The busy port city and adventure hub of Ushuaia is often referred to as the “end of the world” for its far southern setting in the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego. From the glacial peaks of the Fuegian Andes to the Beagle Channel, stunning scenery abounds. Here’s how to make the most of it.
Puerto Madryn Cruise Port
Puerto Madryn, Patagonia
After docking at one of the Puerto Madryn Cruise Port’s two piers, most travelers head out to explore the Valdes Peninsula during organized shore excursions. Popular options include trips to see Magellanic penguins at the Punta Tombo Penguin Reserve, sea lion colonies and whales off the coast, and former Welsh colonial towns. Water sports such as snorkeling and diving are also popular options, as are hiking and biking excursions into the wider Argentine Patagonia region.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Most of the appeal of Puerto Madryn lies with the nearby natural attractions, water sports activities, and wildlife-spotting opportunities.
- Learn about the region’s Welsh colonial heritage in the towns of Trelew and Gaiman.
- Birdwatchers and animal lovers will be extremely well-catered to in Puerto Madryn and the surrounds.
- Temperatures are highly changeable in Puerto Madryn, so pack light layers and prepare for all weather.
- Cruise ships dock at one of two piers in Puerto Madryn: the Luis Piedra Buena Pier, and the Almirante Storni Pier.
- Whales are visible off the coast between May and December each year.
How to Get to Puerto Madryn From the Puerto Madryn Cruise Port
Cruise ships dock at one of two piers—the Luis Piedra Buena Pier, which is situated in the downtown and offers shuttle services between the ship and shore; and the Almirante Storni Pier (aka Pier of Aluar), a 20-minute drive from Puerto Madryn proper. Metered taxis are the best way to get into the city if you're not participating in a shore excursion.
The local language is Spanish, although English will likely be understood by those in the tourism industry. Although the official currency is the Argentinian peso, US dollars and euros are also widely accepted. Money can be changed at banks around the city and ATMs are available throughout town as well. Credit cards are also generally accepted, but it may be difficult to cash traveler’s checks.
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