Valdes Peninsula Natural Reserve

  • Port

    Puerto Madryn, Argentina

  • Activity Level

    Moderate

  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD USD USD

    Price over $151
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 7½ Hours

  • Meals Included

    Yes

A day trip to Valdes Peninsula is an unforgettable experience. You'll stop en route at the Interpretive Center located at the entrance to the park. This is the ideal place to learn about the endemic flora and fauna of this natural reserve.

Then, head to the wildlife reservation of Punta Norte to see colonies of sea elephants and sea lions in their natural habitat. Unusual geographic features conspire to provide the ideal topography for the proliferation of several unique botanical and zoological species. Year after year, hundreds of whales cruise in the southern seas to seek shelter in the still waters of the Nuevo and San José Gulf during their breeding season (August to December). Thousands of elephant seals roam along miles of beach on the east side of the peninsula. Rocks, sand and gravel create the ideal habitat for these animals.

You'll stop, time permitting, at Puerto Pyramides -- a small fishing village facing the sea, complete with a handful of small hotels and restaurants, and a nice beach. Before crossing the Ameghino Isthmus, you'll pass by Bird Island -- a sanctuary that offers shelter to an immense number of bird species.

Notes:

A boxed lunch is provided. Wildlife viewing is likely but not guaranteed. Depending on expected wildlife to view, tour may change the Wildlife Reserve of Punta Norte for the Wildlife Reserve of Caleta Valdes. Due to Puerto Madryn's remote location, the standard of transportation used may be more basic than that in some other ports. Tour is available only on select sailings due to time in port. 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.