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Whales and penguins of Valdes Peninsula

Discover the Valdes peninsula on the Atlantic coast of Argentina. Terra Argentina manages the rental car and the reservations when planning your trip. We organize everything to facilitate the preparation of your trip.



  • Day 1: Puerto Madryn - Puerto Pirámides
  • Day 2: Puerto Pirámides
  • Day 3: Puerto Pirámides - Punta Tombo - Puerto Madryn
  • Day 4: Puerto Madryn


Day 1: Puerto Madryn - Puerto Pirámides

Pick up your rental car, signing the rental agreement and administrative formalities.

Suggested itinerary:

During the morning, we suggest you discover the Valdés Peninsula, home to countless marine fauna. You will discover Birds´Island, on the Ameghino Isthmus and Puerto Pirámides, a seaside town located on the cliffs of the Peninsula. Between February and April, you can witness the Orcas approaching the beach and enjoy their sightseeing. In fact, they have developed a special hunting technique for the sea lion: taking in the high tide and the big waves, they swim violently towards the beach and manage to catch any resting or distracted sea lion. The next wave will help the Orca get back to the sea with its prey. Highly successful and impressive, this is a one of a kind technique, but also very risky. The young Orcas only have one try to understand the subtleness, if they fail they can get stuck on the beach and possibly die.

Suggested excursion (from June to mid-December):
From Puerto Pirámides, you embark to watch the Southern Right Whale. They are characterized by their smooth and slow movements, and being so curious, they get very close to the boats. Therefore it allows us to easily observe their skin covered by calluses. From time to time, they swim under the boats, releasing a particular sound and then they surprise us with their plunging. It is an unforgettable sight. If the weather is fair and luck is on your side, you will get to watch dolphins following the boat.

Suggested excursion (from mid-December to May):
The whales have migrated to the Southern Seas, but you have the chance of another sea excursion to the Loberia of Punta Pirámides, shelter to sea lions. From a viewing deck and according to the season, you will observe the different activities performed by this colony of sea lions: from the formation of harems, giving birth to breeding and so on. You will also visit a Cormorant colony and other sea and land birds and then head into a cave full of fossils.

Note: please remember to bring a waterproof and windbreaker jacket, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Night at the Del Nomade Eco Lodge Hotel ***
Included : car rental, insurance, room & breakfast

Day 2: Puerto Pirámides

Suggested itinerary:

Relax at Puerto Pirámides.

You can carry out a number of activities:

- Drive through typical landscape.

- Trekking: Puerto Pirámides offers cliffs of over 70 meters high, that are excellent viewing points for the marine fauna with discretion.

Note 1: please remember to bring a waterproof and windbreaker jacket, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Note 2: the proposed activities are free to do on the spot.

Night at the Del Nomade Eco Lodge Hotel ***
Included : car rental, insurance, room & breakfast

Day 3: Puerto Pirámides - Punta Tombo - Puerto Madryn

Suggested itinerary:

Excursion to Punta Tombo (125 km from Trelew, 2 hours by road). This is the most important continental penguin reserve in South America. Every year, between September and April, this reserve is home to half a million penguins.

Then you can visit the Paleontological Museum Egidio Feruglio, considered the most important in its type in Latin America. This museum, from the year 1999 shows pedagogically the birth of animal and plant life.

Distant only 19 km from Trelew, you can visit Gaiman, a small town of Welsh origins, where you can savour their excellent tea and the typical Welsh cake.
At the end of your day, you return to Puerto Madryn and reach your hotel.

Night at the hotel Solar de la Costa ***.
Included : car rental, insurance, room & breakfast

Day 4: Puerto Madryn

Drop off of rental car at Trelew Airport (53 km, 45 minute journey).
Included : car rental, insurance

Del Nomade Eco Lodge   Puerto Pirámides

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Set in an ecological building surrounded by a garden, Del Nomade Hosteria Ecologica offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and breakfast. It is located 300 m from Piramides Beach, where whale watching boats set sail. Decorated in soft pastel hues, rooms at Del Nomade Hosteria Ecologica feature private bathrooms and heating. Some of them have private terraces.

Hosteria Solar de la Costa   Puerto Madryn

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Located in front of Parador Las Dunas beach area, Hosteria Solar de la Costa offers free Wi-Fi and buffet breakfast in Puerto Madryn. BBQ facilities are provided and the city centre is 20 blocks away. The rooms in Solar de la Costa feature a private bathroom, flat-screen TV, fan, and air conditioning. Room service is provided. Laundry services can be arranged upon request and free Wi-Fi is available.

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