There are some beaches in the area, largely inhabited by porteños (or people from Buenos Aires) but the opportunity to view a plethora of marine mammals in their natural environment arguably draws far more visitors from overseas. Southern right whales are the star attractions and they tend to visit the Peninsula between May and December in order to mate and give birth. Sea lions, elephant seals and a host of birdlife can also be observed in the nature reserve which received UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1999.
For those wanting a piece of the action it's possible to participate in a host of challenging outdoor activities in the area - diving, hiking, cycling, kayaking and windsurfing lessons/rentals are all available. For those wanting to sit back and watch the wilderness go by at an altogether more leisurely pace, there are tours available which take you to the wildlife-watching hotspots. Puerto Madryn is well equipped for tourists, offering a range of accommodation options and numerous restaurants with fresh seafood on many menus (if you like your seafood, take advantage of it here as seafood in the capital can be very expensive).
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