Puerto Madryn, Argentina (map)
While in Bariloche we had a really hard time deciding where we wanted to travel to next. We had heard amazing things about heading further south into Patagonia, but we also were kind of ready for a new country altogether. Argentina actually ended up being a 3 week country for us, which is the longest we have spent anywhere so far.
After much flight searching we finally found one worth purchasing. We were going to South Africa! The only downer was we would have to back track to Buenos Aires in order to catch our flight to Cape Town. Instead of heading straight to Buenos Aires we decided to look into another area we had previously researched in Patagonia, which happens to be on the east coast somewhat on the way toward Buenos Aires. We booked our bus tickets and had 2 days to spend in the small coastal town of Puerto Madryn.
Puerto Madryn is famous for their whale watching, sea lions and nearby penguin colonies. It was a short trip, but we were able to see many whales and sea lions during our stay. We decided to rough it to the whale beach by bicycling there, which turned out to be somewhat of a disaster. Thankfully we were able to hitch a ride back to town with a nice couple who happened to be driving a pick-up truck.
The next day we set out for Punta Loma, the area where there are hundreds of Sea Lions. Again, we were unaware of how far away Punta Loma would be and we ended up AGAIN hitching a ride back to town. This time it was with a large school tour bus.
Don’t worry parents…we are not going to become regular hitchhikers!