Where is Puerto Madryn

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Where is Puerto Madryn? Puerto Madryn is a protected port located approximately halfway along the Argentine coast.

It is situated in the Golfo Nuevo, which is a natural deep-water port. Puerto Madryn is located at the western end of the Gulf.

Where is Puerto Madryn


The city of Puerto Madryn belongs to the Biedma Department of the province of Chubut. It was founded on July 28, 1865, the date of arrival, aboard the Mimosa sailboat, of the Welsh settlers to the coast of Chubut in front of what is now the city.

Its geographical coordinates are 42º 8′ south latitude and 65º 5′ west longitude in the Nuevo Gulf. It is an arid region and the marine influence contributes to reducing the rigor temperatures.

The extension of municipal land is 33,000 hectares, of which the residential zone occupies 850 hectares and 800 hectares its industrial zone.

In Puerto Madryn you can enjoy the extensive beaches.

Puerto Madryn is one of the most thriving cities in Patagonia because it brings together various economic activities: its deep-water port allows intense fishing activity, the city produces aluminum at its ALUAR (Aluminio Argentino SA) plant, and it has a thriving tourism industry . This city is a pioneer of underwater activity in the country and is a point of support to visit the surprising and unique Peninsula Valdés.

the city of whales

The New Gulf was known by English sailors and was carefully surveyed by Admiral Fitz Roy between 1826 and 1836. Moved by the organization of Lewis Jones (typographer), Edwin Roberts and Captain Sir Love Jones Parry (Madrin Castle in Arfon, hence the name of the port), on July 28, 1865, 153 Welshmen arrived at Bahía Nueva.

Although some of them were peasants, their objective was to cultivate the lower valley of the Chubut River and therefore their stay in the port was short. A few months later they moved to the riverbank where they dedicated themselves to growing wheat.

It is a summer tourist center and has a population of approximately 64,000 inhabitants.

In addition to the aluminum plant, which was built in the area mainly to take advantage of government concessions in the Patagonian ports, there are several processing plants related to the local fishing industry.

The main trade is the import of alumina and the export of aluminum ingots, by-products, frozen fish and wool.

Passenger ships stop in Dec-Mar due to the important reserves of coastal fauna in the area.

In Madryn there are two piers, the Luis Piedra Buena pier, which is used by fishing boats (old pier) and cruise ships (new pier), and the modern Almirante Storni pier.

The Almirante Storni Dock, built in reinforced concrete, was built especially for the aluminum plant, but also offers alternative berths for other vessels.

It projects east from the shore and the causeway ends in 4 berths at its eastern end.

Mooring or anchoring handling is done without tugboats 24 hours a day; the movements do not depend on the state of the tides.

Traffic figures:

The Trelew – Bahía Nueva railway line, the start of fishing at the beginning of the century and the establishment of ALUAR cemented strong uninterrupted growth in the 1970s.

Approximately 960 ships, 1,120,000t of cargo, 21,700TEU and 22,700 passengers handled annually.

How to get to Puerto Madryn

To get to Puerto Madryn from Buenos Aires you have to travel 1,400 kilometers along National Route 3. Several airlines operate daily in the city or in Trelew, which is only 67 kilometers away. To cover this distance buses can be hired.

One of the tourist attractions that have made this beautiful city famous throughout the world is whale watching.
Founded in 1865, with the arrival of 150 Welsh immigrants, the city of Puerto Madryn has a very large stable population and thousands of tourists visit this destination year after year.

For this reason, it continues to be the center of tourist services for the entire Patagonian coast and the gateway to the great Valdés Peninsula, which was declared a Natural Heritage Site in 1999.

From June to December several populations of southern right whales arrive in Puerto Madryn and can be seen on board the boats that depart from Puerto Pirámides or in natural viewpoints such as the one on the beach El Doradillo, where the whales and their calves are seen very close to the shore.

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Capital of diving in Argentina, Puerto Madryn attracts thousands of fans who come to dive for the first time. And its waters are so beautiful that new followers appear every year.

During the summer, the resorts of the city of Puerto Madryn and its surroundings receive thousands of visitors. All of them have the necessary infrastructure and are specially equipped for the practice of nautical activities, such as windsurfing and obviously sport fishing.

The best time of year to visit Puerto Madryn in Argentina

During the months of March, April, October and November, you are most likely to experience good weather with comfortable average temperatures ranging from 20 degrees Celsius (68 °F) to 25 degrees Celsius (77 °F).

Other data from our historical climate data:
What is the warmest month in Puerto Madryn?

January has an average maximum temperature of 28°C (82°F) and is the warmest month of the year.

What is the coldest month in Puerto Madryn?
The coldest month is July with an average maximum temperature of 12°C (53°F).

What is the rainiest month in Puerto Madryn?
May tops the list of wettest months with 20 mm (0.8 in) of rain.

What is the driest month in Puerto Madryn?
September is the driest month with 11 mm (0.4 in) of precipitation.

What is the sunniest month in Puerto Madryn?
January is the sunniest month with an average of 310 hours of sunshine.

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