03-Jan-2012 -- This is the third out of ten confluences that we visited during our trip to Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. The story begins at 35°S 59°W. The previous confluence visit is 33°S 58°W.
From Uruguay we crossed the Rio de la Plata by a speed ferry to Buenos Aires and then we took an 18 hour bus ride to Puerto Madryn, which is a busy place during the holiday season. In Pureto Madryn we rented a car in order to visit the famous Valdes Peninsula. But before we went, we detoured 23 km to the south first to visit this confluence.
After half an hour driving on a dirt road, we got within 3.77 km to the confluence point. We parked the car and I put on long pants and running shoes as part of preparing a quick direct attack. It took me just 1 hour to be back at the car, without flat tires or discussions with landowners (as previous visitors had experienced).
The confluence is on a flat arid terrain with scattered thorny bushes. It was a hot afternoon ca. 27°C so I returned quite dehydrated to the car. We drove back to Puerto Madryn and then continued further north on the Valdes Peninsula where we observed Magellanic Penguins, sea lions and elephant seals.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to an asphalt road: 12 km
- Distance to a road: 3.8 km
- Distance to a track: 1 km
- Distance of parking: 3.77 km
- Distance to houses: 2 km
- Time starting the visit: 5:45 PM
- Time at the CP: 6:15 PM
- Measured height: 33 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
- Position accuracy at the CP: 4 m
- Topography: flat
- Vegetation: thorny bushes, yellow flowers
- Weather: cloudy, 27° C (felt temperature)
- Description of the CP: In western Argentina just 25 km from the Atlantic Ocean. In the Province Chubut on private land.
- Given Name: The Crowded Beach Confluence
Story continues at 51°S 71°W.