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From Puerto Madryn: Wildlife Tour with Whale Watching Option

1. From Puerto Madryn: Wildlife Tour with Whale Watching Option

Meet the varied and fascinating wildlife of the Valdés Peninsula in Chubut Province on this full day guided trip. See whales, seals, penguins, various bird species, and more in their natural habitats. After pickup from your hotel in Puerto Madryn, head to Peninsula Valdés, a protected natural area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a one-hour drive to Puerto Piramides, where you’ll embark on a whale watching boat trip (if option selected). See Southern Right whales from June to early December and Southern sea lions and cormorants from January to March. If you have not chosen the whale watching option, you’ll have free time to enjoy Puerto Piramide.   Next, continue your journey to Estancia San Lorenzo, a traditional sheep farm, where you will taste a spectacular lamb barbecue for lunch. After free time for lunch, visit a stunning Magellanic penguin colony where about 500,000 penguins are located. These timid feather-shedders are named after the famed Portuguese explorer whose crew spotted them in 1520.   Your next stop will be the Wildlife Reserve Punta Norte, where depending on the time of year, you can see Southern elephant seals, Southern sea lions, and maybe even orcas. Finally, leave for Punta Cantor to observe Caleta Valdes, a large inlet that stretches along the peninsula’s Atlantic coastline. On the way back, stop at the Visitor Center situated on the Isthmus Carlos Ameghino. On the way back to Puerto Madryn, you may run into wild rheas, tinamous, guanacos, foxes, cavies, and armadillos.

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Whale Watching from Peninsula Valdes Full-Day Nature Tour

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

Set out in the early morning for Puerto Pirámide where you will take a boat to go whale watching. It is advisable to board very early in the morning for favorable weather. After boarding you will set our course for south of the peninsula, going through Salinas Grande y Chica. The tour arrives at Punta Delgada around midday. After lunch at the El Faro resort you can go down to the cliffs and walk near the sea elephants. Afterwards the tour proceeds to Punta Cantor to see the external coast of the peninsula and get to Caleta Valdés (also known as Valdés Inlet). Here you will view geological formations before heading back to the Ameghino Isthmus. There is a good chance of seeing some of the wild land animals such as guanacos, rheas, foxes, maras (Patagonian hare), armadillos or skunks. At sunset, we will arrive at Puerto Madryn. * Whale watching season is June - December. The rest of the year, the cruise goes seal watching. Please note that whale watching is subject to weather conditions.

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Puerto Madryn: Peninsula Valdés with Optional Whale Watching

3. Puerto Madryn: Peninsula Valdés with Optional Whale Watching

After pickup at your hotel in Puerto Madryn, head towards Peninsula Valdés, a protected natural area. After a one-hour drive to Puerto Piramides, where you will go on a boat trip to see whales from June to the beginning of December and sea lions and cormorants from January to March (if option selected).  Those who do not choose the optional whale watching will have free time to enjoy Puerto Piramide for lunch time. After lunch you will visit the sea lion colony of Punta Piramides. After that, continue to Punta Cantor in Caleta Valdés (Valdés Inlet) and get to know the geological formations and observe elephant seals.  Then head back to the Ameghino Isthmus and visit the interesting interpretation center. On the way you’ll have a good chance of coming across wild land fauna such as guanacos, rheas, foxes, maras, armadillos and skunks.

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Puerto Madryn: Coastal Whale Watching with Meal

4. Puerto Madryn: Coastal Whale Watching with Meal

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your hotel in Puerto Madryn. Ride north of the city to the beach. See whales in their natural habitat. The Golfo Nuevo is a natural refuge for the Patagonian Right Whale. The Right Whale and other species of whale often come close to the shore in order to breed. Watch as these magnificent creatures come as close as 15 meters to the shore. If you’ve chosen the morning tour, you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach including a chicken sandwich, handmade alfajor (pastry sweet), and an assortment of drinks. If you’ve chosen the afternoon tour you’ll be given a snack along with coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and delicacies.

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What people are saying about Puerto Madryn

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 17 reviews

Well worth the price

The weather and the guide play a role in such trips. The guide was very good and also spoke perfect English. Brilliant sun kept the animals on land moving. We saw llamas, ostriches, domestic hares, birds etc. Sea elephants, sea lions we got quite close. The food at Guys was good. The highlight of watching the election was perfect. A little wind and no waves gave perfect photos. The number of whales was very many. The boat was between 20 and 100 meters from the whale for a long time. We switched to different individuals during the tour. It was mother with calf that we saw. Sydkapare. Valdes is a large peninsula, so it takes a long time to get between the different animals' places. I feel that laws and regulations to protect the animals in the reserve are very good and that they are followed.

It was amazing!!!!!! The best day tour I ever had. The guide Lucas was wonderful, very professional, knowledgeable, kind, helpful. He gave as very interesting information about the animals and generally about the region. The tour was in private car for 3 people only. The sailing was amazing!!! The pictures was unbelievably beautiful.

It was wonderful! Incredible to see so many whales so close! But the entire day was awesome! We saw so many animals from Patagonia Atlántica, Guanaco, Mara, Pingüino, Sea elephants and more! Plus we had amazing explanations about nature and animals od the peninsula thanks to the guide! Really worth the price I recommend 100%!

Amazing experience, which put you deep into the Patagonian environment and nature! Veronica, the guide, and Nico, the driver, have been really perfect and transmitted us the passion for their work and the love for the place where they live! Really recommended and excellent value for money!

I loved it. I have to say that the guide, Paula, deserves recognition. It is an open book. His level of knowledge and explanation is unsurpassed.