Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Nautical Adventure: Dolphins & Sea Lions
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Approximately 3 Hours
Hop into a semi-rigid boat at the Piedrabuena pier and set out across the water -- a terrific way to discover the marine life of the Puerto Madryn area.
You'll head to Punta Loma, set aside in 1967 as the region's first Protected Area. It boasts the distinction of being populated by sea lions all year 'round and is a breeding ground for seabirds, including gulls, cormorants and shearwaters. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city from here and watch the antics of the sea lions who alternate between sunning themselves on the rocky shoreline and slithering into the sea in search of sustenance.
Next, you will search for the Fitz Roy dolphins that inhabit the seas around Punta Loma. Seeing them is a huge highlight and the dolphins often come up to the boat so you can fall in love with them at close range. Their behaviors frequently include impressive acrobatic jumps -- they are one of the most beautiful and unforgettable natural spectacles of Golfo Nuevo. Fitz Roy dolphins are found in coastal waters of Chile, Argentina, Peru, Namibia, South Africa and in New Zealand, where they are known as the dusky dolphin.
Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. It is essential that you wear warm, layered clothing in order to fully enjoy and participate in this excursion. Outer layer should be waterproof and windproof. Bring gloves, a warm hat and a scarf.