Located on the northeast of Chubut province 77 km from Puerto Madryn. With elephant seal and sea lion colonies, breeding grounds for the Southern right whales, penguin colonies, dolphins, guanacos, rheas, armadillos and Patagonian hares, the Peninsula Valdes is a spectacular region for wildlife. Whales can be seen from June to December, particularly interesting with their young during September and October. Orcas can be seen attacking seals in February and March. The sea lion breeding season is from late December to late January but visiting is good up to late April. Elephant seals can be seen all year round, the best time is September and October during the breeding season. Penguin viewing can be carried out between September and March and dolphins can be seen between July and March. Land animals and birds can be seen all year round.
Peninsula Valdes: 4 days/3 nights
Day 1: Punta Tombo Penguin Rookery
On arrival at Trelew Airport, travel 107km to Punta Tombo penguin rookery and nature reserve, home to over two million Magellanic penguins and their chicks. This rookery is the largest single colony on the South American subcontinent. You will see guanacos, rheas and Patagonia hares on the way. Overnight in Puerto Madryn.
Day 2: Peninsula Valdes
Today you will go on a full-day tour to the Valdes Peninsula located 77 km from Puerto Madryn. You will enjoy the natural habitat of the elephant seals, sea lions and thousands of sea birds which have made the peninsula their home. Your tour ends with a two night stay at a remote lighthouse hotel, Faro Punta Delgada, which has 27 rooms, a restaurant and a pub. Lunch and dinner are included.
Day 3: Peninsula Valdes
Choose from a selection of complimentary tours on offer by the hotel including horse-riding, guided flora and fauna walks and elephant seal observations. Additional excursions available include a boat trip to see the Southern Right whales (June-Dec) or an opportunity to see the underwater environment on a scuba dive. Lunch and dinner are included.
Day 4: Transfer to Trelew airport for your departing flight.
Peninsula Valdes Tours - Overview
Full and half day tours available from Peninsula Valdes. To read more about featured tours, please follow the link in the "Tours" boxes, below.
Discover the largest colony of Magellanic Penguins in the world at Punta Tombo, on this full day excursion.
A full day tour to Peninsula Valdes to enjoy elephant seal and sea lion colonies. Between September and November, boat trips are possible for whale sightings.
Visit the town of Gaiman, the most important Welsh colony in the country. After a short city tour visit a typical Welsh tea house for afternoon tea and cakes.
Paleonthological Museum Trelew
Visit the Museum in Trelew. Its collection of fossils narrates the history of Patagonia since the beginning until present day (over 300 million years).