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Feb 20, 2019 - At Sea and White Night

04 10 Feb. 20, 2019 At Sea and White Night Another day at sea began with an amazing sunrise. This has been a cruise with the most days at sea and taught us not to take an ocean crossing cruise in the future! It was a leisurely time at sea with not a lot of rolling and pitching. Tom tried a hot dog from the patio. It was a bit better than the one from Chile, but still not like back home. Many of the passengers were spread out on the pool deck absorbing the rays. Deck five also has deck chairs and is out of the direct sun making it one of our...

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Feb 18, 2019 - At Sea and Puerto Madryn, Argentina

04 08 Feb. 17-18, 2019 At Sea Instead of taking 2 days at sea to reach Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands, we headed to a calmer part of the South Atlantic and closer to the mainland. We dined at Prime C, one of the two premium restaurants and then enjoyed the dancing show by Sasha and Dyma - two very talented performers. 04 09 Feb. 19, 2019 Puerto Madryn, Argentina We chose a two-stop tour that first took us to a sheep ranch - San Guillermo. Here out in the Patagonia pampas desert away from civilization, the owner decided to fashion his...

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Feb 6, 2018 - Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Today we are visiting Puerto Madryn, Argentina, but before I get into that, I am dedicating this particular posting to “ship board dining etiquette”, or lack of. Those who have traveled by ship know what I am talking about, but for others “here’s your sign.” Dining in the Dining Room is fairly straight forward as you usually have a dress code to follow, a specific time to arrive, someone to meet you at the entrance, someone to guide you to your table, someone to place a napkin on your lap, someone to hand you a menu (which is a good sign...

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Dec 18, 2017 - Puerto Madryn, Argentina

It's a very long tedious bus ride to the Punto Tombo Penguin Preserve but we had to get our penguin fix. Andrew is our guide on the ship's tour. He was born in Puerto Madryn but amazingly, while giving us some history and geography lessons, he mentioned the Falkland Islands and not the Malvinas Punta Tombo National Reserve is a long, narrow peninsula on Argentina’s central coast. It’s known for its vast colony of Magellanic penguins. Trails and boardwalks weave across the arid, gravelly terrain, which is full of small shrubs and burrows...

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Dec 12, 2017 - Rincon Chico, Augustine, Maria and Germina

Our accommodation is based on a Estancia Ranch with 16 rooms and for our first night we were with an American couple, but they left in the morning thereafter we were there by ourselves, so every day was a Spanish lesson followed by mind blowing experiences. Augustine is like a David Attenborough and Jacques Cousteau mixed into one but he is living the dream not showing it. I have so much admiration for him as he has converted the sheep farm and turned I his ranch back to nature. He has set up camera traps across his land to capture the...

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Dec 12, 2017 - Valdes Penisular This is truly an unbelievable and emotionally fulfilling and spectacular wildlife sanctuary in the world

This is the area where the orcas beach themselves to catch the sealion and elephant seal pups, but more later. I will be writing a day a page for this period as I have been so moved and inspired by the area and our host family Augustine and Marie at Estancia Rincon Chico in the very South East corner of the Valdes Peninsular. Anyhow more of this later. Phillips pick us up from the airport in a monster truck, Alison needed steps (to get in) exited the airport on the main motorway, which if we headed north for 20 hours would have got us back...

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Dec 12, 2017 - Last day on Valdes Penisular

We sadly leave Rincon Chico as Phillppe comes up to collect us, we have had a memorable life affirming experience. We leave and go looking for Orca, unfortunately the tides and winds are against us, so we search in hope. Phillipe takes us to Punta Caldes as well as Punta Nord where the orcas beaching was first witnessed and filmed to a global market. The visit to San Lorenzo Penguin Rookery which was clearly controlled and the birds used to human intervention, bit we got much closer to the chicks and birds. We managed to photo the...

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Dec 12, 2017 - Penguins, penguins everywhere

After another fantastic sunset and on another day in wild Patagonia, Augustine informs us that the wind is not good for orca, but we will go to the coast to have a look. After driving for over two hours we go to the coast on the east on his friends ranch to look for orca. We have a packed lunch so it may be a long wait. Having parked up in the dunes we wander down to coast and see a Megellian Penguin. Further on we notice them everywhere, under each of the bushes with perhaps 3 or 4 nesting birds with one of the parents and either chicks X...

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Apr 17, 2017 - 27 March 2017 - Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn is a port town which was originally colonized around 1865 by the Welsh who were looking for somewhere to found a new town and preserve their language and customs. There are supposed to be 3 Spanish/Welsh speaking schools still in the area. Weather is still no good, but we have organised a guide to come with us to the Valdez Peninsula tomorrow. This area is supposed to have fantastic wildlife, but the weather was so bad I think it was all hiding. We turned around at midday as the truck was sliding over the road and it seemed...

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Feb 24, 2015 - Puerto Madryn - Day 11

Day 11 – Puerto Madryn, Argentina – February 24, 2015 Sometime in the middle of the night we entered Golfo Nuevo – but did not take on our pilot unit early morning to make our final approach to the long pier that was built out to where the water was deep enough for ships our size. Puerto Madryn was founded in 1865 and is about halfway from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires on Argentina’s eastern coast. It is a large Welsh community that was started when the immigrants on board the clipper Mimosa settled and named the harbor Port Madryn in honor of an...

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Jun 17, 2014 - the gateway to the animal kingdom ♥

As we bittersweetly left the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires, we leave with these initial impressions: - BA has the timeless look of a european city with the warmth of a Latin American culture - they love their dogs (not unusual to see someone walking 5+ dogs at a time!) But hate cleaning up dog poop! There's dog crap everywhere - watch your step!! - with every coffee or tea, you receive a mysterious shot glass full of lukewarm carbonated water... we have yet to figure out what it's intended for - the "sketchy" neighborhoods aren't as...

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Feb 8, 2014 - Ushuaia to Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Wednesday 5th February 2014 Ushuaia, Argentina to Ghost Town Bush Camp, near Punta Arenas, Chile (650km – 13 hours incl breaks) It was snowing when we woke up to pack up our tent this morning, so as you can imagine, pretty cold! After we packed the tent up, we had breakfast and left Ushuaia. We had a really nice time there – not only picturesquely beautiful but a nice feeling about it . As we drove out of the town all the hills around the town were covered in new snow from overnight, and it continued snowing until we reached the part of the...

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