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Argentina

Puerto Madryn & Valdes Peninsula

4 days | 3 nights
Private tour
From 889USD per person
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Have you ever wanted to get up close with marine mammals? This tour will be 'hosted' by the natural residents of the Valdes Peninsula, a Patagonian nature reserve close to Puerto Madryn, the second-largest fishing port in Argentina. Magellanic penguins, sea lions, sea elephants, orcas (killer whales), whales, dolphins all contribute to making the place a star destination for wildlife lovers. Declared a Natural World Heritage site by UNESCO, the Valdes Peninsula stretches over several hundred miles and is famous for the southern right whales that come to take shelter in the natural bays between June and November. Further South, in Punta Tombo, between September and April, thousands of Magellanic penguins gather to mate, nest and look after their offspring. Traveling to these unique marine mammal conservation sites will definitely leave you with unforgettable memories. 

Destinations

Argentina

Trip at a glance

Visits

Punta Tombo Magellan Pinguins Colonies, Marine Wildlife Safari in Peninsula Valdés, Caleta Valdés, La Boca

Accomodation

3 nights in 3 or 4* premium hotels

Transportation

Shared bus for excursions on day 2 and 3

Private transfers on day 1 and day 4

Boat naviagation on day 3

Dates and Prices

Arrival date

Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1 Flight to Trelew, free afternoon in puerto Madryn

Morning

Early morning transfer to Buenos Aires domestic airport, assistance with check-in. 

Direct flight to Trelew, located in the Chubut province (2 hours). 

Arrival in Trelew, private transfer to your hotel in Puerto Madryn (50 min), the gateway to the Valdes Peninsula and Argentina's second-largest fishing port. 

Afternoon

Free afternoon. Enjoy a stroll on the beach or book a dolphin tour (not included) to see the unique Commerson's dolphins. 

Evening

Free evening. 

Overnight at your hotel in Puerto Madryn. 

Day 2 Punta Tombo Reserve excursion, Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio

Remember to bring your binoculars! 

Morning

Transfer by bus (shared) to Punta Tombo Reserve (2 hours 30 min). 

Punta Tombo Reserve is home to the largest colony of Magellanic penguins in the world. 

You will learn everything about the 25 to 40-inch tall (60-100 cm) black & white penguins. 

Every year between September and April, thousands of Magellan penguins gather here to mate, nest, incubate their eggs and feed their newly-hatched chicks. 

You will be able to walk around the colony and get really close to the penguins. Please observe the rules given by your guide and do not touch the penguins. 

Afternoon

Afternoon transfer by bus (shared) to Trelew (2 hours 15 min). 

Visit the Egidio Feruglio Museum of Paleontology, home to a huge collection of plant and marine life fossils (about 1,700) and a massive life-size dinosaur. 

Transfer by bus (shared) back to Punta Tombo (50 min). 

Evening

Free evening. 

Overnight at your hotel in Puerto Madryn. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 3 Marine wildlife safari in the Valdés Peninsula, Caleta Valdés, La Boca

Remember to bring your binoculars! 

Morning

Transfer to the Valdes Peninsula Nature Reserve (1 hour). 

Visit the Interpretation Center with its impressive 39-foot whale squeleton (12 metres). 

Transfer to Puerto Piramides (1 hour 15 min), an old port from where salt used to be shipped. 

Board a group sailing trip around the Valdes Peninsula (approx 2 hours), where you will spot southern right whales. 

Declared as Natural World Heritage by UNESCO, the Valdes Peninsula extends over several hundred miles. 

Depending on the season you might spot: sea lions, sea elephants, orcas, whales, dolphins and penguins. 

Disembark and transfer to Caleta Valdes (1 hour). 

Afternoon

After lunch, free time to walk on the marked trails of the reserve to watch elephant seals resting on the beach. 

The tour last stops at 'la boca' ('the mouth') of Caleta Valdes, a lagoon enclosed by a strip of land made of boulders, gravel and sand that opens onto the Argentine Sea through a small mouth at its southern end. This unusual landscape is home to elephant seals between August and April. 

End of the afternoon, transfer back to Puerto Madryn (2 hours). 

Evening

Free evening in Puerto Madryn. 

Overnight at your hotel in Puerto Madryn. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Services

What's included

Accommodation

Nights
3 nights in 3 or 4* premium hotels

Meals

Bed & Breakfast plan
3 breakfasts
Full board plan
3 breakfasts + 3 lunches + 3 dinners

Transportation

Bus
Shared bus for excursions on day 2 and 3
Car
Private transfers on day 1 and day 4
Cruise
Boat naviagation on day 3

Orientation

Guide
Shared English-speaking guide for all visits and excursions

Entrance Fees

All entrance fees to mentioned sites

What's not included

  • Domestic Flights: 470 USD/Person
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra Meals
  • Drinks
  • Tips

Important notes

When traveling to Patagonia, we recommend you to bring: a warm and waterproof jacket (Gore-Tex), a pair of gloves, a wool hat, a scarf, quality sunglasses, sun block, a daily backpack, hikking/walking waterproof shoes, binoculars, a medical kit.

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