The Oceanographico Museum in Puerto Madryn was available with a lovely stroll across town. It’s in an old building called the Chalet Pujol which is perched on the highest hill in town. Its location provides an expansive view of the area. In earlier times its strategic positioning allowed the building’s towers to be used as look-outs.
Inside its beautifully restored antique architecture are whale skeletons, a preserved squid, collected nik naks related to sea life, stuffed penguins, sea urchins and historical drawings of various ocean mammal species.
This was all interesting enough, but then there was information on the Native peoples of the region. I found this highly fascinating as they appear almost identical to the Natives of North America. Even their hunting tools and weaving looms were like carbon copies!
After the Oceanographico Museum, I headed down toward the beach to relax alongside the ocean, only to be surprised to see Puerto Madryn’s War Memorial for what we call the Falkland Islands Conflict. In Argentina the horribly devastating war happened on what they call the Isla Malvinas. The Argentinians suffered great losses during that 1982 conflict. It was truly saddening to see their side of the situation.
I’d heard about the caves that the original white explorers from Liverpool had lived in when they landed after sailing from way northern to way southern Atlantic Ocean, so off I headed further south down to the beach to see that area of history. The land sticking out into the ocean is called Punta Cuevas, meaning Cave Point, I believe. It is here the sailors landed and took refuge in the cliff’s limestone caves.
Up above the caves on the top of the cliffs are more informational signboards and a beautiful metal statue in tribute to the Natives of the region.
I walked a little further south to view the beaches and then turned around and headed back.
On the return walk to Puerto Madryn, it was amazing to see how low the tide was and how it left a lot of green algae on the beach.
Getting back into town, I spied a building that had been painted on all sides with what we call graffiti but to them is art. I absolutely love the stunning talent they display on the sides of so many walls!
Back in Puerto Madryn again, I saw a band setting up for an evening performance just before I found the perfect place for my afternoon coffee and sweet indulgence!
It was an amazing day, but there was more to come tomorrow…live penguin colonies with babies being raised and the world’s oldest and largest dinosaurs on display!