From LAX, connecting service (change of planes) is available by flying Varig, LanChile or Copa to Buenos Aires, then Aerolíneas Argentinas to Trelew. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $1,039.
To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 54 (country code for Argentina) and the number.
WHERE TO STAY
Hotel Tolosa, 253 Roque Saenz Peña, Puerto Madryn, Argentina; 29-6547-1850, www.hoteltolosa.com.ar. Centrally located, simple and clean. Large breakfast included. Doubles from $28.50.
Hotel Faro Punta Delgada, Peninsula Valdés, Patagonia, Argentina; 929-6540-6304, fax 29-6545-8444, www.puntadelgada.com. We didn't stay here, but the location is impressive. It offers the best of the peninsula's solitude and beauty. Doubles from $28, breakfast included.
WHERE TO EAT
Antigua Patagonia, Roque Saenz Peña y Mitre, Puerto Madryn; 29-6545-8738. Variety of dishes; many meals for less than $10.
In Gaiman, traditional Welsh tea is available at many teahouses for $12-$14.
Nievemar Tours, 493 Avenida Roca, Puerto Madryn; 29-654-55544, www.nievemartours.com.ar. Sample costs for one-day tours: Punta Tombo or Valdés Peninsula, $50.
Other tour companies are available in Puerto Madryn. Half-day tours can be taken to Doradillo Beach for whale watching or to Punta Loma, the sea lion sanctuary.
TO LEARN MORE
Consulate General of Argentina, 5055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 210, Los Angeles, CA 90036; (323) 954-9155, www.consuladoargentino-losangeles.org.
Argentina Government Tourist Information, 12 W. 56th St., New York, NY 10019; (212) 603-0443, www.sectur.gov.ar.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times