Puerto Madryn

Puerto Madryn is a city in southern Argentina. It is located on the Golfo Nuevo south of the Peninsula Valdes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on the Atlantic coast in the province of Chubut belonging to Patagonia.

With 81 995 inhabitants ( 2010) Puerto Madryn is the third largest city in the province. It is the capital and only major city of the department of Biedma.


The city lies at the foot of the Patagonian meseta, which falls in the Golfo Nuevo in the form of a natural amphitheater facing the sea. North of the Gulf includes the Valdés Peninsula, a world-renowned nature reserve (since 1999 a UNESCO World Heritage Site), on the wildlife of the coast until today largely intact ( sea lions, whales, penguins, seals, various bird species). The vegetation is sparse throughout the environment and from the Monte, a steppe liable bush landscape marked.

The climate is temperate and dry. It is characterized mainly by the strong winds that Pamperos that blow from the southwest. The summer is warm with an average temperature of 21 ° C in January (Day Extreme 27/16 ° C) and the winters cool 8 ° C in July (Days Extreme 13/3 ° C). The sunshine duration is high throughout the year, which makes the city suitable as a seaside resort; Moreover, the water temperatures are higher by the warm Brazil Current in the summer than in the more northerly coastal towns of the province of Buenos Aires.


The city was founded in 1865 by immigrants from Wales. End of the 19th century, the place was a railway line connected (now decommissioned) to the south-west inland, the neighboring city of Trelew, in whose vicinity intensive agricultural practices; the products were shipped to Puerto Madryn. Around 1970, however, a drop in the activity of the city was recorded due to an unfavorable tariff policy; their importance as a port has declined. Since then, the economy of Puerto Madryn has been duplicated, it was the location of industry (particularly aluminum production) and an increase in tourism. The city has since recovered from their slump and has a high rate of population growth.


In the city there is a branch of the Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia, offered on the position- specific courses such as marine biology and fisheries engineering. Desweiterein here is the training institute CENPAT take place in the conventions and other events.

Economy and infrastructure

The city is significant as the location of the only aluminum producer in the country, as well as ALUAR center of fishing and tourism in the province. In tourism Puerto Madryn is important as a starting point for tours of the Peninsula Valdés, with its intact animal world as well as a beach resort. Especially as a diving center in Puerto Madryn has also made ​​an international name. The city had 7,404 hotel beds in 2011.

The small airport El tehuelche ( IATA code: PMY ) connects Puerto Madryn on the air with Buenos Aires and other cities in Argentina. In the wider area of the city, the larger Almirante Marcos A. Zar Airport is located near the city of Trelew.


  • United Kingdom Nefyn, Wales, UK, since September 24, 1998
  • Italy Paola, Italy, since 1994
  • Peru Pisco, Peru, since November 25, 1994
  • Chile Puerto Montt, Chile, since February 12, 1994


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