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Puerto Madryn
Puerto Madryn
The city of Puerto Madryn was founded in 1865, when the first white inhabitants, the Welsh, arrived at the area. The first effective settlement took place with the construction of the railway, inaugurated in June 1889 in order to transport the agricultural production of settlers from the valley to the port. Another moment that boosted its growth was the installation of ALUAR Aluminium plant in 1971, when there was a population of just 6,500 inhabitants. Since then, the growth was outstanding in other Argentine cities. According to the last census, carried out in 2001, 57,571 people live in Puerto Madryn, who are, in average, 25 years old, although a significant increase is estimated, even in recent years. At the same time, educational institutions have grown, ranging from preschool level to post-secondary and university academic levels – National University of the Patagonia San Juan Bosco (Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia San Juan Bosco), National Technological University (Universidad Tecnológica Nacional) – offering, among others, specific courses of study related to the context, such as the Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Biology and Dry Areas and the Degree in Fishing Engineering. Besides, through the Patagonian National Centre (Centro Nacional Patagónico, CENPAT) – CONICET, scientific research is carried out, as well as doctoral and postdoctoral research, in which students, research fellows and guest researchers from all over the world take part. Puerto Madryn has an undisputed tourism value and strategic location, as it is the largest service centre in the Patagonian coast and the gateway to Peninsula Valdés, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. The main revenues are favoured by fishing, aluminium production and tourism, an activity that was born in the 60s when the Submarine Tourism Promotion Commission (Comisión Promotora del Turismo Submarino ) of Nueva Bay was created for the purpose of designing and building artificial reefs within San José and Nuevo gulfs , places that tourists now visit in order to have the traditional submarine baptism at this distinguished National Diving Capital. Whales and Summer Season: Along 5km of beach on which the city lies, there are 7 resorts which mostly operate as restaurants and bars throughout the year, and during the summer, water sports are practiced. In winter, when the tourists return from the excursions, they usually go around the city by bike, walk along the seaside promenade or around the mall, which are ideal activities to experience the peace and security that the city offers. During whale season (June to December) you can often see whales from the shore and at night you can hear their typical sounds.