Trip Start Sep 19, 2005
35Trip End Mar 19, 2006
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Wow, what a day! Today I have managed to do one of the things I most wanted to do in Argentina - whale watching in the Patagonian nature reserve of Peninsula Valdes. I am staying in Puerto Madryn, the nearest decent sized town to the peninsula, in a hostel. I organised the trip through the hostel with a couple of other people, and we set off early this morning for the peninsula. Its a really, really huge area sticking out horizontally into the Atlantic, with a tiny town called Puerto Piramide at the centre. Only about 200 people live here, and apart from that, there are a few estancias and lots of sheep, and thatīs it!
The whale watching itself almost didnīt happen as the entire port of Puerto Piramides was closed when I got to Puerto Madryn yesterday, meaning none of the boats could go out at all
After lunch, the wind dropped a bit, changed direction and cleared the sky, so we headed back to see if we could take a boat out. Well, as you can tell, we could, (hurray!) and it was such a brilliant experience. For about an hour an a half, we bobbed about in a little boat with about 15 of us in it, with the engine cut whilst huge barnacled whales circled us
I am a bit windswept and knackered now, so going to bed early. Iīm going to try to plan where to go next tomorrow, bus schedules etc permitting. The last bus from Viedma to Puerto Madryn was rubbish so will try to get a better one next time!