This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Puerto Madryn. To help you make friends with Puerto Madryn before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Puerto Madryn was founded by 150 Welsh immigrants in 1865, and is the largest community in Welsh Patagonia. Although today much of its Welsh character has been lost, its museums offer a glimpse into this past and its location provides easy access to the communities of the lower Chubut valley, many of which cling fiercely to their Welsh heritage.
Puerto Madryn is also the gateway for Peninsula Valdés, one of Argentina’s prime wildlife-viewing locations. At different times of year, you can see Magellanic penguins, orcas, sea lions and whales – although not all at once. The town has further embraced this eco-conscious bent with the Ecocentro, that has thought-provoking displays of marine ecosystems. If you’re more of an active type, Puerto Madryn hostels are very close to the seaside which means there are ample opportunities to do many kinds of water-based activities.
For aficionados of literature, Puerto Madryn also has ties to Antoine St.-Exupéry (author of The Little Prince). He flew in the area as the mail pilot in the early part of the 20th century.
The bus terminal is centrally located, making it an easy walk to Puerto Madyrn hostels, which are located primarily in the downtown core. The town is structured on a grid system along a long stretch of beach, so it’s easy to find your way around.
Written by local enthusiast for Puerto Madryn hostelscanuckatlarge