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  • Location: Puerto Madryn, Argentina
  • Duration:  5 hours (approx.)
This shore excursion from Puerto Madryn takes you on a private tour of the towns of Trelew and Gaiman, the center of Welsh colonial settlement in Argentina. Step back in time as you browse interesting artifacts at Trelew’s Paleontological Museum, home to a replica of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cueva de las Manos, and spend time walking around the charming streets of Gaiman.

Highlights

  • Puerto Madryn shore excursion to Trelew and Gaiman
  • Take private tours of two Welsh towns with your professional guide
  • See fascinating artifacts at Trelew’s Paleontological Museum, home to a replica of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cueva de las Manos
  • Stroll through Gaiman’s quaint streets and stop for some traditional Welsh tea
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Puerto Madryn Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Trelew and Gaiman

See a replica of the Cueva de las Manos

When your cruise ship docks at the Puerto Madryn port, your professional guide will pick you up and take you 1 hour south to Trelew, where you'll discover the interesting Celtic origin of this cultural Patagonian hub on a private tour. You'll learn that the first Welsh immigrants in the 19th century left a mark on this picturesque town, as seen in the various chapels and architecture.

First, head to the Paleontological Museum, widely known for its interesting, authentic exhibits. Here, you’ll see original artifacts and ancient fossils as you tour several chronologically ordered rooms, each featuring a distinct environment according to the characteristics of the time period.

See a replica of the Cueva de las Manos (Cave of the Hands), a famous UNESCO World Heritage-listed cave in the valley of the Pinturas River. This life-like replica will transport you back to ancient times, giving you a unique look at what it was like to live in those caves some 13,000 years ago.

Also amazing is the bird room, where fossil reconstructions hang from the ceiling, making it seem as if they’re flying overhead. Don’t miss the room devoted to sea fossils and an interesting video about the origins and evolution of the universe.

After your tour of the museum, hop in the car and make your way to the nearby town of Gaiman, located near the River Chubut. Spend time with your knowledgeable guide walking along the charming streets to get a feel for the Welsh atmosphere -- Gaiman is actually the cultural and demographic center of the main region of Welsh settlement in Argentina. Stop by a café to sample some Welsh tea (own expense), prepared according to unique standards and accompanied by homemade pastries.

You’ll then be driven back to the Puerto Madryn port to conclude your tour.

Worry-Free Shore Excursion
We will ensure your timely return to the Puerto Madryn port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

We took this as Private tour from our cruise ship. As there were just 4 of us it was expensive but nothing of a similar sort was being offered by the cruise line and as our travelling companions were Welsh it was a must for them. We were not disappointed in any way. Our guide was delightful and a descendant of one of the original Welsh Settlers - his name proudly shown to us on the memorial statue. She was very informative and tailor-made the day to suit us. The time was well utilised to include a Welsh Tea. A very worthwhile trip with variety and interest. Good value for the money and even better if you are a larger group. This was the second time we had used Viator on this trip and again I have no hesitation in recommending them. I will definitely use them again.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better April 2014

I would not recommend this tour. We booked a private tour in ENGLISH which we confirmed by phone. Instead we had a Spanish speaking guide with an interpreter who was just a student. He was a very personable fellow, but admitted it was his first attempt at the job he was not a qualified translator. The guide was very enthusiastic and seemed knowledgeable. She would speak for several minutes but we would usually get about a 1 sentence translation. The ride was longer than anticipated and without background information, a little boring. We visited a historic museum and ate lunch, both at our own expense. The tour was expensive for what we received. We spoke with others who arranged transportation for less than 1/3 the cost. The van was nice, but we were a bit cramped because having to carry the translator. The villages were unremarkable. We left a good tip because we felt it was the providers fault the guide did not speak English. We contacted Viator about the issue and the response from the tour provider was: “We have a problem the day before so we have to make the tour with a guide that speak a little bit of english, because of that we go with an interpreter. The interpreter only have problems when they ask him opinion about the politic, education and economic situation of Argentina. We go with the interpreter to give them the service they book.”
Despite the tour operator’s lack of willingness to take responsibility for our bad experience, Viator gave us a partial refund. I have used Viator for other tours and have received good value. I recommend Viator as a booking agent, but not this tour.

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