Sights in Puerto Madryn
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Celebrating the area’s unique marine ecosystem, this masterpiece brings an artistic sensitivity to extensive scientific research. There are exhibits on the breeding habits of right whales, dolphin sounds and southern elephant-seal harems, a touch-friendly tide pool and more. The building includes a three-story tower and library, the top features glass walls and comfy couches for reading. Bring your binoculars: whales may be spotted from here.
It’s an enjoyable 40-minute walk or 15-minute bike ride along the costanera to the Ecocentro. Shuttles run three times daily from the tourist office on Av Roca, or you can catch a Línea 2 bus to the last stop and walk 1km.
Feeling up strands of seaweed and ogling a preserved octopus show a hands-on museum approach. The 1917 Chalet Pujol features marine and land mammal exhibits, preserved specimens, plus collections of Welsh wares. Explanations in Spanish are geared to youth science classes, but it’s visually informative and creatively presented. Twist up to the cupola for views of the port.
A well-run nongovernmental organization, Fundación Patagonia Natural promotes conservation and monitors environmental issues. Volunteers here diligently nurse injured birds and marine mammals to health.