also
practised in other places, but only a few times you will be able to practise them in such a
beautiful and attractive scenery as the one offered by the steppe and the Golf joined by the color
contrast and steep cliffs interrupted by vast beaches. Museums, historic spots, nightlife and the
proximity to the main attractions and localities in the region, complement an exceptional choice
that will marvel the visitor.
We would like to thank the "Secretaría de Turismo" of the Province of Chubut for the
information and pictures provided.
Located 17 km (10.5 miles) away from the city of Trelew, known by its Welsh tradition as shown in
the Welsh Tea Shops, the stone and brickwork constructions, and the old Chapels will approach you
to the source of the original settlers. Gaiman offers the possibility of staying in the urban area
at hotels, inns, and in rural areas like in a lodging house situated on the bank of Chubut River.
Traditional Welsh Tea can be tasted in a Tea House and also international food can be tasted. An
excellent choice to enjoy shared with friends would be a stroll through the riverbank and the mild
streets before a delicious classical Welsh tea.
A tour around Puerto Madryn City
The starting point is Punta Cuevas, where you will be able to appreciate the ruins of the first
Welsh settlement in the area. These caves, dating back to 1865, were the first dwellings of Puerto
Madryn and are among the oldest in the entire Patagonia. They are considered a historical site.
There you will find the Punta Cuevas exhibition center where there are objects of early settlers
and you will learn about the history of two cultures: Aboriginal and Welsh.
From there you continue to the Tehuelche Indian monument, from where you will have a
panoramic view of the city, beaches, industrial estate and fish processing factories. Going down
Boulevard Brown you will see the residential area of the city. Along 28 de Julio Street and
reaching Mitre Street, we encounter the Plaza Gral. San Martin, the Town Hall, the church and old
When you arrive to the last turning point, leaving on the right the Luis Piedrabuena Pier and
the Prefectura building (Police Station) take Yrigoyen up to Mosconi streets and then turn right to
arrive to Chalet Pujol now converted into the Oceanographic and Natural Sciences Museum. Opposite
it, the old house of the Railway manager can be seen. Keep on driving along Domecq García to get to
Muelle Storni (Storni Pier) and the Aluar aluminum factory to complete the tour of the history and
development of the city.
Paseo de los Artesanos
It is located on José de San Martín Central Square, the winter schedule is Fridays, Saturdays and
Sundays from 16:00 to 21:00 hours, and the summer schedule is every day from 18:00 to 24:00 hs.
A tour through southern beaches
Cliffs, sand and pebbles are the characteristic features of more than 30 km (18.6 miles) of beaches
located in Madryn and bordering coasts of Golfo Nuevo. The gulf waters bathe the coasts
characterized by the serenity of empty spaces and, for those who prefer the city comfort and
services, 3 km. (1.8 miles) of beaches with 7 seaside resorts bordering the city.
Walking by, restaurants where to taste fish and shellfish dishes and the traditional roasted
lamb are found. Kayaks, windsurf sails, bicycles and the snorkeling practicing equipment are for
rental. It is possible to practice sailing, water tour in catamarans, cruises and motorboats.
The transparent depths of the Gulf hosts seven underwater parks that are visited for tourist
and divers that return every season, all over the year. In order to have an underwater baptism you
do not need to be able to swim, just a few minutes of training are enough to discover the
Patagonian sea bottom. Tours to visit the dusky dolphins are organized daily. This approaching
experience allows discovering feeding characteristic, play capacity, movement and behavior
Summer days are longer, increasing 7 hours approximately comparing to winter, so it is ideal
to enjoy the vast beaches. If you are in the city during a full moon period, check on the newspaper
the time it rises and get ready to live an amazing sunset, with a landscape that stretches to each
horizon. Do not forget to include on your luggage sunglasses, sun block and a thin jacket, even in
Valle del Río Encantado, Agricultural tourism circuit
This circuit of Valle del Río Encantado includes 10 establishments, from Trelew to Dolavon, where
the typical products are manufactured, such as wine, fine fruits, dairy products, flowers and
aromatic herbs. Traditional ambiances, farm activities, tasting typical regional products,
practicing adventure sports in rural or coastal cliffs landscapes and eventually to spend the night
in typical Patagonian ranches can be enjoyed. A destination to visit, to enjoy the beaches, to see
toninas overas (Commerson’s dolphin) and to visit the Pier.
Its purpose is to show and explain the productive activities of a rural establishment, in
order get to know the agriculture and farmer world. In a place where agricultural tourism is
offered, the visitor will be able to know about the different breeding, harvesting and marketing
techniques and also to taste products. The establishments can be visited in private or in small
groups, paying a ticket in most of them, which allows visiting the facilities and a guided tour
made by the owner or person in charge.
After the visit you will enjoy a product tasting and their services. You can buy liquors,
jams, handmade confectionery, flowers, fruits and vegetables and aromatic herbs. Services of rural
canteens, didactic farms, small museums and recreational activities are also included.
Florentino Ameghino Dike
This imposing engineering work located 120 km (74.5 miles) away from Trelew, to the west,
concentrates its population in a quiet villa surrounded by a spectacular frame of huge red stone
walls and the impressive big wall of the dike that contains the artificial reservoir of over 25 km
(15.5 miles) long. The villa has a campsite equipped with stoves, toilets and a grocer’s shop,
activities such as rowing, climbing and trekking can be practised. If you are a fishing lover, you
will be able to fish salmon, perch and sea silverside in the Florentino Ameghino Reservoir.
Playa Unión (Unión Beach)
Bordering the port, Playa Unión invites you to enjoy all the services offered which include
campsites, different tourist lodgings, commerce, sports centers, bars and dancing pubs that provide
a special nightlife during the summer months.
It is an ideal place to practice Windsurfing and surfing. Other possibilities are the coastal
fishing, watching toninas overas (Commerson’s dolphins) from the port, during the entire year
(except the months of January and February, which is the reproduction season) on board a boat,
constituting a wild and attractive spectacle where to enjoy vast solitary beaches of soft slope and
where long walks or the simple and marvelous contemplation are allowed.
Fun and recreation constitute an attraction pole for tourists but it had not modified the
characteristics of a bathing resort villa nor its tranquility, the 24 hs. security and the
hospitality of its people. The Playa Magagna is located in Playa Magagna, a group of beaches of
different characteristics. These coasts are rich in bivalves and octopus, giving a different
alternative to visitors.