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! Between late September and early April, orcas can be seen literally launching themselves 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 worlds 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 around 300km south of Puerto Madryn, this secluded hideaway is perfect for escaping the modern world.
Upon arrival, transfer to Puerto Madryn. Walk around Puerto Madryn’s coastal walk and enjoy a beautiful sunset in Argentinean Patagonia.
Full day in Valdés Peninsula, declared Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its geography, flora and fauna. Travel to Puerto Pirámides where, from July to November, it is possible to share the unforgettable experience of watching the imposing Southern Right Whale that reaches these shores to mate and give birth. We visit Punta Delgada light-house and later on, arrive at Punta Cantor. A viewpoint from where we see the outer coast of the peninsula and the amazing topography of the Valdés Cove. During the excursion. we have the opportunity to catch a sight of some of the terrestrial fauna: guanacos, piches, maras, rheas, foxes and several types of birds.
Take a tour to Caleta Valdes marine reserve and see all the marine wildlife -sea elephants, penguins, killer whales- and enjoy beautiful landscapes, you will have lots of opportunities to take amazing photographs.
Visit Punta Tombo Fauna Reserve, the largest Magellan penguin colony on the continent (from Mid-April to Mid-September a tour to Valle de Chubut will replace the visit to the Penguin Rookery, and other welsh villages).
You will be transferred to the airport for your ongoing flight.