Valdes Peninsula Tours
The Argentine shoreline has numerous gulfs, bays, inlets and peninsulas host a great variety of wildlife. Areas such as Valdes Peninsula congregate such unique species as Southern Right whales (from late June to mid December), various species of dolphins, orcas, southern elephant seals, South American sea lions, Magellanic penguins (from late September to March), and various species of cormorants among others. Together with the wildlife, Welsh settlements are to be visited and the famous Welsh Tea will be ready for visitors!
You can visit Peninsula Valdes all year round. Summer season lasts from December 15 up to March 15.
Whales season is from June 15 up to December 15.
Whales season is from June 15 up to December 15.
Basic Puerto Madryn Itinerary
Day 1 Arrival
reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. If your flight arrives early, do not miss the opportunity to visit Punta Tombo, the largest colony of Magellanic penguins in the country. This tour is available from mid-September to March. During the tour, we take a walk through the interpretative trails. Afterwards, time for lunch (optional). At the end, return to Puerto Madryn.
Day 2 B
Full day in Valdés Peninsula, declared a Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its geography, flora and fauna. Departure from Puerto Madryn towards Puerto Pirámides. There from July to November, it is possible to take a boat trip where you will experience watching the Southern Right Whale (optional). Continue visiting Punta Pirámides where we can see a colony of South American sea lions .After lunch (not included), we arrive at Punta Cantor and Caleta Valdés from where it is possible to observe an elephant seal station. Back to Puerto Madryn, we stop at the Carlos Ameghino Isthmus to visit the interpretation center.
Day 3 B
At due time, transfer to the airport.
Needed transfers Accommodation: 2 nights Tour: Southern Valdés Peninsula Meals: 2 breakfasts Needed ticket to the Natural Reserve
Day 1: To take Punta Tombo excursion upon arrival, ask for required flight.
Day 2: The excursion to the Southern Peninsula Valdes could be replaced by Northern Peninsula visiting San Lorenzo penguin colony from mid-September to March.
Wildlife at the Valdes Peninsula
Day 1 Puerto Madryn.
Arrival and reception at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 2 Puerto Madryn /Puerto Pirámides. B
Departure from Puerto Madryn to Puerto Pirámides. There you can enjoy between June and December, optionally, a boat trip which main attraction is the whale watching. Continue towards the Sea Lions’ Colony where we can see South American Sea Lions and then have lunch (not included). We continue through Punta Cantor, Caleta Valdés and Puerto Pirámides. Accommodation.
Day 3 Puerto Pirámides/ Puerto Madryn. B
We head towards Estancia San Lorenzo, from where we visit the only colony of penguins of the peninsula. Due to the controlled number of visitors, it keeps its surroundings intact. Then, we visit Punta Norte. On the way back to Madryn we stop at the Interpretation Centre.
Day 4 Puerto Madryn. B L
Today we explore one of the less visited penguins colony: the Punta Ninfas Wild Life Natural Refuge. After travelling for an hour, we arrive at an authentic hull of a Patagonian estancia: El Pedral. After a brief tour of the hull, visit the colony of penguins and walk among their nests, to contemplate and learn about those curious animals. Then try the typical lamb at lunch and have some free time before returning to Madryn.
Day 5 Puerto Madryn. B
At due time, transfer to the airport.
Needed transfers Accommodation: 4 nights Puerto Madryn (3) - Puerto Piramides (1) Tours: Southern Valdés Peninsula - Northern Valdés Peninsula with San Lorenzo Penguin Colony - Safari at El Pedral Meals: 4 breakfasts - 1 lunch Needed tickets to Reserves
Season: from mid-September to March
Other hotels available. Can quote with private tours
Can quote with 3* or 4* hotels and
private or shared services.
We can also craft itineraries with overnights in small lodges near the peninsula or estancias on the coast of the peninsula at privileged locations, to get away from the crowds during high season, and to be closer to the wildlife "action". Or at Bahia Bustamante, further down from the peninsula and also away from the crowds, such as below
El Pedral and Bahia Bustamante
Day 1 Trelew / El Pedral. L D
Arrival and reception at the airport of Trelew and transfer to El Pedral, a countryside hotel, located in Punta Ninfas, part of Peninsula Valdes Biosphere Reserve. As soon as we check in, the guide explains us about the activities offered during the stay.
Day 2 El Pedral. B L D
We keep on enjoying the activities offered by the lodge among which you can select
Day 3 El Pedral/ Bahía Bustamante. B L D
Departure to Bahía Bustamante, a Patagonian estancia surrounded by 360 ° of pure nature. Close to the sea, within Patagonia Austral National Park, declared an Area of Importance for Bird Conservation, being one of the few places in the world, which concentrates such abundance, and diversity of birds and marine mammals.
Day 4 & 5 Bahía Bustamante. B L D
Days to enjoy the activities offered by Bahia Bustamante, which are planned the previous night, according to the weather forecast and the tide.
Day 6 Bahía Bustamante / Trelew or Comodoro Rivadavia. B
At due time, transfer to the selected airport. Distance from Comodoro Rivadavia: 163 km (101 miles) Distance from Trelew: 259 km (161 miles)
Other Day Tour Options
WHALE WATCHING NAVIGATION
1 Hour 30 minutes - Shared basis July 1 - Dec. 15
Every year between July and December the Eubalaena Australis, or Southern Right Whale, grace the calm waters of the Golfo Nuevo with their presence. Typically, this is the time of year in which the whales give birth to their calves. Pregnant females will arrive towards the end of the winter, with nursing calves then remaining close to their mothers for another ten months. This tour is a lovely way to experience the majesty of these ocean giants during an intimate time in their lives.
Strict regulations and skilled crew ensure that the water and the whales are caused minimal disturbance once aboard your professionally managed Catamaran. The shared tours operate on a daily basis, with private services available on request.
YELLOW SUBMARINE EXPERIENCE
1 Hour 30 mins – July to October – Shared basis
A seemingly submarine with glass windows that allow underwater sightings combined with the normal deck sightings.
The tour sets sail from Puerto Piramides. On board of the Yellow Submarine, passengers will be able to watch whales walking around on the outdoor upper deck at their pleasure as a conventional tour, or they can watch them on the lower deck as if diving among them. On this underwater level, 40 viewing windows with their own seats allow passengers to watch the submarine environment.
Species to be watched: Southern right whales, sea lions and typical birds of the Patagonian coastline (according to the season of the year).
*** This navigation can only be combined with private tours
1 hour 30 minutes - Season: January to February
The boat ride from Puerto Piramides offers a chance to observe the marvelous array of marine wildlife, including Sea Lions, Dolphins and many coastal bird species native to the area.
The navigation goes parallel to the coast where we can also observe sea lions at their natural habitat. The boat gets close to the cliff which due to its shape – somewhat like a pyramid – gives name to the area.
Dolphins are often the highlight of any navigation into these waters. Found in groups of two to ten; their endlessly playful spirit, riding waves and interacting with the vessel is captivating.
The most common species of Dolphin usually observed during these cruises are the Commerson Dolphin. Known for opportunistic feeding habits, and an affable demeanour when it comes to fellow Dolphin species or neighbouring Sea Lions; they are a joy to watch.
** Shared services run on varying daily shifts from January 1st to February 28th and lasts roughly 1 hour 30minutes.
HALF DAY PUERTO MADRYN CITY TOUR– Private
Year round – 3 hours
Meet the guide at the hotel to explore the city. We will drive along the coastal Avenue and reach the residential areas in the South of the city. We will reach Punta Cuevas, site of the first Welsh settlement in 1865. This place offers a great view of the Golfo Nuevo.
We then head north to visit the city center, and at the end the new port facilities and the new industrial developments which are shaping the city.
The Visit can be complemented with the Eco Centro, (entrance fees not included), a very peculiar place. The aim of the Ecocentro is “to create, in all its dimensions, a space for encounters and reflection, inspired by the Patagonian Sea, whose prime objective would be to promote a more harmonious attitude to the ocean”.Housed in an amazing and elegant building on the coastal cliff beyond Punta Cuevas, this institution combines scientific research, environmental education and art.
*It is possible to add a visit to Punta Loma Sea Lions reserve, just 20 km from Puerto Madryn.
Snorkeling From Puerto Madryn
Year round – 3 hours – Shared basis
This maybe one of the most fascinating activities that you can enjoy in the area; a close up with sea lions.
Meet the guide at the designated starting point for briefing and checking of the equipment. Instructions and round of questions. Once on board our boat, we navigate about 20 minutes to reach the Punta Loma Reserve. In the area – and with the assistance of professional divers – we get into the water with our snorkels. The experience will involve sighting of this funny and lovely lions while they are in the water. Time in the water will be about 45 minutes.
After this incredible experience we navigate back to the coast.
*Transfer to / from the hotel is not included.