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From Puerto Madryn: Chubut River Valley Welsh Colonies

1. From Puerto Madryn: Chubut River Valley Welsh Colonies

We will start leaving our selected hotels at approximately 11:00 AM to go to the Port of Rawson, where we will have time to walk around the place, and optionally we will be able to do a dolphin watching (not included). We will continue our visit heading to Trelew, where if we wish we can visit the Paleontological Museum (optional, entrance not included) considered the most important in Latin America. We will then make a historical-cultural circuit through the lower valley of the Chubut River, experiencing in person the Welsh culture in Gaiman. Here we will be able to meet the inhabitants of this particular town where Welsh customs are kept alive, such as the chapels and their language. We will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious Welsh tea (not included) and there will be time to visit the local Welsh Museum (entrance not included). After this beautiful day, we will be returning to our selected hotels at approximately 7:00 pm.

Puerto Madryn: 3-Hour Snorkeling Trip with Sea Lions

2. Puerto Madryn: 3-Hour Snorkeling Trip with Sea Lions

Explore a Spanish shipwreck on Parana beach and spot penguins, whales, dolphins, and more in the Punta Loma Natural Reserve before jumping in the water to interact with the sea lions in their natural habitat. These curious animals are not trained nor fed, yet are friendly and used to humans. With the help of an experienced guide, you will learn more about these playful animals in this unique and unforgettable experience.  Choose between hotel pickup and drop-off in Puerto Madryn or come directly to the meeting point where you will be fitted with a neoprene suit before heading down to the water to hop on the boat. After snorkeling and touring, the group will return to the dive center for hot drinks.

Puerto Madryn: Punta Tombo Penguin Reserve

3. Puerto Madryn: Punta Tombo Penguin Reserve

After pickup at your hotel in Puerto Madryn, drive along the Patagonian roads, until you arrive at Punta Tombo Provincial Reserve. See local animals like guanacos, choiques, liebres, and other wildlife that’ll make the experience much more enjoyable.  Punta Tombo is the place where Magellanic penguins choose to carry out another reproduction cycle every year. Once there, you will stay at the reserve for no less than three hours in order to walk along the paths and enjoy them up close and personal.  Observe them in their birth nest or while swimming in the sea. Visit the Punta Tombo Interpretative Centre or have lunch at the cafeteria restaurant (not included).

Whale Watching from Peninsula Valdes Full-Day Nature Tour

4. Whale Watching from Peninsula Valdes Full-Day Nature Tour

See whales and seals on this day trip from Puerto Madryn. See the small village of Puerto Pirámides, marvel at beautiful nature, and enjoy a view of Caleta Valdés. Begin your tour early in the morning and head towards the Valdés Peninsula Protected Natural Area, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1999. After an hour of travel, arrive at the picturesque ecological village of Puerto Pirámides. From June to November, embark on a whale-watching tour. Between December and March, enjoy a South American Sea Lions and Cormorants tour. Next, enjoy lunch (not included) in Puerto Pirámides or Caleta Valdés. Take some time to tour the southern part of the peninsula, crossing wide landscapes of grasslands and undulations, passing through the Salinas Grande and Chica, and going around Punta Delgada. Stop in Punta Cantor to admire the Atlantic coast and the fascinating geological formation Caleta Valdés. Depending on the time of year, marvel at the southern elephant seals, the largest seals on the planet, relaxing on the beaches. Depending on the time of year, you may visit Las Salinas, and Caleta Valdes, followed by Punta Norte. From there, begin heading back to Puerto Madryn, stopping at the Carlos Ameghino Interpretation Center, a compendium of the natural wealth of the peninsula.

From Puerto Madryn: Penguin Tour & Península Valdés Day Trip

5. From Puerto Madryn: Penguin Tour & Península Valdés Day Trip

In the early morning, you will be driven from your hotel towards Peninsula Valdes Provincial Reserve. After an hour's drive you will arrive at Puerto Pirámides. Here, you can choose to go whale watching (not included - available until December), or watch sea lions and cormorants from January onwards. The next stop is Estancia San Lorenzo, a Patagonian ranch where you can enjoy a typical Patagonian lamb on the spit (lunch not included). After lunchtime, be prepared to visit an amazing penguin colony: the largest Magellanic penguin colony in the world. Finally you will meet these curious birds! Then visit the provincial reserve of Punta Norte where, according to the season, you can see elephant seals or fur seals and eventually killer whales. From there you will return and stop at the Interpretation Center located on the Carlos Ameghino Isthmus. At the end of the excursion, you will be transferred to your accommodation in Puerto Madryn.

Puerto Madryn City Tour & Punta Loma HD Tour

6. Puerto Madryn City Tour & Punta Loma HD Tour

In this two-hour excursion we will make a tour around the city to visit the most outstanding places: the commercial center, the historic center, the mineral and cruise ship docks, and ending the visit at the panoramic viewpoint of Punta Cuevas where the monument to the Tehuelche Indian, a former inhabitant of the area, is located. From here we will leave towards Paraná beach to go to the Punta Loma sea lion reserve. Here we will find colonies of juvenile and adult sea lions, which we will observe from the cliffs prepared as balconies, and delighting us with the flights of black cormorants. After this two-hour tour, we will be returning to our selected hotels in Puerto Madryn.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 82 reviews

Great experience. Staff professional and knowledgeable. Lucian was the guide I spent the most time with and he was amazing.he demonstrates a love and respect of the ocean.He attended to every detail including helping the children and anxious passengers. The entire trip was great. The staff at the dive shop help you with your gear and explain everything. They seem to like their job which is rare these days. I can't find enough words to describe what a once in a lifetime experience it was to have a sea lion look you in the eye or touch your leg everyone needs to book with this company. I dive/snorkel around the world. This company and its employees are the real deal. Thank you for a great experience !!

We had an amazing day packed with wildlife. Guide Marcela and driver Diego were professional and knowledgeable. The day was very well organised. Comfortable transport.

You get to swim with sea lions in their natural habitat, what else is there to say? An unforgettable experience. Lucio and Dante were great guides.

One of the greatest things ever. Can't recommend enough. Only complaint is that the tour is supposed to be 3 hours and it lasts like 2

The excursion to watch the Magellan penguins in their natural habitat is ineffable.