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Punta Cuevas - Historical Building Puerto Madryn - Argentina

Punta Cuevas, a small bluff jutting into Golfo Nuevo, is perhaps Patagonia’s most significant piece of land. Here, southern Argentina’s history was forever changed on a winter’s day in 1865. A group of 160 or so Welsh landed to found the first successful settlement in these parts. In the soft stone of the low cliff, they dug caves where they lived. Those recesses are now a historic landmark. Atop the rise is Museo del Desembarco, a museum dedicated to telling the story of these refugees who came to find economic and cultural freedom.


Boulevard Brown 3600

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Historical Building Types:
Site of historic significance

Getting There

Punta Cuevas is 3 kilometers (1.9 mi) from downtown. City bus Línea 2 goes as far as the turn-off for the university ($0.40); from there it is about 300 meters (100 ft) uphill to the site and museum. A taxi costs $8 one way.

Travel Tips:

Only the Museo del Desembarco has an entry fee; the historical site is free.

Price Description:

Site: free; museum: $1.50

Relative price: Free

Open Hours from:(museum) March-November: Wednesday-Monday 3 p.m.; December-February: daily 5 p.m.

Open Hours to:(museum) March-November: Wednesday-Monday 7 p.m.; December-February: daily 9 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 other museums. Visit the animals at Península Valdés, Punta Loma, El Doradillo and Las Ninfas nature reserves. Explore the undersea world scuba diving, or go kayaking or windsurfing.

Currencies accepted
Mexican peso

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