Having a whale of a time

Trip Start Oct 01, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Argentina  , Patagonia,
Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Still cringing after reading the title? Good, i nearly chose īp-p-ppick up a pinguin' ..So the bus terminal is only a couple of blocks walk from the centre of town, a couple extra brought me to the rather bland HI hostel of Peurto Madryn, 35peso a night, I did have plans to stay on the actual penisula but was warned by a couple of Brit backpackers in Calafate that it would be a waste of time, which later proved true because the tour breezes through it whilst trying to travel and stay there takes all day..

I turned up at the start of the whale watching season, just from the towns beach and pier you get good views of them mucking around about 60 metres out a sea.. It was quite impressive but I wanted more so when I returned to the hostel I signed up for the 250 peso all day tour..

The tour was well worth the $80us that the exchange rates work out right now.. For me the best part was the whales at the closest beach right at the start of the tour,. it could have been perfect if I was on the beach to myself, but as a fare paying tourist I can't really complain too much. The rest was great incl. getting quite close to the sealions and penguins, the boat whale watching tour sucked, more out of bad luck as we got close to a mother and calf which was cool but they were a little docile (must try harder for the tourists!!).. Especially a few hundred metres away another boat tour was getting shown flips and large whaletail airs.. Another thing that sucked was about half of fellow passengers had' flu like symptoms'.. A few days later I would succumb too, I wish more people would do the japenese thing with the facemasks when unwell..

When i returned to the hostel i realised their wasnt anything else to do around town apart from sleep, so left that evening, forfeiting a nights stay and caught a cama nightbus, 282peso with 'Mar y Valle' which I prefered over Andesmar buses, to Bariloche to try my hand at snowboarding..
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