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Explore Peninsula Valdes with Whale Watching

12 Hours

Enjoy watching whales dancing a few meters away from the boat.

Description

Visit the interpretation center that has a tower, where it is possible to see and appreciate the narrowest part of the Isthmus to the South, the waters of the Gulf Nuevo and look north of the waters of the Gulf San Jose. We can also see the Birds Island, which lies 5 km North on the Gulf San Jose and is an important nesting site for marine birds. This entire island is a protected area and visitors are not permitted here. 

After that, head to Puerto Piramides and then the Great Salt Lake and Small Salt Lake after the whale watching. Heading to the south-eastern end of the peninsula, we will arrive at Punta Delgada, which is an old naval station. 

Itinerary
  • Begin the tour in Puerto Madrynexpand_more

    We will leave from the city of Puerto Madryn to the North, following provincial route Nº2 until arriving at the Control Post where the entrance fee is paid (approximately 40 km from Madryn). From here, we will begin to discover the enchantments of the Peninsula, its landscape, its flora and fauna.

  • Visit Carlos Ameghino Interpretation Centreexpand_more

    At this point, we are on the Carlos Ameghino Isthmus, which is a narrow land strip of land that connects the Peninsula with the continent. Our first stop is at the “Carlos Ameghino Interpretation Centre”, which offers information on the ecosystem of the Peninsula, the Patagonia land animals, the species of marine fauna that are concentrated in great numbers surrounding the Peninsula, and the flora and history of the region. It is also possible to see the complete skeleton of a whale, some animals and little history from the first settlers of the Peninsula.

  • Head to Puerto Piramides for Whale Watchingexpand_more

    Our next stop is Puerto Piramides, the only village on the peninsula and the only place for starting the marine fauna boat trips. The beaches are surrounded by cliffs that resemble pyramids, hence its name. In the village, we will have a stop of approximately 2 hours in which we will have the unforgettable experience to sail waters of the New Gulf (if you chose this option) or enjoy the enchantments of the village.  

    *The boat trips are made in boats of varying capacities, from 5 to 70 passengers, and last approximately one and a half hours.  

    From June to December, Southern Right Whales are in the gulf, and the tour takes place during this time. These whales are curious and slow-moving animals and therefore, allows us to get very close to them and observe their characteristic skin covered by callosities. From time to time, they will swim under the boat, and we will be able to observe their actions and hear their breathing. With luck, they will offer the incredible spectacle of breaching (jumping) or at least flap of the tail. 

    From January to March, Marine Fauna Cruises are available (the whales immigrate to the Antarctic seas). We will sail first to the Sea Lion colony of Punta Pyramids, where we will be able to observe the activity that dominates the colony according to the time of the year (the formation of the harems, mating and births). 

    We will then visit the “Island of Cormorants” and the “Precipice of the Birds” (colonies of Rock Cormorants and Neotropic Cormorants). Later, we will travel to the caves filled with fossils. 

    If the climate helps and luck is on our side, we will be able to see Dusky Dolphins. This cruise also offers the option to go snorkelling; make a stop of about 20 minutes with the necessary equipment (wetsuit, mask and fins) to enjoy this unforgettable experience.  

  • Take in Great Salt Lake and Small Salt Lakeexpand_more

    We will leave Puerto Pyramids continuing with the excursion on the Provincial route Nº2. On the way, we will pass by the Great Salt Lake and Small Salt Lake, the most important depressions of South America. They are respectively, to 42 and 35 meters below sea level. Depending on the hour and the cloudiness they appear with a pink colouration, due to its chemical composition and the incidence of the solar light. Heading to the south-eastern end of the Peninsula, we will arrive at Punta Delgada, which is an old naval station.

  • Spot elephant seals in Calleta Valdesexpand_more

    Reach the Lighthouse dating from the year 1905 to see one of the greatest concentrations of elephant seals. By the west coast, we will go to a new viewpoint where we can see more elephant seals little be more close. 

    After a few kilometres, we will travel to Calleta Valdes, an exceptional geologic formation consisting of a thin strip of land which runs parallel to the coast locking up a portion of the sea. Connected through a small mouth to the surrounding sea, its calm waters and naturally isolated beaches of the Calleta and steep cliffs that make an excellent place for the elephant seal. 

    From a scenic viewpoint, we can contemplate the place and descend the cliff by stairs to observe the elephant seals on the beach. 

    *The time and order of places could be change, depending on the season, weather or group interest. 

    Duration: 12 hrs pick up: 8:00 am 

    Seasons: September - 15th December

What's Included

Guided tour of Peninsula Valdes.

Roundtrip transportation to and from your centrally located Puerto Madryn hotel.

Live tour commentary provided in English & Spanish.

One-hour navigation to see whales.

What's Excluded

Lunch

Tips

Gratuities

National Park entrance fee

What to bring

Take comfortable shoes and warm clothes.

Sunglasses.

Know before you go

When booking, please provide full name, date of birth, nationality, and passport number of each participant. This information is required in advance to confirm your booking. 

This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

Round-trip transportation is available from most centrally located Puerto Madryn hotels. 

Please be ready and waiting in your hotel lobby 15 minutes before your scheduled pick-up time.

Meeting Point

Pick up options can be selected at check out

Language

Spanish

Activity Level

Easy

Cancellation Policy
  • Fully refundable in case of any cancellation upto 2 days before the tour.
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