Puerto Madryn

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Puerto Madryn
City
Vista de Puerto Madryn, Argentina.jpg
Flag of Puerto Madryn
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Coat of arms of Puerto Madryn
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Puerto Madryn is located in Argentina
Puerto Madryn
Puerto Madryn
Location of Puerto Madryn in Argentina
Coordinates: 42°46′S 65°3′W / 42.767°S 65.050°W / -42.767; -65.050Coordinates: 42°46′S 65°3′W / 42.767°S 65.050°W / -42.767; -65.050
Country Argentina
Province Chubut
Department Viedma
Founded July 28, 1865
Founded by Love Jones Parry
Government
 • Mayor Ricardo Sastre (Justicialist Party)
Area
 • Total 330 km2 (130 sq mi)
Elevation 17 m (56 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 73,612
 • Density 220/km2 (580/sq mi)
Demonym madrynense
Time zone ART (UTC-3)
CPA base U9120
Dialing code +54 2804
Website Official website

Puerto Madryn (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpweɾto ˈmaðɾin]) is a city in the province of Chubut in Argentine Patagonia. It is the capital of the Viedma Department, and has about 57,571 inhabitants according to the last census in 2001.

Puerto Madryn is protected by the Golfo Nuevo, which is formed by the Península Valdés and the Punta Ninfas. It is an important centre for tourists visiting the natural attractions of the Península Valdés and the coast.

A new shopping mall in the city centre has helped tourism significantly, making Puerto Madryn a more attractive place for both international and domestic tourists visiting Patagonia. It is twinned with Nefyn, a small town on the Llŷn Peninsula in North Wales, the result of its enduring link with Welsh culture since the Welsh settlement in Argentina. The first of a two-Test tour to Argentina by the Wales national rugby union team was played in 2006 in Puerto Madryn, a 27–25 win for Argentina. Puerto Madryn is home to two football clubs; Club Social y Atlético Guillermo Brown, who play in Nacional B and Deportivo Madryn that currently play in Torneo Argentino B.

A basketball team, Deportivo Puerto Madryn, plays in the Liga Nacional de Básquetbol (LNB). Their home arena is known as the Deportivo Puerto Madryn Arena.

El Tehuelche Airport is located 10 km northwest of the city centre. Commercial flights from Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, and other Argentinian cities are available. Most tourists fly into Trelew Airport as flights into Puerto Madryn are restricted as a result of environmental concerns.

Geography and climate[edit]

Puerto Madryn is situated in Chubut on the Golfo Nuevo, which is formed by the Valdés Peninsula and Punta Ninfas. The climate is that of a temperate semi-desert zone, with an annual precipitation of between 150 and 200 mm.

Climate data for Puerto Madryn
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 39.7
(103.5)
39.0
(102.2)
37.5
(99.5)
34.9
(94.8)
27.7
(81.9)
24.5
(76.1)
24.5
(76.1)
29.0
(84.2)
30.2
(86.4)
34.9
(94.8)
36.2
(97.2)
39.0
(102.2)
39.7
(103.5)
Average high °C (°F) 27.4
(81.3)
26.9
(80.4)
24.4
(75.9)
20.8
(69.4)
16.1
(61)
12.9
(55.2)
12.8
(55)
14.5
(58.1)
17.0
(62.6)
19.9
(67.8)
23.7
(74.7)
26.2
(79.2)
20.2
(68.4)
Daily mean °C (°F) 19.9
(67.8)
19.4
(66.9)
17.3
(63.1)
14.2
(57.6)
10.4
(50.7)
7.8
(46)
7.3
(45.1)
8.5
(47.3)
10.5
(50.9)
13.1
(55.6)
16.0
(60.8)
18.3
(64.9)
13.6
(56.5)
Average low °C (°F) 13.7
(56.7)
13.2
(55.8)
11.1
(52)
8.1
(46.6)
5.1
(41.2)
3.0
(37.4)
2.1
(35.8)
2.7
(36.9)
4.5
(40.1)
6.9
(44.4)
9.7
(49.5)
12.0
(53.6)
7.7
(45.9)
Record low °C (°F) 3.8
(38.8)
1.7
(35.1)
−2.0
(28.4)
−4.8
(23.4)
−5.7
(21.7)
−9.6
(14.7)
−11.6
(11.1)
−10.0
(14)
−6.0
(21.2)
−5.9
(21.4)
−2.0
(28.4)
2.2
(36)
−11.6
(11.1)
Precipitation mm (inches) 10.0
(0.394)
14.1
(0.555)
16.6
(0.654)
12.6
(0.496)
23.8
(0.937)
14.1
(0.555)
16.6
(0.654)
10.6
(0.417)
14.1
(0.555)
17.8
(0.701)
10.1
(0.398)
12.4
(0.488)
172.8
(6.803)
 % humidity 49 53 54 56 63 66 63 59 58 59 51 48 57
Source: Secretaria de Mineria[1]

History[edit]

The town was founded on July 28, 1865, when 150 Welsh immigrants arriving aboard the clipper Mimosa named the natural port Porth Madryn in honour of Sir Love Jones-Parry, whose estate in Wales was named "Madryn". The settlement grew as a result of the building of the Central Chubut Railway by Welsh, Spanish, and Italian immigrants. This line, opened in 1888, linked the town to Trelew via the lower Chubut River valley.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Provincia de Chubut - Clima Y Meteorologia: Datos Meteorologicos Y Pluviometicos" (in Spanish). Secretaria de Mineria de la Nacion (Argentina). Retrieved April 2013. 

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