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From Puerto Madryn: Wildlife Tour with Whale Watching Option

1. 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.

Puerto Madryn: Peninsula Valdés with Optional Whale Watching

2. 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.

Puerto Madryn: Coastal Whale Watching with Meal

3. 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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