From El Bolson across the country to p....p....p.....pick up a penguin @ Puerto Madryn
02.03.2012 - 08.03.2012
From Barlioche to El Boson about 2 hours away where we chilled out with Craig and Gemma who we met in Barlioche. A small town to say the least but we did a little bit more trekking over the weekend, this time to a hidden waterfall and a cliff shaped like an Indian’s head.
And from here to the Eastern coast of Argentina for a change of scenery to a place called Puerto Madryn where I got to dip my toes in the Atlantic, the first time in a long time, I could almost smell home. Here we got to check out the local penguin colony, the world’s largest rookery of Magellanic penguins. Whoever knew there were 17 different types of penguin in the world! They were so small and cute but not in the snowy icy conditions you’d expect (these are emperor penguins found only in the Antartic) but sunny 25degree heat! Bit like the ones in Victoria Australia. We were lucky to see them as in March/April they begin to abandon their nests in the colony and head out to sea and northwards to southern Brazil. Could’ve taken one home with me! Don't think they'd have noticed one missing out of the million or so that are living there at the moment!
Also spent a day on the Valdes peninsula to see the sea lions and elephant seals (The latter are HUGE!) Not as impressive as the penguins but nice to see all the same. We spent more time on the bus than off it which is hard in the heat. Yes! It was hot here! Off to El Chalten and El Calafate next by overnight bus for some more trekking and glacier adventures. Hope the weather is on our side!