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Peninsula Valdes, a protected wildlife sanctuary with very few residents, is located northeast of Puerto Madryn. Reminiscent of Australia's outback, much of it was flat, dry and dusty. The beach where Magellanic penguins breed was made up of marble-size smooth pebbles. Over where elephant seals and sea lions breed, the water wakes on electric blue colors mixed with bright green algaes Windmills were also a common sight on the peninsula.