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Atlantic Patagonia

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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 a variety of trails that visitors can follow into penguin habitats and observe their interactions. Recent visitors agree that this remote reserve is worth the trek and not just for flourishing fluffy-feathered penguins. Other native bird species, including cormorants and oystercatchers, nest across the region. If you visit between September and March, you may even catch sight of lounging seals and guanacos.

However, recent travelers warn that the distance from Puerto Madryn is farther than you might expect. "Very interesting for nature lovers but [it's] quite a trip to get there from Puerto Madryn […] you have to drive for hours," explains one TripAdvisor user.

Organized daytrips to Punta Tombo are available from Trelew and Puerto Madryn. You can reach Punto Tombo from Trelew via unpaved Route 1. Daily visiting hours are between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. with the last entrance at 6 p.m. Tour prices vary depending on the company and the type of excursion. For further information, consult Punta Tombo's official website.

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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 Lake District contains breathtaking vistas from nearly every angle. San Carlos de Bariloche, known simply as Bariloche, serves as the region's major hub. Towering over the immense Nahuel Huapi Lake and the surrounding national park, Bariloche provides a tranquil setting for lounging outdoors, savoring local cuisine, and admiring the picturesque scenery. But Bariloche boasts more than natural beauty. Venture into Bustillo, the heart of the city, and you'll discover European architecture infused with local hardwood accents, which create a lofty urban setting. During July and August, you'll find idyllic skiing conditions, and, in January, you'll relish prime hiking and river rafting weather. We suggest visiting during November or March, when you can soak up the fresh air, marvel at postcard-perfect views of the Andes, and relax at a tucked away mountain retreat without heavy crowds.

From Bariloche, it's easy to travel to Cerro Catedral's luxurious ski retreat. It's also worth checking out Villa La Angostura (a lakeside village 50 miles north of Bariloche) and San Martín de los Andes (a scenic town 112 miles north of Bariloche). Both feature local craft markets and panoramic views.

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