The Valdes Peninsula

SOUTH ATLANTIC COAST

THE GALAPAGOS OF THE ATLANTIC

PENINSULA VALDES AND PUERTO DESEADO CONGREGATE UNIQUE MARINE SPECIES SUCH AS THE MAJESTIC SOUTHERN RIGHT WHALE

In the numerous gulfs, bays, inlets and peninsulas along the vast Argentine shoreline of the South Atlantic Ocean we may find large colonies of marine animals. Due to the currents that flow along the Patagonian coast and thanks to the relatively low fishing and traffic activity, the sea is still rich in plankton, algae, fish and shellfish that serve in turn as food for the enormous bird and marine mammal populations of the region.

The Patagonian land ends abruptly in the sea forming high cliffs hiding at their foot very wide and sandy - or stony- beaches. Sea lions, elephant seals, penguins, whales, orcas, and marine bird colonies inhabit or visit regularly this region.

IDEAL FOR BIRDWATCHING AND SAILING

THIS IS A TRUE WILDLIFE PARADISE

GO FOR!

  • The amazing wildlife! Mesmerizing colonies of sea lions, elephant seals, penguins, birds, and of course the Southern Right whales, will take your breath away.
  • The magical sunsets and the stunning contrast of the Patagonian steppe against the deep blue ocean
  • The legacy of the first pioneers that settled the area, the Welshmen that transformed the arid steppe into a rich productive valley.

DO!

  • Drive across the endless vastness of the steppe, and along the magnificent coastal roads.
  • Navigate the “Golfo Nuevo” to admire the majestic Southern Right whale (Eubalaena australis).
  • Paddle the pristine waters of the Gulf in a kayak and enjoy a close encounter with the wildlife.
  • Drive up to the reserves to find penguin rookeries, elephant seal and sea lion colonies where animals spend their breeding season.

EAT!

  • Try the rich and tasty Patagonian lamb, the traditional Patagonian barbecue.
  • Savor the traditional home made pastries baked by the welsh families
  • Experience the exquisite cuisine at Territorio Hotel in Puerto Madryn, or try any of the many restaurants located along the beach with local specialties.
  • Get your share of fresh fish and seafood and continue visiting a mostly beef lover country

STAY!

  • At Hotel Territorio for a fantastic view of the Atlantic Ocean, and the active social scene of Puerto Madryn.
  • At a cozy Hosteria in Gaiman for a quieter retreat and a full welsh experience
  • At an Estancia in Peninsula Valdes, and be among the first ones to enjoy the sun rising from a privileged location. Enjoy the vastness of the coastal landscapes and the countryside, and experience the lifestyle of a Patagonian ranch.

DO NOT MISS!

  • A visit to the Ecocentro in Puerto Madryn, a “Cultural space for reunion and reflection designed to foster a more harmonious attitude to the ocean by means of education, science and art” http://www.ecocentro.org.ar
  • A stroll or bike ride along the Puerto Madryn “rambla” or coastal path to enjoy the town’s beaches.
  • A trip to “El Doradillo” beach, north of the town, to view the whales from the coast.
  • A kayak trip to spot the whales and the sea lions “up close and personal”
  • A scuba diving outing, for those not afraid of the cool waters but fascinated by the submarine rich life
  • A visit to Cabo dos Bahias penguin rookery. Be amazed by the stunning contrasts of the landscape, with striking reds, deep blue waters and bright green patches of mosses and grasses.
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