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This beautiful Patagonian region (which skirts the Atlantic Ocean and sits just east of the Lake District and above Southern Patagonia) consists of wildlife havens and quaint Welsh villages. Here, you'll spot tea connoisseurs flocking to towns like Trelew and Gaiman in search of the perfect brew and throngs of visitors congregating to Peninsula Valdés during whale-watching season. The easiest way to reach Peninsula Valdés is via bus or car from Puerto Madryn or Trelew, Atlantic Patagonia's main cities. Mar y Valle, a reputable bus service, offers transportation to Peninsula Valdés from Puerto Madryn for about $16.50 ARS (roughly $3.75) each direction.

Punta Tombo wildlife sanctuary, located about 154 miles south of Puerto Madryn, is also worth a trip. Here you'll find dozens of charming Magellanic penguins mingling along the shores. To reach Punta Tombo, drive southbound on RP 1, which leads to the sanctuary.

Trelew is less congested than other Atlantic Patagonian villages. Here, you'll find an infusion of Welsh culture with traditional tea houses and Eisteddfod, a Welsh literary and music festival established in Patagonia in 1875. Visitors also come for the broad selection of nearby sites, including the Egidio Feruglio Museum of Paleontology. The best way to reach Puerto Madryn and Trelew is via plane. For further details on how to get around Atlantic Patagonia, consult our guide to Getting Around Argentine Patagonia.  

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#1 Argentine Lake District Stretching across northwestern tip of Argentine Patagonia sits the picturesque Lake District. Sandwiched between the Andes mountains with Chilean Patagonia to the west and Atlantic Patagonia to the east, the ... Read more » Fede Nuñez, Pixelado*Photo_Pro / Flickr

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#3 Atlantic Patagonia This beautiful Patagonian region (which skirts the Atlantic Ocean and sits just east of the Lake District and above Southern Patagonia) consists of wildlife havens and quaint Welsh villages. Here ... Read more » longhorndave / Flickr

#4 Perito Moreno Glacier At the southern tip of Glacier National Park in Southern Patagonia sits one of the region's most magnificent glaciers, Perito Moreno. Unlike 95 percent of Earth's glaciers that ... Read more » pclw / Flickr

#5 Punta Tombo Roughly half a million Magellanic penguins flock to Punta Tombo every year to mate. Located about two hours south of Puerto Madryn by car in Atlantic Patagonia, Punta Tombo contains ... Read more » furlin / Flickr

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#7 Cave of the Hands (Cueva de las Manos) This bizarre Patagonian cave remains shrouded in mystery. Its walls exhibit three distinctive styles of cave art linked to a hunter-gatherer society that flourished in Argentine Patagonia around 10,000 ... Read more » longhorndave / Flickr

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#9 Estancia Cristina Founded in the early 1900s by English pioneer and cattle farmer Joseph Percival Masters, Estancia Cristina offers both impressive views and excursions. Sitting next to Glacier National Park in Southern ... Read more » Courtesy of Estancia Cristina

#10 Egidio Feruglio Paleontology Museum This paleontological museum transports visitors to pre-historic Patagonia with four galleries that display over 1,700 fossils. Named after Egidio Feruglio—an Italian paleontologist who studied Patagonia's ancient Cretaceous ... Read more » Agamitsudo / Flickr

#11 Cerro Catedral Ski Resort If you come to Patagonia to ski, this buzzing Andes resort in Argentina's Lake District boasts experienced instructors, spectacular vantage points and an array of outdoor trails. But downhill ... Read more » Dave Lonsdale / Flickr

#12 Horseback Riding Some say there's no better way to navigate Patagonia than on horseback. Ever since guachos (cowboys) first steered their sturdy steeds through Southern Patagonia's rugged terrain, horseback riding ... Read more » Alex E. Proimos / Flickr

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From viewing platforms on Perito Moreno's southern border, travelers marvel at the glacier's spectacular ice formations. pclw / Flickr

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At El Calafate's cattle ranches in Southern Patagonia, you'll find majestic horses saddled up and ready to transport riders across the district's rustic terrain. Alex E. Proimos / Flickr

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