Peninsula Valdés Full-Day Tour with Whale Watching
Language: English, Spanish
Duration: Up to 12 hours
- Discover the enchantments of the Pennsula Valdés, its landscape, flora, and fauna from just a few meters away from the boat.
- The community of Puerto Pirámides is worth a visit.
- Go to Punta Delgada's ancient naval station.
The tour begins in Puerto Madryn and travels north along Provincial Route No2 until it reaches the Control Post, where the entrance fee is paid (approximately 40 km from Madryn). From here, you'll begin to learn about the Peninsula's enchantments, including its geography, vegetation, and fauna. You've arrived at the Carlos Ameghino Isthmus, a narrow land bridge connecting the Peninsula and the continent. The first stop is at the Carlos Ameghino Interpretation Center, where you will learn about the Peninsula's ecosystem as well as other significant components of Patagonia's land animals, marine fauna, vegetation, and history. You'll also see a whale's skeleton in its entirety.
Then you'll travel to Puerto Pirámides, the Peninsula's lone village and the only starting point for marine fauna boat cruises. The boat rides run about an hour and a half and are conducted in boats with capacities ranging from 5 to 70 passengers. Southern right whales occur in the Gulf of Mexico from June to December, and trips are available during this time. You'll be able to get up close and personal with them! They swim beneath the boat from time to time, and we can monitor their motions and hear their breathing.
You leave Puerto Pyramids and continue on the Provincial Route No. 2 to continue your adventure. Along the trip, you'll travel by the Great Salt Lake and Small Salt Lake, two of South America's most prominent depressions. You'll arrive at Punta Delgada, an old naval base, if you travel to the peninsula's southeast edge. The Lighthouse was built in 1905 and is still in use today. With the vast cliffs behind them, one of the largest concentrations of elephant seals in the vicinity may be seen. After a few kilometers, you'll come upon Calleta Valdes, a unique geologic feature. A Magellan Penguin colony of several hundred individuals lives on the calleta.You will visit Punta Norte, a breeding elephant seals and sea lions, between the months of October and March, depending on the condition of the roads and the migrations of the animals. It is possible to view Orcas during high tide. You'll then return to Puerto Madryn.
-Pick-up and drop-off from centrally located hotels in Puerto Madryn
- Guided tour of Península Valdés (English and Spanish)
- 1-hour navigation to see the whales
-National Park entrance fee (15 USD per person approx.)
- Food and drinks
Please wait in the lobby of your hotel at least 15 minutes before the scheduled pick-up time.
What to Remember
-Please contact the local operator to provide full name, passport number, nationality, and date of birth of each participant. You will find their contact information on the voucher after booking.
- Comfortable shoes, warm clothes, and sunglasses recommended.
- The time and order of places could be change, depending on the season, weather, or group interest.
Daily at 8.00am, from September until 15 December each year.
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.