Welsh Tea In Gaiman, Argentina

When we first planned on backpacking through Patagonia, we did what many others do and got our copy of Bruce Chatwin’s classic “In Patagonia”. We heard that it can be a bible for people retracing his steps. One place that stood out to us, especially Steven, was the town of Gaimen. The description of a Welsh settled town with tea rooms serving real tea and cake made Gaiman a must stop for us. Luckily for us it also turned out to be only 80km from Puerto Madyrn and only 17km from Trelew. Continued

The Bryn Gwyn Paleontology Park

By the time we arrived in Patagonia we had been traveling in South America for almost one month. Patagonia was what we really came here for and after a few days in Puerto Madryn it was time to visit the towns of Trelew & Gaiman. The latter will forever be immortalised through the classic book by Bruce Chatwin, “In Patagonia”, who entertained generations with his stories of a Welsh settled village which still embraced the customs, food and singing cultures of their ancestors from the valleys. But just outside of Gaiman is something pretty important: Bryn Gwyn Paleontology Park. Continued

Looking for Orcas at the Peninsula Valdes

This is an old dream of mine (Jenny) so I dragged Steven onto a 20h bus ride from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn. We all have seen the documentaries in which orcas strand onto the sand beach to catch a seal pup. At least, I remember this very well, and since I was a child this is the kind of animal encounter and behaviour I absolutely want to witness.

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Punta Tombo & 1,000,000 Penguins

1,000,000 Penguins? What? For real? Where???!!! Punta Tombo? Where’s that?

This is the usual response when you tell somebody about Punta Tombo. When we left for Puerto Madryn, Jenny ended up reading an article online about 1 million penguins… Imagine her excitement when she read we will be only 130 km from Punta Tombo where we could see so many Magellanic Penguins.

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South American Carnival Season

Noisy, colourful and raw, the Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival is probably the most known for its samba schools and its thousands of visitors. But what many do not realise is that all of South America is adorned with their finest colours under the sound of drums throughout the carnival month of February. Being considered a great social liberation in South America, carnival is specific to each country, region and city. Hundreds of festivals across the continent show culture and personality through vibrant and powerful music as well as costumes that are more or less showing off, making this festivity an excellent time to discover new cultures.

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