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Elephant Seals... this close!

Puerto Madryn, Punta Ninfas

sunny 28 °C

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What a whirlwind day! We arrived in Puerto Madryn after our now familiar long overnight bus ride, thinking we'd just chill out for a day, take a daytour around Peninsula Valdez tomorrow and be off. Instead, we arrived around 8am, grabbed some yummy empanadas for breakfast, checked in at our hostel (Chepatagonia, the only one I'd recommend so far) where the very lovely and helpful Maru told us about all the different sites we could see and tours we could do. Our two day itinerary turned into three, and we were out that afternoon to get within three metres of elephant seals. Ultimately, we're not even doing Peninsula Valdez, but a series of trips that get us closer to the animals. If it was a different season Peninsula Valdez would be the main event to see killer whale's feeding or other whales with calfs. Apparently there is some chance we could see the killer whales, but they've only been spotted once in the last 2 weeks, and aren't as frequent this time of year, so we are getting up close and personal with elephant seals, sea lions, penguins and the world's smallest dolphin (if I understood them correctly).

We headed out at 2pm to see the elephant seals, and after an hour and half on a dusty dirt road with the same scenery we'd been watching for several hours before we arrived (see below), we got to Punta Ninfas, and climbed down to the beach where there were several groups of elephant seals lying around (mainly juveniles due to the time of the year and some females). While a little hard to get to, it's a public beach, so you can walk right up to them. Our guide gave us some tips on getting closer without disturbing them, and then just left us to admire them for god knows how long, I could have watched them forever. It must have been a few hours because we didn't arrive back at the hostel until almost 10pm. I think photos are better than words for this one.

A whole lot of this yesterday, today, and for the rest of our trip down to Calafate and El Chalten
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Elephant seals!
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Posted by Addy21 10:11 Archived in Argentina Tagged elephant seals

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