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. To visit Peninsula Valdes and other attractions in Puerto Madryn, use our Puerto Madryn itinerary builder.
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Where to stay in Puerto Madryn

The vast majority of accommodations in Puerto Madryn hug the curved coast. Budget hostels represent the most popular option in the city, as budget travelers discover Puerto Madryn's potential for onward travel to Peninsula Valdes. Reserve your place in advance if visiting during whale-watching season, between June and December.
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  • We visited Pensula Valdez as a shore excursion from the cruise ship. It was a long 7 1/2 hour trip.it is almost 1 1/2 hour drive from the pier. Once we went inside the park there is a small visitor ce...  more »
  • What not to do: Day trips!! I did a day tip to Puerto Piramides, Punta Norte and the elephant seal and penguin colonies on the peninsula. It was April and at the end of the season so it was always goi...  more »
  • This site is quite a drive from the Port but well worth every minute. The drive takes us through beautiful and barren landscape. You will see a few sheep and many Guanaco - an alpaca look-alike. then ...  more »