Rich in wild and barren landscapes, the Peninsula Valdés is home to a profusion of rare and unique fauna. Exploring its windswept beaches, sheltered bays and crumbly cliffs, and getting up close to southern right whales, elephant seals and a myriad of bird species, offers an unrivalled experience and a chance to explore one the greatest wildlife and marine reserves on the continent.
Located in the north-eastern tip of Patagonia, the Peninsula Valdés is a wildlife haven. Recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site due to its wildlife-conservation significance, the area is home to whales, dolphins, sea lions and hundreds of species of birds. Every year between the months of June to mid-December the endangered southern right whales seek the peninsula’s sheltered bays and plankton-rich waters to breed. In the months of September to January, elephant seals, sea lions and magellan penguins can be found in areas around the Peninsula Valdés and Puerto Deseado and year-round a plethora of bird species can be seen.
The fishing port of Puerto Madryn and commercial hub of Trelew serve as the gateway to the Peninsula Valdés and is where most accommodation and tourist facilities can be found. The city of Trelew is rich in Welsh heritage and its surrounding villages are dotted with Welsh tea rooms and exude a unique Welsh culture. The 19th-century Welsh settlement Gaiman is the largest welsh community outside of the United Kingdom and famous for its tea houses.
A popular way to explore the Peninsula Valdés is to take day trips from Puerto Madryn and Trelew. Distances are long, roads mainly consist of gravel and so it really is a destination that needs time and patience, for those that want to maximise their wildlife experience, there are a limited few authentic estancias dotted on the peninsula. With such sheer variety, this region of Argentina offers a plethora of outdoor activities to get under the skin of its rugged landscape. Embark on a boat expedition along the Peninsula Valdés and see various species of whales and hundreds of species of birds. Walk with penguins at Punta Tombo, spot killer whales, nesting penguins and a whole lot more. Explore the Argentinean landscapes by horseback riding on the beach or by sailing the surrounding sea on a boat or kayak. Sand-boarding in the dunes can be enjoyed as well as snorkelling, water skiing and fishing. Traverse the interior of the Peninsula and spot rheas, armadillos, Patagonian skunks and visit the remains of a petrified forest.
To get the best out of the Peninsula Valdés, timing is key, and so speak with one of our Imagine specialists to work out when to go and where- with their first-hand knowledge we can ensure you get the best out of your experience.