Located in the Patagonia region of Argentina on the shores of Gulfo Nuevo, the city of Puerto Madryn is best known as the gateway to Peninsula Valdes. It is also a popular summer destination because of its beautiful beaches although the water can be very cold. With the explosion of tourism in recent years, Madryn has undergone rapid growth, and the town’s small permanent population swells exponentially during the summer months.
Many tour agents in Puerto Madryn run trips to visit Peninsula Valdes. Whale Watching tours are also popular as the Southern Right Whale uses the waters of Gulfo Nuevo for breeding and giving birth. From July to September the whales are so close they can be viewed without even taking a tour, from the coast 12 miles (20km) north of town or the 1600 feet (500 meter) long pier in town.