The incredible spectacle of sea animals in Península Valdés
Strong winds. Desolated roads. Hot and
cold weather. Stunning blue skies. Patagonian desolation. Pure Nature
can be experienced in the Peninsula Valdés reserve. This geographical
takes a 400 km ride. Heading towards the north, take provincial road 1
and 17 km ahead take road 2. During the whales season (from June to December),
it is worthwhile riding the first part of your journey along provincial
rubble road 4, it will give you the chance of your first coastal whale
watching from El Doradillo beach, considered a natural area of reproduction.
After traveling for 77 km you will arrive at Istmo Carlos Ameghino, the
gate to the peninsula Valdés reserve. The Interpretation Centre,
which depends on the Tourism Secretariat is located here, an ideal place
to receive information about flora, fauna, geography and history of the
area. Puerto Pirámides, a tourist village, lies 25 km ahead. From
Puerto Pirámides you will be able to board a ship and start your
whalewatching adventure. The sea lions sanctuary is located 5 km from
Puerto Pirámides and hairy sea lions breed and live here (December
through March). From Puerto Pirámides you can also reach Caleta
Valdés, a continental elephant seals sanctuary and Punta Norte
(sea lions) driving along a rubble road of 75 km. Visitors should bear
in mind that they are travelling around one of the only places in the
world whose resources have been kept untouched for 160 years and which
astonished Charles Darwin.
ISLA DE LOS
PÁJAROS (BIRDS ISLAND): Península Valdés
A part of San José gulf, viewfinders and telescopes to watch better.
5 km from Istmo Ameghino, you will find Isla de los Pajaros with an important
sea birds reserve. Get information in its Interpretation Centre, where
you will be able to admire the island in detail through a viewfinder.
Do not miss the replica of the "Fuerte la Candelaria" chapel,
the first Spanish settlement in Peninsula Valdés.
The East of Península Valdés: CALETA
Elephant seals - Some of them sleep all day long. Caleta
Valdés geography will surprise you from the very start. When you
get there and see a piece of land surrounded by water opposite the Atlantic
Ocean you will be shocked at being faced with such immensity. Further
on, after having taking a long walk and, after climbing down along an
authorized path, you will arrive at the land of the elephant seals. The
three-ton and five-metre-long males count with harems of as many 10 females.
The reproduction takes place between August and November and they change
their skin in summer, especially the young ones and females. They are
excellent drivers and swimmers. They do not abandon the sea to rest for
a period of 8 months. While on the beach, they neither feed themselves
nor move too much, due to the loss of energy which these activities could
bring about, making it impossible for them to recover immediately. So,
while on your visit, do not disturb them, by shouting or harassing them.
Respect their natural habitat.
An incrédible place in Península Valdés
Tthis sea lion rookery is only 5 km from Puerto Pirámides, This
reserve is open throughout the year but the recommended time for visit
is from September through April due to the high concentration of animals.
PENÍNSULA VALDÉS: PUNTA NORTE
It lies 90 km from Puerto Pirámides and is a sea lion and elephant
seal rookery during the breeding time. It remains open the whole year.
Isla de los Pájaros: this island is a breeding area for ten different
sea and coastal bird species. It lies scarcely 5 km from the Istmo Ameghino.
The birds can be watched from the shore, approximately 800 meters' distance,
by means of high power binoculars. It is open throughout the year.
DAY 1 - Arrival to Trelew Airport and transfer
to hotel in Puerto Madryn. 03 nts of accommodation with breakfast
- Excursion to Peninsula Valdès Reserve
- Excursion to Punta Tombo Penguin Reserve. Later we visit Trelew and
MEF Museum (Dinosaurs of Patagonia) and later Gaiman (Welsh Colony)
- Transfer to airport
This is a basic program to visit Peninsula Valdes Area. Please visit our
tour list to see more tours combining this area and others place in Argentina