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Puerto Madryn: Punta Tombo Penguin Reserve

1. Puerto Madryn: Punta Tombo Penguin Reserve

After pickup at your hotel in Puerto Madryn, drive along the Patagonian roads, until you arrive at Punta Tombo Provincial Reserve. See local animals like guanacos, choiques, liebres, and other wildlife that’ll make the experience much more enjoyable.  Punta Tombo is the place where Magellanic penguins choose to carry out another reproduction cycle every year. Once there, you will stay at the reserve for no less than three hours in order to walk along the paths and enjoy them up close and personal.  Observe them in their birth nest or while swimming in the sea. Visit the Punta Tombo Interpretative Centre or have lunch at the cafeteria restaurant (not included).

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From Puerto Madryn: Wildlife Tour with Whale Watching Option

2. From Puerto Madryn: Wildlife Tour with Whale Watching Option

Meet the varied and fascinating wildlife of the Valdés Peninsula in Chubut Province on this full day guided trip. See whales, seals, penguins, various bird species, and more in their natural habitats. After pickup from your hotel in Puerto Madryn, head to Peninsula Valdés, a protected natural area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a one-hour drive to Puerto Piramides, where you’ll embark on a whale watching boat trip (if option selected). See Southern Right whales from June to early December and Southern sea lions and cormorants from January to March. If you have not chosen the whale watching option, you’ll have free time to enjoy Puerto Piramide.   Next, continue your journey to Estancia San Lorenzo, a traditional sheep farm, where you will taste a spectacular lamb barbecue for lunch. After free time for lunch, visit a stunning Magellanic penguin colony where about 500,000 penguins are located. These timid feather-shedders are named after the famed Portuguese explorer whose crew spotted them in 1520.   Your next stop will be the Wildlife Reserve Punta Norte, where depending on the time of year, you can see Southern elephant seals, Southern sea lions, and maybe even orcas. Finally, leave for Punta Cantor to observe Caleta Valdes, a large inlet that stretches along the peninsula’s Atlantic coastline. On the way back, stop at the Visitor Center situated on the Isthmus Carlos Ameghino. On the way back to Puerto Madryn, you may run into wild rheas, tinamous, guanacos, foxes, cavies, and armadillos.

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Whale Watching from Peninsula Valdes Full-Day Nature Tour

3. Whale Watching from Peninsula Valdes Full-Day Nature Tour

Set out in the early morning for Puerto Pirámide where you will take a boat to go whale watching. It is advisable to board very early in the morning for favorable weather. After boarding you will set our course for south of the peninsula, going through Salinas Grande y Chica. The tour arrives at Punta Delgada around midday. After lunch at the El Faro resort you can go down to the cliffs and walk near the sea elephants. Afterwards the tour proceeds to Punta Cantor to see the external coast of the peninsula and get to Caleta Valdés (also known as Valdés Inlet). Here you will view geological formations before heading back to the Ameghino Isthmus. There is a good chance of seeing some of the wild land animals such as guanacos, rheas, foxes, maras (Patagonian hare), armadillos or skunks. At sunset, we will arrive at Puerto Madryn. * Whale watching season is June - December. The rest of the year, the cruise goes seal watching. Please note that whale watching is subject to weather conditions.

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Puerto Madryn: 3-Hour Snorkeling Trip with Sea Lions

4. Puerto Madryn: 3-Hour Snorkeling Trip with Sea Lions

Explore a Spanish shipwreck on Parana beach and spot penguins, whales, dolphins, and more in the Punta Loma Natural Reserve before jumping in the water to interact with the sea lions in their natural habitat. These curious animals are not trained nor fed, yet are friendly and used to humans. With the help of an experienced guide, you will learn more about these playful animals in this unique and unforgettable experience.  Choose between hotel pickup and drop-off in Puerto Madryn or come directly to the meeting point where you will be fitted with a neoprene suit before heading down to the water to hop on the boat. After snorkeling and touring, the group will return to the dive center for hot drinks.

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Puerto Madryn: Peninsula Valdés with Optional Whale Watching

5. Puerto Madryn: Peninsula Valdés with Optional Whale Watching

After pickup at your hotel in Puerto Madryn, head towards Peninsula Valdés, a protected natural area. After a one-hour drive to Puerto Piramides, where you will go on a boat trip to see whales from June to the beginning of December and sea lions and cormorants from January to March (if option selected).  Those who do not choose the optional whale watching will have free time to enjoy Puerto Piramide for lunch time. After lunch you will visit the sea lion colony of Punta Piramides. After that, continue to Punta Cantor in Caleta Valdés (Valdés Inlet) and get to know the geological formations and observe elephant seals.  Then head back to the Ameghino Isthmus and visit the interesting interpretation center. On the way you’ll have a good chance of coming across wild land fauna such as guanacos, rheas, foxes, maras, armadillos and skunks.

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Puerto Madryn: Coastal Whale Watching with Meal

6. Puerto Madryn: Coastal Whale Watching with Meal

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your hotel in Puerto Madryn. Ride north of the city to the beach. See whales in their natural habitat. The Golfo Nuevo is a natural refuge for the Patagonian Right Whale. The Right Whale and other species of whale often come close to the shore in order to breed. Watch as these magnificent creatures come as close as 15 meters to the shore. If you’ve chosen the morning tour, you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach including a chicken sandwich, handmade alfajor (pastry sweet), and an assortment of drinks. If you’ve chosen the afternoon tour you’ll be given a snack along with coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and delicacies.

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Valdes Peninsula Full-Day Tour

7. Valdes Peninsula Full-Day Tour

Discover the natural beauty of the Valdes Peninsula on this full-day tour from Puerto Madryn. The area is known for its unique animal species, as it provides the perfect environment for them to live and breed. On this excursion you'll be accompanied by bi-lingual guides and naturalists. The first stop is at the interpretive center at the Carlos Ameghino Isthmus, where you'll learn about the flora, fauna and geology of the peninsula. From the panoramic lookout, you’ll have views of Golfo Nuevo, San Jose and the Island of Birds. Next on the itinerary is a stop in the town of Puerto Piramides, where depending on the season, you can take an optional whale watching tour (additional fee applies). Depending on the season, weather and tides, you’ll visit some or all of the following sites: Caleta Valdes, Punta Norte and Punta Cantor, where you can see elephant seals, penguins and sea lions. As you head back, be on the lookout for some of the wild Argentinean land animals including guanacos, rheas, foxes, maras, armadillos and skunks. At sunset, you'll arrive back at Puerto Madryn, where the tour ends.

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Puerto Madryn: Trelew Airport Transfer

8. Puerto Madryn: Trelew Airport Transfer

Travel between Puerto Madryn and Trelew Airport in safety and comfort with a pre-booked transfer. Enjoy pick-up and drop off anywhere in Puerto Madryn and get assistance with your luggage. Sit back, relax and learn more about the principal attractions of the area during the transfer between your accommodation and Trelew Airport.

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What people are saying about Puerto Madryn

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 39 reviews

Amazing experience, which put you deep into the Patagonian environment and nature! Veronica, the guide, and Nico, the driver, have been really perfect and transmitted us the passion for their work and the love for the place where they live! Really recommended and excellent value for money!

A super friendly and very professional treatment! We loved that they were very respectful of the local fauna and at no time did we think it was a massive tour. 100% recommended and the best memories we have in Argentina.

The experience was great! The time in the water flew by and we really enjoyed the company of the curious sea lions! With a thick wetsuit we had enough warmth and could enjoy the experience to the fullest.

Nice family run company, friendly and good equipment, small group of 4-5 with each guide. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides, we had a good experience!

The office staff were very helpful with gear. We had two guides who were very helpful. The event was just as advertised. I would do it again.