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Valdes Peninsula

Valdes Peninsula: Our most recommended tours and activities

Whale Watching from Peninsula Valdes Full-Day Nature Tour

1. Whale Watching from Peninsula Valdes Full-Day Nature Tour

See whales and seals on this day trip from Puerto Madryn. See the small village of Puerto Pirámides, marvel at beautiful nature, and enjoy a view of Caleta Valdés. Begin your tour early in the morning and head towards the Valdés Peninsula Protected Natural Area, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1999. After an hour of travel, arrive at the picturesque ecological village of Puerto Pirámides. From June to November, embark on a whale-watching tour. Between December and March, enjoy a South American Sea Lions and Cormorants tour. Next, enjoy lunch (not included) in Puerto Pirámides or Caleta Valdés. Take some time to tour the southern part of the peninsula, crossing wide landscapes of grasslands and undulations, passing through the Salinas Grande and Chica, and going around Punta Delgada. Stop in Punta Cantor to admire the Atlantic coast and the fascinating geological formation Caleta Valdés. Depending on the time of year, marvel at the southern elephant seals, the largest seals on the planet, relaxing on the beaches. Depending on the time of year, you may visit Las Salinas, and Caleta Valdes, followed by Punta Norte. From there, begin heading back to Puerto Madryn, stopping at the Carlos Ameghino Interpretation Center, a compendium of the natural wealth of the peninsula.

Valdes Peninsula Full-Day Tour

2. Valdes Peninsula Full-Day Tour

Discover the natural beauty of the Valdes Peninsula on this full-day tour from Puerto Madryn. The area is known for its unique animal species, as it provides the perfect environment for them to live and breed. On this excursion you'll be accompanied by bi-lingual guides and naturalists. The first stop is at the interpretive center at the Carlos Ameghino Isthmus, where you'll learn about the flora, fauna and geology of the peninsula. From the panoramic lookout, you’ll have views of Golfo Nuevo, San Jose and the Island of Birds. Next on the itinerary is a stop in the town of Puerto Piramides, where depending on the season, you can take an optional whale watching tour (additional fee applies). Depending on the season, weather and tides, you’ll visit some or all of the following sites: Caleta Valdes, Punta Norte and Punta Cantor, where you can see elephant seals, penguins and sea lions. As you head back, be on the lookout for some of the wild Argentinean land animals including guanacos, rheas, foxes, maras, armadillos and skunks. At sunset, you'll arrive back at Puerto Madryn, where the tour ends.

From Puerto Madryn: Penguin Tour & Península Valdés Day Trip

3. From Puerto Madryn: Penguin Tour & Península Valdés Day Trip

In the early morning, you will be driven from your hotel towards Peninsula Valdes Provincial Reserve. After an hour's drive, you will arrive at the Interpretation Center located on the Carlos Ameghino Isthmus. The next stop is Estancia San Lorenzo, a Patagonian ranch where you can enjoy a typical Patagonian lamb on the spit (lunch not included). After lunchtime, be prepared to visit an amazing penguin colony: the largest Magellanic penguin colony in the world. Finally, you will meet these curious birds! Then visit the provincial reserve of Punta Norte where, according to the season, you can see different animals from the coast. At the end of the excursion, you will be transferred back to your accommodation in Puerto Madryn.

Puerto Madryn: Snorkeling with Sea Lions

4. Puerto Madryn: Snorkeling with Sea Lions

Meet your instructor and depart to Punta Loma Natural Reserve, the oldest natural reserve in the Valdes Peninsula. This is the only spot in the area that hosts a colony of 700 sea lions all year round. Dive into the teal-colored water just below the white cliffs that are home to hundreds of black cormorants. You’ll sail for 30 minutes in the waters of Golfo Nuevo to reach the dive departure point. After the technical and safety talk, get into the water with a group of up to 12 people to start an easy dive. Sea lions are really curious creatures, and almost never reluctant to play with new visitors. You’ll be able to explore the area for about 45 minutes and get closer to these furry friends, and then get ready to discover other kinds of fauna and marine vegetation. If do not need previous experience on Snorkell. Your tour guide will assist you along the way. At the end of the day, enjoy facturas (classic Argentine pastries) before sailing back to Puerto Madryn.

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4.4 / 5

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We had an amazing day packed with wildlife. Guide Marcela and driver Diego were professional and knowledgeable. The day was very well organised. Comfortable transport.