Sea Lions, Elephant Seals and PENGUINS!!
29.01.2010 - 01.02.2010 25 °C
The bus to Puerto Madryn was overnight, we arruved in the morning and headed straight to a hostel they recommended at the bus station. It was new and turned out to be one of those where it seems cheap but then they make you pay for all the extras such as towels, breakfast etc. It would do though, we were only staying a couple of days to go to the peninsula nearby.
We hired a VW Gol for the following day with me and Rob as allocated drivers, and off we sped! It was great to be driving, although they seem to have put the gears and the hand brake on the wrong side of the car - silly Argies! I did scare everyone when I first got in by asking if the pedals were in the same order, LOL, they all quickly put their seat belts on - it's a genuine and quite important question, why wouldn't the pedals have changed as well as everything else??! We drove the 400KM round trip stopping along the way on the beaches to see the Elephant Seal, Sea Lion and Penguin colonies. It was amazing to see so many in their natural environment and it all seemed to be conserved and protected well so that noone could get onto the beaches and disturb anything. The penguins were so close to where we stopped, it was amazing seeing them with their young preening each other, fighting, nesting and just generally going about their lives - this beats any zoo by miles!
We drove back content with a days wildlife watching and called the man to come and pick up the car. We had gone for the cheapest company (not my choice!!) and when he came to pick the car up he was alone with the car for a while before he let us know he was there, and mysteriously when we came out, the window wipers had been stolen! The car was parked in front of the hostel in front of the living room window but somehow someone came along and stole them, but did not touch any of the other cars around!! So we had to pay extra, which brought the price of the car rental up to more than the other companies!
Anyway, we didn't stick around in Puerto Madryn and the next day we brought bus tickets for that night; Josh and I to Mendoza; Rob to Buenos Aires; and Steve was staying to do some diving. It was sad to be saying goodbye to Rob for what will probably be quite a long time!