Patagonia Travel and Tous Information. PATAGONIA TRAVEL, TOURS, HOTEL & VACATION GUIDE
Patagonia
Tours & Circuits
Patagonia
Travel Chronicles
Patagonia
Nature & Wildlife
Patagonia
Adventure Travel
Patagonia Travel
& Vacation Guide
Patagonia
Pictures & Photos
Patagonia Travel
Useful Information
Enjoy Patagonia Testimonials
Site Map | Lugares Magazine | Patagonia Testimonials | Our Offices | Travel Agents | Contact Us



PENINSULA VALDES

PUERTO MADRYN

PATAGONIA

ARGENTINA

by
Enjoy Patagonia

Patagonia Home Page
Patagonia Map
Patagonia Travel &
Vacation Guide

ARGENTINA PATAGONIA
BARILOCHE
Lake Perito Moreno
Villa La Angostura
Esquel
Villa Llao Llao
Nahuel Huapi
National Park

El Bolson
Cerro Catedral
Cerro Tronador
Colonia Suiza
Los Alerces
National Park

Villa Traful
Puerto Blest
Lake Gutierrez
Bariloche
Surroundings

Crossing to Chile
from Bariloche

USHUAIA
TIERRA DEL FUEGO
Tierra del Fuego
National Park

Martial Glacier
Huskies Valley
End Of The
World Train

Beagle Channel
Lapataia Bay
Tolhuin
Bird Watching
Navigation Tours
Tourist Ranches
Others
CALAFATE
Perito Moreno Glacier
El Chalten
Los Glaciares
National Park

Tourist Ranches
Rio Turbio
Flora and Fauna
Observation

PUERTO MADRYN
Rawson
Peninsula Valdes
Gaiman
Trelew
Dolavon
SAN MARTIN DE
LOS ANDES and
the CROSS of
the LAKES

Junin de los Andes
Cerro Chapelco
Lanin National Park
Lake Huechulafquen
Lake Lolog
Villa Alumine
CHILEAN PATAGONIA
TORRES DEL PAINE
Puerto Natales
ANTARCTICA
PUNTA ARENAS
CHILOE
JUAN FERNANDEZ
TIERRA DEL FUEGO
AND PART OF
CHILEAN ANTARCTICA
ARGENTINA
IGUAZU
BUENOS AIRES



Call our TOLL FREE number: USA: 1-800-790-2961  
Local Line:   Spain - Barcelona: 0034-931846831   UK - London: 44-203-393-8867

PATAGONIA TRAVEL
Business Hours: Monday to Friday: 09:00 am - 6:00 pm.
Headquarters (located in Lima - Peru) Time Zone: GMT -5 hours

We suggest that during the high season (from October to the end of March) the reservations are done 30 days in advance.

PUERTO MADRYN - PATAGONIA TRAVEL & TOURS PUERTO MADRYN - PATAGONIA VIAJES Y TURISMO PUERTO MADRYN - PATAGONIA VOYAGE PUERTO MADRYN - PATAGONIA REISEN

PUERTO MADRYN

PENINSULA VALDES



Guanacos  - Puerto Madryn Patagonia Travel There are few places in the world that can compare with the Nature Reserve of Peninsula Valdes: a microcosm of heavenly peace where the ripples of a calm sea gently stroke the skins of the resident species, and the traveler who lays foot on its warm sands will temporarily lose track of time.

Peninsula Valdes is a wildlife sanctuary that is unique. It is the ideal place for close-up watching of whales, penguins, dark dolphins, elephant seals and sea lions, birds and Patagonian land-based species such as lesser rhea, mara (Patagonian hare), foxes, skunks or flocks of guanacos.

On the eastern tip of central Patagonia, Peninsula Valdes is a virtual island, only joined to the continent by a narrow strip of land 35 kilometers long called Ameghino Isthmus.

It is on the northeast of Chubut province, 77 kilometers from Puerto Madryn (only one hour's drive away).

From its narrowest point (around 7 kilometers) the gulfs of San José, in the north and Nuevo, in the south, are both visible.

The peninsula is 3,625 square kilometers in area, 63 kilometers long and 97 wide. An interesting basin (42 meters below sea level) contains two salt flats, "Salinas Chica", 12 km2 in area, and "Salinas Grande", 35 km2.

Together, they form the deepest basin in South America.

Puerto Piramides is the only city in Peninsula Valdes. This small tourist village, built on the shores of Golfo Nuevo, is a center for whale watching.

Gato Montes  - Puerto Madryn Patagonia Travel The protected area of the Peninsula Valdes reserve starts at the Carlos Ameghino Isthmus. That is where the eco-center is located: this is an official body belonging to the Chubut Tourism Secretariat, dedicated to studying the coastal and ocean eco-systems, which makes it the ideal place to receive information about flora, fauna, and the geography and history of the surrounding area.

The predominant biome or landscape type in Peninsula Valdes is the high coastal plateau type, covering 90% of its surface; the remaining 10% is formed by closed basins (salt flats) and coastal environments featuring cliff-backed sandy and rocky beaches.

Flamenco Austral  - Puerto Madryn Patagonia Travel The rest of its surface is a mosaic of reserves and private properties, because meaning to protect the Patagonian fauna, the provincial government decreed that the whole surface of the peninsula should become a single Fauna Reserve.

The UNESCO has declared the Peninsula to be a Natural World Heritage.


MARINE FAUNA SPOTTING
Marine fauna spotting is the main activity in Puerto Madryn and the surrounding area.

One can view a wide variety and great number of specimens of marine fauna from the coast or from boats.

Enormous whales, only a few meters away, elephant seals and sea lions, penguins, birds of all kinds, guanacos and other land-based species mill around this 360 hectare Nature Reserve, practically its only inhabitants and the "stars" of its stage.

The reduced size of Golfo Nuevo and its landscape offers many possibilities for boat excursions.

Marine Fauna  - Puerto Madryn Patagonia Travel There is a wide variety of offers to observe two of the most fascinating wildlife spectacles in the world: the Punta Tombo Magellanic penguin rookery (September through March) and the viewing of the southern right whale in Península Valdés (June through December). In both cases one can view elephant seal and sea lion colonies as well.

There are many transport options for the excursions: catamarans, sailboats, speedboats or kayaks. They all offer the tourist the chance of viewing birds, dolphins and sea lions, and even of sailing around the wreckage of sunken ships.

This is why the landscape suddenly takes on larger dimensions for the tourist who is enjoying a long boat trip around its cliff-lined coasts.

Fauna reserves
  • Istmo Carlos Ameghino.
  • Isla de los Pajaros.
  • Puerto Piramides.
  • Punta Delgada.
  • Punta Cantor.
  • Punta Norte.
Species that may be observed and viewing periods:
  • Whales: June through December. Recommendation: August or September.
  • Orcas: all year round. Better chances in March-April in Punta Norte; September in Caleta Valdes; April in Peninsula Valdes.
  • Dolphins: July through March.
  • Sea lions: all year round. Mating season: December through April.
  • Elephant seals: all year round. Recommendation: September and October. During the November - April period they are seen in large numbers, but they are inactive. From April through August they can be seen in isolated molting groups.
  • Penguins: September through March.
  • Sea birds: southern spring and summer.
  • Land birds: all year round.
  • Guanacos: all year round.
  • Maras (Patagonian hares): all year round. Recommendation: September through February.
  • Gray and red foxes: all year round. Recommendation: southern hemisphere summer.
  • Armadillos and piches: all year round.

HOW TO GET THERE AND WHAT TO SEE
You leave from Puerto Madryn northward along Provincial Route Nº 1. After doing 17 kilometers you enter the area using Provincial Route Nº 2. They are both paved.

You must take this road eastward to enter the Peninsula.

By bus, plane or car, the starting point to get to this Nature Reserve is usually Puerto Madryn, offering all services as well as a port, an airport and travel agencies.

Ballenas de Valdes  - Puerto Madryn Patagonia Travel In the whale season (June through December) it is worthwhile taking the old route to Piramides (Provincial Route Nº 4, gravel track). This is an opportunity to make a first coastal sighting of whales near the El Doradillo beach, which is considered one of the natural mating areas.

Returning to Provincial Route Nº 2, after another 77 kilometers and once you have paid the visitor's fee at the Reserve (at the El Desempeño checkpoint), you arrive at Carlos Ameghino Isthmus, a narrow strip of land linking the peninsula to the continent.

Here the tourist will also have to stop and pay an entry fee to the Integrated Fauna Reserve of Peninsula Valdes.

The access point to the peninsula affords a magnificent view. To your left and to your right all that is visible is the blue Patagonian sea, stretching from horizon to horizon.

On one side you will see Golfo Nuevo and, on the other, Golfo San José. If you lower your car window pane you will be able to hear the noisy chirping of the winged inhabitants of the nearby Isla de los Pájaros (Bird Island), that seem to greet all visitors.

Esqueleto de Ballena  - Puerto Madryn Patagonia Travel An excellent service here is the "F. Ameghino Interpretation Center" and the "Regional Museum Fuerte San José", where the traveler can obtain abundant information on the flora, fauna and history of the Peninsula and recommendations on what places to visit.

Some 5 kilometers from this place, one goes down a gravel track to the Isla de los Pájaros (on the Golfo de San José). This is an important sea bird colony, that also has a small interpreting and information center and binoculars to watch the island denizens close up.

After 25 kilometers one gets to the seashore community of Puerto Piramides, where one will be able to board vessels for boating excursions to view the fauna.

Garita de Control - Puerto Madryn Patagonia Travel From this area one can visit Lobería de Punta Piramides, where in the mating and breeding seasons (December through March) a colony of sea lions occupies the whole area, both land and sea.

From Puerto Piramides you can travel along gravel tracks to Caleta Valdes, an elephant seal colony, and Punta Norte, where you will find elephant seals and sea lions, all within a radius of 75 kilometers, approximately.

From Puerto Piramides and towards Punta Delgada you go through the Salinas Grande and Chica, which together form a major depression or basin that lies 42 meters below sea level.

Before starting out on the whole tour, it is important to tank up and get a good supply of drinking water in the Puerto Piramides gas station.

Travelers should be aware that they are touring one of the few spots in the world that preserve intact all the features that amazed Sir Charles Darwin over 160 years ago.


PENINSULA VALDES SUB - DESTINATIONS
Puerto Piramides
Caleta Valdes
Punta Tombo Penguin Rookery
Punta Norte
 
PUERTO MADRYN TOURS
Puerto Madryn and Valdes Peninsula
4 days / 3 nights
Whales and Glaciers
10 days / 9 nights
3 Patagonian Beauties
13 days / 12 nights
PUERTO MADRYN
INTRODUCTION
Puerto Madryn Pictures
Attractions in
Puerto Madryn
Adventure Travel in Puerto Madryn
Nature in
Puerto Madryn
When To Go -
Weather & Climate in
Puerto Madryn
How To Get There to
Puerto Madryn
Transport in Puerto Madryn
Hotels in
Puerto Madryn
Restaurants in Puerto Madryn
Useful Information in Puerto Madryn
Puerto Madryn Destinations
- Rawson
- Peninsula Valdés
- Gaimán
- Trelew
- Dolavon


LUGARES 38
LUGARES 47
LUGARES 82
LUGARES 97


ISO 9001 : 2000
CERTIFIED
Travel Consulting, Tourist Operation Management
&
Electronic Air Tickets Distribution






TOURS IN
PATAGONIA
HOTEL IN PATAGONIA



OUR TRAVEL AND TOURISM SITES
IN LATIN AMERICA
ARGENTINA Travel
& Tours
CHILE
Travel & Tours
PERU Travel
& Tours
ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS
Travel & Tours
BOLIVIA
Travel & Tours
MEXICO
Travel & Tours
BRAZIL
Travel & Tours
COSTA RICA
Travel & Tours




PATAGONIA TRAVEL & TOURS
Operated by Latin America Travel & Tours

Av. Pte. Roque Saenz Peña 615 4º Of. 416 - Buenos Aires - Argentina

TOLL FREE numbers: USA: 1-800-790-2961  

Terms and Conditions | Contact Webmasters | Site Map

Resources

Patagonia Links Directory

Last Update:  © ENJOY CORPORATION S.A. All Rights Reserved.
PATAGONIA TRAVEL & TOURS