Valdes Peninsula was discovered by Magellan 1520, while he was traveling along the Patagonian coast, but it was not settled until the end of the 19th Century.
The settlers were Welsh immigrants, escaping cramped coal mining valleys in a country where they had lost a battle for independence and the right to speak their own language. In their quest to discover a new Wales, they brought a unique flavor to the land.
The area is justly famous for whale watching, but where else in the world could you follow a day of whale watching with a full Welsh high tea? The land is rich in marine wildlife, including penguins, sea lions, dolphins and elephant seals, as well as many species of marine birds. Watching the antics of pup sea lions is at once exciting and heart warming.
The inland areas of the Valdes Peninsula are just as full of riches for the visitor: besides spotting the wildlife such as guanacos, foxes and hares, why not visit traditional Patagonian households where you can observe sheep shearing, and other traditional Welsh customs, or try your hand at water sport; Puerto Madryn is the scuba diving capital of Argentina.