Peninsula Valdes

From Puerto Madryn
  • Argentina
  • Patagonia
  • Custom
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Renowned for being one of the best locations on Earth to get up close and personal with marine life, the Valdes Peninsula is a wildlife sanctuary for birds and marine species including rheas, oystercatchers, flamingos, egrets, whales (June-December), sea elephants, sea lions, penguins, cormorants, petrels and many other species of wildlife.  On this wonderful wildlife adventure you will also visit the Punta Tombo reserve, home to the world's largest colony of Magellanic penguins.

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Enjoy the wildlife sanctuary of birds and marine species

Witness the world’s largest colony of magellanic penguins

Go on an amazing whale watching tour

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Puerto Madryn

Arrival into Puerto Madryn and transfer to hotel. Península Valdes is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of South America’s finest wildlife reserves. It covers an area of 3,600 sq. kms and over 400 kms of coastline. This vast nature reserve extends out into Argentina’s South Atlantic, flanked by two large gulfs to the north and south. The area is home to sea lions, elephant seals, guanacos, rheas, Magellanic penguins and an abundance of seabirds as well as killer whales and the endangered southern right whales (ballena franca austral). The warmer waters along the Golfo Nuevo, Golfo San Jose and the coastline from Punta Norte to Punta Hercules are major breeding zones for the right whales from June to mid-December.
Overnight in Puerto Madryn

Day 2
Puerto Madryn

The tour sets out early for the penguin colony at the Punta Tombo Provincial Reserve. After a two-and-a-half hour journey along Patagonian roads, you will get to the penguin colony. You will be able to walk around the paths among the penguins for about an hour and a half to watch their behaviour. The first penguins arrive in September and stay here up to mid March but the best season to see them is after November, once the babies are born. The Magellanic penguins migrate from Southern Brazil to Patagonia, congregating by the thousands to nest in Punta Tombo, where they incubate their eggs and prepare their offspring for migration. This is the largest such colony in South America. Couples stand in front of their nests, protecting the eggs from birds and other predators, and occasionally one adult goes to the sea for food. The reserve has a park keeper and also offers sanitary and cafeteria facilities to the visitor. We return to Puerto Madryn via Trelew where - time allowing - we stop to see its main attraction, the Egidio Feruglio Paleontological Museum visit
Overnight Puerto Madryn

Day 3
Puerto Madryn

An early departure for Peninsula Valdes Provincial Reserve. After a one-hour drive, we arrive in Puerto Pirámides where you can go on a whale watching boat trip (optional extra from June to December). From December to March you can also see sea-lions, cormorants and probably dark dolphins. This tour is subject to weather conditions. Once the boat trip is over, you explore the south of the peninsula going through Salinas Grande and Chica. On getting to Punta Delgada, around midday, we can have lunch at the El Faro resort (optional extra). There we have the opportunity to go down the cliffs and walk close to the sea-elephants. After that we continue to Punta Cantor along the eastern coastline of the peninsula and we get to Caleta Valdés (Valdés Inlet) where there are some interesting geological formations. There is always a good chance of coming across wild fauna such as guanacos, rheas, foxes, maras (Patagonian hare), armadillos, skunks, etc. Finally, you return to the city of Puerto Madryn at sunset.
Essential Info: All year round, from 7am. Duration: 11 hours; 400 Km approx. Does not include whale watching ticket (can be added at the time of booking)
Overnight Puerto Madryn

Day 4
Puerto Madryn Depart

Transfer to the airport for your outward flight from Puerto Madryn.
**Want to explore some more on your own. Ask us about our Self-Drive tours.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 2 nights accommodation in standard hotels
  • Included Copy 31 Hotel upgrades available
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast daily
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Return airport transfers (shared service)
  • Included Copy 31 Add on whale watching (Jun-Dec Only)
  • Included Copy 20 Sightseeing on a shared basis as outlined in the tour itinerary with English speaking guides
  • Included Copy 20 Includes Entrance Fees
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4 days

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$685 USD

Per person, twin share

Daily departures