Peninsula Valdes

April 29, 2014
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The perfect destination for wildlife fanatics, amateur photographers and people who just love the great outdoors – Peninsula Valdes has some of the best wildlife-spotting opportunities in South America!

The Area 

Home to a unique ecosystem that provides a habitat for some of the world’s rarest and most beautiful creatures,Peninsula Valdes is a place like no other. With rocky cliffs, beaches and 400km of stunning coastline to explore, you’ll never be short of something to do or see in this amazing area. Nearby, shallow lagoons, coastal sand dunes and even small islands await your exploration.

The nearest town is Puerto Madryn, a 1.5 hour drive from Trelew airport. Due to Peninsula Valdes’ coastal location, driving is often the best way to reach the town. Puerto Madryn itself is a cosy town will a range of shops and restaurants, providing an excellent base from which to explore the area. If you’re keen to get as close to the action as possible, there are a number of hotels available that are located inside Peninsula Valdes National Park itself.

Best Time To Go

Peninsula Valdes is popular for whale watching, as the Southern Right Whales use the protected waters of the peninsula to mate and give birth to calves. This is truly fantastic experience, and shouldn’t be passed by. The season runs between May and November so book early to avoid disappointment! Contact a Latin Routes Travel Specialist today for more details.


The highlights in Peninsula Valdes are most wildlife-based and, indeed, it is a paradise for some of the more spectacular aquatic species. Southern Right Whales are the main attraction – they are known to surface often and are often playful and friendly towards human vessels, cavorting and diving in and around the boats. The whales themselves can reach up to 47 tonnes in weight and can be as big as 15m long – that’s almost 50 feet!

Sea lions and elephant seals also dot the coastline. These giants can weigh up to 4000kg and spend most of their lives (up to 80%) in the sea. Elephant seals only really come onto land to mate and breed, and this can be quite a sight in mating season – hundreds of them populating the coastal areas.

Be sure not to miss this fantastic opportunity – Contact a Latin Routes Travel Specialist!
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