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Peninsula Valdes, Province of Chubut
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Mostly barren land speckled with several salt lakes and a coastline inhabited by marine mammals, Peninsula Valdes represents an important wildlife reserve and a World Heritage Site. Look out for the endangered southern right whales that mate in the gulf between the peninsula and the mainland from May to December. The island also supports sea lions, elephant seals, Magellanic penguins, Antarctic pigeons, and indigenous species like the rhea and the guanaco. Sheep ranches occupy most of the peninsula's inland. The only town within the peninsula--nestled in a bay surrounded by cliffs--offers lodgings, restaurants, some shops, and an information center featuring a full right whale skeleton and an observation tower. An old lighthouse at the tip of the peninsula has been turned into a hotel. To visit Peninsula Valdes and other attractions in Puerto Piramides, use our Puerto Piramides itinerary builder.
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  • Rent a car and take off the streets long and not at all crowded, be enchanted by the beautiful views. The streets are unpaved and mainly because wastelands. Armed with water L, food, patience and a little luck to not Pierce a rubber (to us it happened!)
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  • The peninsula extension was impressed. I imagined something much smaller. They are kilometers and kilometers of an imposing, barren and untouched landscape. We did the tour that we were recommended at the visitor center, which consisted of first visit Puerto Pirámides and set out to see the whales in a rental car (in the first shift, from 10 am). Then we had lunch in the village and took our road to caleta valdes, which is reached after 70 km of gravel (2 hours approx.) through the Centre of the peninsula. I was going to go north to see the orcas, but they told me it was not worth because they were too many kilometers and is likely to not see anything. Along the way we saw guanacos, sheep, partridges, birds, lizards and spiders (huge). Handle on gravel is not simple, but it is not impossible. It is similar to snow, but a little more slippery. You can go to quiet 50 kms/hr and up to 80 kms/hr can be safely once it grabs her hand. I had several questions over whether to hire the tour or rent a car. I chose the latter and I regretted not for nothing. After the Caleta Valdés (penguins) visited Punta singer (lobitos) and returning, the island of birds. In total, were approximately 200 kms of journey.
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  • The beauty of a day trip to Peninsula Valdes is the variety of wildlife you will see. It is true you will see more penguins in Punta Tombo, but in Peninsula Valdes you can see penguins, southern right...  more »