Peninsula Valdes, Puerto Madryn

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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. Plan your Peninsula Valdes visit and explore what else you can see and do in Puerto Madryn using our Puerto Madryn journey planner.
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  • The peninsula is a very nice place, with various activities to perform depending on the month of visit... everything revolves around a natural environment, and visiting different local animals. A must-see of 1 or 2 days to fully cover
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  • Valdez Peninsula is about 100km from Puerto Madryn. Access per person (domestic us$7, foreign us $14, local 2), access to the vehicle is charged (from US$2 onwards depending on the amount of seatbelts you have). When you arrive at the interpretation center you can check which way to do, they will tell you where the fauna is and inform you of the kilometers and the type of route to travel. (Be cautious on ripium streets can easily tip.) Near the interpretation center is the island of birds that has free binoculars for observation. To board and see whales you should go to Puerto Pirámides, all the way is paved. The fauna has a cycle, there are not always whales, orcas, etc. look for more info to plan the trip. We went two days, the second day we toured much more. We visited Caleta Valdez, the brackish lagoons, on the way you see quite native fauna.
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  • Impressive!! We loved it!! Excellent place to see whales, penguins, orcas to go with children. Very nice.
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