Penguins

Trip Start Nov 15, 2008
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Trip End Jun 15, 2009


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Thursday, February 26, 2009

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And so it was three buses and 30hrs later that we arrived in Puerto Madryn.  The only reason you come here is to do some nature watching, so that's what we did.  It is best known for Wales, but we were off season, and you can see whales in Newcastle.  What we had come to see were the penguins.
 
We booked our tour from the hostel, thinking it would end up being another 50 person huge group, and when we got picked up in a car and started driving out of town we thought we must be meeting up with the rest of the group a bit later.  Well it turned out that we were the only ones !  Private tour, now I didn't think we had enough money for this kind of treatment (and considering we had just found out that all of our pounds were gone! Aussie money for us now!).
 
The penguin colony was a few hrs away at Point Tombo, where more then a Million penguins migrated to breed.  It was a vey cool day, the penguins weren't scared of you at all and you could get just a few centimetres away from them.  Our guide was very knowledgeable and could answer any question we had.  They looked very cute waddling up and down the beach and jumping off rocks to get into the water.
 
We were hoping to go snorkelling with some sea lions while we were here, but for 400 pesos, it was just a bit out of our budget.  So now we are on to Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina and home of Tango dancing, can't wait.
 
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