Trip Start Aug 17, 2009
55Trip End Jul 15, 2010
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After a feed of the best empanadas weŽve ever had, seriously, we went to the beach for the afternoon and Brian promptly fell asleep. When Sleeping Beauty was awake we went for a walk to check out the town. Not a whole lot to see. It reminded me alot of Salthill in Galway or Bray where John and Marie live
The bus collected us at half past seven and took us to Rawson where us and another two went for a big walk along the beach. There was a boat tour out into the sea to see some dolphins, the smallest of their kind in the world apparently, but it was extra money and we really couldnŽt be bothered. It was just as well we didnŽt. One of the people who did go on trip was very disappointed when they got back, angry even. They had only been out at sea for about thirty minutes and had hardly seen anything. Lucky us.
From Rawson we continued on south to Punto Tombo. This is a huge National Reserve where there are one million plus magellan penguins living in their natural habitat. I was so excited. We got to the park, had a bite to eat and then we were off. It was the most amazing experience, really it was. All of these penguins waddling about, up to their own business and taking not a blind bit of notice of all these humans taking their photos and being among them
The penguins are about fifty centimetres high when fully grown and make nests in the surrounding bushes. We saw them waddling about, basking in the sun with their heads up and their eyes closed (bliss), swimming and fishing and standing about either on the beach or up by their nests. The park was amazingly well laid out. You followed a distinct path that took you right down to a cliff overlooking the beach where they entered and exited the sea. The penguins crossed the path at so many different points and there were even some penguins lying out in the middle of the path, you had to step around them. They had look out bridges where the penguins could hide from the sun underneath and a look out point where you got an amazing view of the entire colony. We were able to walk out to the tidal pool too. This was in a cove a bit away from the beach where the moms teach the babies how to swim. It was an incredible day. IŽve never been that close or been able to see them without cages surrounding them. Amazing.
We spent another two days in Puerto Madryn on the beach and around the hostel. We ate an awful lot of empanadas and took many other people down with us. We met a couple from England who were near the end of their year long journey and a Dublin couple who were only beginning. There was good craic in the hostel swapping stories etc.
We took a night bus to Necochea further up the coast in the hope of some beach time.