Spanning more than 400km, the Valdes Peninsula is Argentina’s premier wildlife destination. A strip of coastline incredibly rich in marine life, including some of the world’s best whale-watching. And with endless coves, bays, lagoons, and bluffs to explore. From sea lions to elephant seals, penguins to dolphins, and a staggering number of sea birds, this really is a must for wildlife enthusiasts.
But the Valdes Peninsula’s primary claim to fame is the extraordinary whale watching season. From June to November, the Southern Right Whale heads here to breed and can be observed in large numbers. But perhaps even more impressive is the display of orcas feeding! Then, between late September and early April, orcas launch onto beaches to catch an unlucky seal. This magnificent wildlife event can be observed at high tide along the coastline at Punta Norte.
Further south, at Punta Tombo, is the world’s largest rookery of Magellanic penguins. With numbers in the millions at the height of the breeding season, this is a stunning spectacle. And if you visit in November, you’ll see the newly hatched chicks at their fluffy cutest.
And for similar wildlife opportunities but a real off-the-beaten-track vibe, check out Bahia Bustamente Lodge. Located 300km south of Puerto Madryn, this secluded hideaway is perfect for escaping the modern world.