Península Valdés, a unique place in the world
Killer whales leaving the sea in search of food, elephant seals fighting for a female, sea lions playing, penguins, maras, guanacos, foxes and a large number of birds in the wild.
Live the experience of visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site and enjoy incredible landscapes, dreamy sunsets, beach in summer and the best whale watching on the planet.
The Peninsula Valdés Protected Natural Area marvels at the spectacle that nature offers in all its splendor, which we have preserved and protected since 1983. You can be amazed and thrilled by the “intentional stranding” of killer whales to hunt sea lions, the elephant seals struggling to keep their harem, the sea lions raising their cubs, the penguins calling their mates, and the right whales leaping past the boat where you sail or simply looking into your eyes.
In Peninsula Valdés you can also feel between two seas. It is an island linked to the mainland by an arm of land only 6 kilometers wide, where the only limit for the view is the horizon and the fauna lives protected and in freedom. There are ranches that offer lodging and Patagonian lamb, and the small town of Puerto Pirámides has all kinds of services, gastronomy of fresh and native seafood, beach in summer and is the starting point for the sighting of the Southern Right Whale, the best experience with cetaceans of the world.
Organized for the attention of the visitor and the protection of all its biodiversity, in the Peninsula Valdés there are five Operational Units with different attractions: on the entrance road, the Isthmus Florentino Ameghino Interpretation Center shows a general panorama of all nature that can be enjoyed , on the Island of the Birds 11 species of birds are sighted in a place that inspired Antoine de Saint Éxupéry to
The Little Prince
; Punta Norte offers the world show of killer whales and a colony of sea lions; in Caleta Valdés the elephant seals have an impact due to their size; and in Punta Pirámide, from one of the best viewpoints in Patagonia, you can see a colony of sea lions and the imposing New Gulf.
When you enter the Peninsula Valdés you are also in a natural place with international awards. Natural Heritage of Humanity UNESCO since 1999, it is also a Ramsar Site and Biosphere Reserve. Specialists from all over the world agreed that, with its marine and terrestrial fauna and its vegetation, the landscape of Península Valdés is a unique place. You can not miss the chance to discover it at any time of the year.
Suggestions for a good experience:
How to get to Puerto Pirámides
Company Mar y Valle (consult schedules, they vary according to the season), tel. +54-280-445-0600. Puerto Madryn Bus Terminal, Dr. Avila s / n, Office 5.
Consult travel and tourism agencies authorized for the excursion with on board sighting. Secretaría de Turismo de Puerto Madryn, Av. Julio A. Roca 223, tel. 0280-445-3504/6067. https://turismo.madryn.gob.ar/
Or with a private vehicle.
- If you can choose, visit the sea lions and elephant at low tide
- You can see more specimens of marine fauna in reproductive periods
- You can go by vehicle on your own, through an organized excursion, or by bus lines from Puerto Madryn Puerto Pirámides.
- Bring comfortable clothes and shoes, hat and sunscreen
- Do not forget a coat (extra if you do whale watching)
- Always carry your camera or cell phone with a good battery charge
- Hire excursions with Travel Agencies authorized for this purpose
- Avoid hiring excursions on public roads (except at specially enabled counters when there are cruises in Puerto Madryn)
- Get informed at the Information Offices of each Chubut destination
If you go with your own car:
- Charge fuel before starting any tour and before going to Peninsula Valdés
- Within the Peninsula Valdés, there is only a service station in Puerto Pirámides
- Drive with caution: native animals live in the wild and can cross the road
- On the gravel road, do not exceed 60 km / h and avoid sudden braking
- The pets are forbidden
Suggestions recommended to visit a Protected Natural Area:
- The gathering of plants, fossils or archaeological remains are forbidden.
- Circulate by roads and walking trials enabled
- Circulation on beaches and cross country is prohibited
- Take your waste back
- Respect and take care of the information signs.
- If you have any questions or doubts, consult the wild life guards.
- Do not chase, feed or disturb the fauna.
- Watching fauna, please, keep your voice calm.
For more information:
Peninsula Valdés Administration
Web Site: https://peninsulavaldes.org.ar/
Municipalidad de Puerto Pirámides:
Puerto Madryn Tourism Office:
Address: Av. Roca 223
Telephone Information Center: (54 280) 4453504 / 4456067
Web Site: www.madryn.travel
E- mail: [email protected]