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Puerto Pirámides

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Introduction

Marine fauna at Puerto Piramides, Valdes Peninsula, Patagonia Argentina

Marine fauna at Puerto Piramides, Valdes Peninsula, Patagonia Argentina

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Puerto Pirámides is an Argentine town in Biedma Department, Province of Chubut. Its population as of the 2001 census was 429 inhabitants. It is the only town in the Peninsula Valdez.
During a survey of the area in 1972, famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau observed how little interest calving Southern Right Whale mothers had in raising their calves in the Golfo Nuevo near Puerto Pirámides, despite preferring to give birth there; when local entrepreneurs launched the first tourist expeditions to the site later that year, however, the calving whales began to stay year-round.
Today, Puerto Pirámides is one of the premier whale watching destinations in the world; the municipality has six hotels, 15 lodges and two campgrounds.

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Sights and Activities

Each year the area surrounding the Peninsula Valdez , from May to December, is occupied by the presence of hundreds of Southern right Whales (Eubalaena Australis). Puerto Piramides is the only port in Argentina where you can embark on a whale watching tour.
The protected area Punta Pirámides has 132 hectares surface and was created on February 1974. It has plenty of small cliffs, and between them small pebble beaches, the ground has arenaceous, argillaceous and fossil elements. Definetely a great stage for photography, especially during Whale Watching Season.
The sunsets enjoyed from Punta Pirámides are all unforgettable, and it is one of the few places in Argentina where you can see how the sun hides behind the sea.

Puerto Piramides, Valdes Peninsula, Patagonia Argentina

Puerto Piramides, Valdes Peninsula, Patagonia Argentina

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Activities at Puerto Piramides:

  • Whale watching
  • Marine Life watching (orcas, sea lions, dolphins, penguins and many more)
  • In land fauna watching (guanacos, sheeps, choikes, birds and many more)
  • Wild nature photography
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba diving
  • Coastal trekking

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes are still widely available in most places, even in smaller towns, though many people are connected through the internet at home or by mobile device. Many cafes and restaurants offer free WiFi with an advertisement in their windows. All you need to do is buy something and ask for the password. Apart from specific places, including soms airports and major stations, quite a few cities are offering free wifi, including Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Iguazu Falls.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Argentina is 54. To make an international call from Argentina, dial 00 followed by the country code and the rest of the telephone number. All 0800 numbers are toll-free numbers, except if you call from a mobile phone. Emergency numbers are available for Police (101), Ambulance (107) and Fire (100). Emergency dispatcher for Buenos Aires (city), Santa Fe (city), Rosario (city), Salta (province), Corrientes (province), and Buenos Aires (province) 911. In a mobile phone 112 forwards to 911.

You can get a prepaid Movistar / Claro / Personal SIM card for a few pesos / free at phone shops, all you pay is about 20 Pesos for your initial credits. Inserting the SIM card into your unlocked American or European mobile phone should work, although to register the SIM you have to enter your passport (or any 9 digit) number - you then have your personal Argentinean phone numbers. Calls cost around 1 Peso per minute. Receiving calls is usually free, except for international calls, and some cross network / inter-city calls - hence buying a SIM card purely to keep in touch with people overseas may not be worth it.

Without a cellphone, there are similar cards with credits for international calls. You get them at so called locutorios, where you can also use the phone booths. You dial a free number to connect to the service, then your secret number for the credits, and then the international phone number you want to call. Using these cards, a one-hour call to Europe will cost about 10 Pesos. Don't call without such cards or even from your hotel - it will be way more expensive.

Post

Correos de Argentina is the national postal service of Argentina. There are also two private carriers operating nationwide (OCA and Andreani) and a number of regional ones though Correos de Argentina will be the one most likely to be used by travellers. Post offices are mostly open between 8:00am and 8:00pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, though there are regional variantions with longer hours in central post offices in big cities and shorter ones in small towns. Services are pretty reliable but slow, mostly taking about two weeks to deliver a postcard or letter to the USA or Europe, but usually within a few days sending it domestically. There is also a more expensive express options. You can track a package online at the Correos de Argentino website. Parcels take at least 3-5 days domestically and weeks internationally. Otherwise try international companies like FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS to send parcels. It is probably more reliable as well as faster.

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