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Área Natural Protegida Municipal El Doradillo - Other Activity Puerto Madryn - Argentina

Just offshore of solitary Playa El Doradillo, mother whales and their calves laze in the tranquil waters. From time to time, one will raise her fluke skyward, falling drops glistening in the sun. From June to December female Southern right whales come to this protected cove to breastfeed. Its warmer waters are better for the young than the cold currents of the open sea, and she can rest from her baby’s voracious feeding.

Área Natural Protegida Municipal El Doradillo is a 7,500-hectare (18,533-ac) nature reserve that protects 25 kilometers (15.5 mi) of beaches, from Punta Arco to Cerro Prismático. The area is also good for observing birds and other fauna.


Ruta Provincial 42, 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) north of Puerto Madryn

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Other Activity Types:
Wildlife refuge, Natural park, View point

Getting There

Área Natural Protegida Municipal El Doradillo begins 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) north of Puerto Madryn on Ruta Provincial 42. City bus Línea 3 goes as far as the Parque Pesquero ($0.40); from there, walk 200 meters (650 ft) to Ruta 42 and walk another 5 kilometers (3 mi). Otherwise, go by bike, car or hitch. A taxi costs $30 (round trip, with 45 minute wait).

Travel Tips:

Do not enter the water or throw anything into it. Do not yell, talk loudly or make any other noise. There are rangers (guardaparques) at Playa El Doradillo, Punta Flecha and Playa Las Canteras. The reserve is open all-year, but is best visited May-December. Whales get closer to shore at high tide.

Price Description:


Relative price: Free

Open Hours from:8 a.m.

Open Hours to:8 p.m.

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring:

Bring along water and a picnic lunch; sun protection (hat, sun block) and a jacket or sweater, in case it gets cool.

Stroll through Puerto Madryn’s museums. Visit the animals at Península Valdés, Punta Loma and Las Ninfas nature reserves. Explore the undersea world scuba diving, or go kayaking or windsurfing.

Currencies accepted
Argentine Peso

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