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Named after the Welsh Baron of Madryn, and founded in 1865, Puerto Madryn in Argentine Patagonia is most famous for its animal life. It's protected by the Valdés Peninsula, shielding the animals that migrate there from outside threats and making it a unique location for seeing uncommon wildlife. In winter (remember, South American winter is the northern hemisphere's summer) there are excursions to see dolphins, penguins, whales and elephant seals. Whale season is June through December.

In summer, the beaches are packed and you can kitesurf, kayak an motorski. Though it's the most populated costal city of Southern Argentina, the nightlife isn't the main attraction; the wildlife and beaches are. The combination of desert terrain, cliffs, beaches and local caves offer lots of things to do in the daytime.

Check out Matador's articles on Puerto Madryn below.

Photo: Mariano Fotos

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