Discover the Atlantic coast of Patagonia !

The South Atlantic coast of Patagonia is composed of a few urban areas such as Puerto Madryn, Comodoro Rivadavia, Rawson, Rio Gallegos and Rio Grande. These are primarily fishing and trade ports. Swept by violent winds from the West, the South Atlantic Patagonian coast has been nicknamed “The Roaring Forties” and “The Furious Screaming” by sailors and navigators. The sea is often calm but the winds are violent and sudden. The coast displays varied and remarkable landscapes like the Valdés Peninsula, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site, one of the most important whale watching sites on Earth. Wilderness flourishes in this protected area, a paradise for animals’ lovers– come watch the numerous dolphins, Commerson’s dolphins, penguins, elephant seals, numerous bird species…

Observation periods

  • Whales: June through December. Recommended months: July, August and September.
  • Killer whales: all year round. Major probability: in March-April in Punta Norte; in Caleta Valdés in September; on Peninsula Valdés in April.
  • Toninas: from July to March.
  • Sea lions : all year round. Breeding season: December – April.
  • Elephant seals: all year round. Recommended months: September – October. From November to April elephants are inactive. April to August is the moulting period.
  • Penguins: September to March.
  • Seabirds: spring (September – October) and austral summer (November to March).
  • Land birds : all year round.
  • Guanacos : all year round.
  • Maras: all year round. Recommended months: September – February
  • Grey and colored fox: all year round. Recommendation: Southern Hemisphere summer (November to March)


Prepare your next trip to Atlantic Patagonia !