Chubut is located in the Patagonian Argentina, set on vast plains between the Andes Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Here you can also experience one of the riches faunas in the Patagonia such as:
Elephant seals, penguins as well as wales from June to December in the Valdés Peninsula. The beachside city of Puerto Madryn is a gateway for excursions to both the Valdés Peninsula and Punta Tombo, sheltering a Magellanic penguin breeding colony.
This post will be divided in two:
As Chubut’s most popular attractions are located on the east, firstly, I will cover some destinations along the Ruta 40, and, in the second part, the best places such as Puerto Madryn or Peninsula de Valdes.
Down By the Ruta 40:
In the town of Lago Puelo (located to the northwest of the province of Chubut and almost pasted to the Bolsón) you will find the National Park with the same name. The whole area is the result of an intense glacial action, which gave rise to the valleys and the melting of the basins formed lakes. In this Park, the Selva Valdiviana (Valdivian Jungle) is observed. It is an excellent place to rest in contact with nature. You can also go hiking and camping!
In the National park, after a walk of approximately 1 hour, between climbs and nature, you will arrive at the viewpoint of Lage Puelo, undoubtedly the best view of the national park. It is a very beautiful place to rest after the exercise of ascension. If the views in themselves are incredible, the tranquility that exudes multiplies their recommendation.
At only 40km of Lago Puelo, you will find Epuyen, a town in Chubut characterized by its tranquility and peace. Epuyen is mainly known for its lake.
One of the most beautiful views of the Andean mountain range. Discover the National Park “Los Alerces” at about 20km to the west from Esquel.
There are some Argentinian towns that have a history that comes directly from another country: One of them is Trevelin, whose name comes from a Welsh word that means “Town of the Mill”.
It was the Welsh who sailed from the port of Liverpool and arrived to Argentina in 1865. Little by little, they settled and, 20 years later they crossed the province looking for new lands to sit for a while. The 1rst February 1888 was officially created the “colony October 16” where the Mill Village is located.
Currently, Trevelin is a charming village with about 11000 inhabitants, surrounded by a landscape full of incredible beauty. It has rivers, lakes, lagoons and cascades with crystalline water. In the village, its history and culture are interesting attractions. You can visit places as: “El Molino”, “Cartref Taid”, “Bethel Chapel”, “Holdich Stone”, “Plaza Coronel Fontana” and many more things that the inhabitants of Trevelin will be delighted to show.
There aren’t that many interesting places to see in this part of the Ruta 40, that’s why many travelers choose to descend by the Chilean Patagonia (you can find more info about the Chilean Patagonia here. From Trevelin you can cross the border to Futaleufú, Chile, located at only 50 kilometers away.
Chubut’s east coast
Founded in 1865 with the arrival of the Welsh on its shores, it is named after Madryn in honor of the Baron of Madryn in Wales. In 1886 between Welsh, Spaniards and Italians they achieved the installation of the railroad tracks that would join this city with Trelew, another Welsh city located on the south, becoming the port of entry and exit to the colony. It has a very pleasant temperature , in summer between 14 º and 35 º and in winter minimum of 5 º.
It is a unique city to enjoy all year round. Patagonic flora and fauna show the beauty of a city with Patagonian identity. Its extensive beaches invite you to see the whales from June to December and, in summer to enjoy the sun and sea!
What to visit near Puerto Madryn?
The beauty of this place is due to many reasons, among them, are the large number of animals that inhabit it, such as whales, wolves, sea elephants, penguins, birds and many more species that are concentrated in this natural reserve . The arrival to this peninsula, is in itself a delight for the senses, beginning with the blue color of the sea that surrounds it is a uniquely appreciable in the sea of Patagonia. Following with the huge amount of birds that welcome visitors. At the entrance you will find the Interpretation Center F. Ameghino and the Regional Museum of San José, where you will informed about the geography of the place like the points to visit, its flora and fauna, and history. At about 25 kilometers from this point there is a steppe where you can see a range of golden cliffs, it is at this point that you can observe the famous southern right whales, which come to the south in the months of June to December to give birth to her young. From this point you can continue the trip with a visit to some of the different reserves that are in the peninsula, diving, among many other activities available to visitors.
Dawn and sunset are the most precious moments for a photographer. Pure and intense colors where the landscape passes to the background and sunlight becomes the protagonist.
Punta Tombo is a small and paradisiac place located in the extreme east of the Peninsula Valdés, where there is only one lighthouse that dates from 1905. Its light gives life to this end of Peninsula Valdés. Here you can find a restaurant in which you can taste the Patagonian lamb or where you can rent rooms to sleep. The surroundings are characteristic of Patagonia, from small dunes with some slope you can see a colony of elephant seals. The male can reach 6 m. long and up to 4 tons in weight, is characterized by its great trunk, it is easy to discover which is the sultan owner of a harem of 160 females all to their availability, it is important not to try to go down to the beach because it would not be the first time a human gets attacked.
Continue your Patagonian Route in Santa Cruz; home of the best trekking spots and glaciers.
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