Peninsula Valdes

Peninsula Valdes is a World Heritage Site and one of South America’s finest wildlife viewing regions and this unusually shaped spit of land that sticks out into the deep waters of the South Atlantic ocean is home to a huge variety of marine and land-based wildlife, but the principal attraction are the Killer whales that are renowned for their extraordinary beach assaults in search of prey (December to April) and Southern Wright whales that come to breed in the warmer and more protected waters around the peninsula from around July to mid-December.

Why visit Peninsula Valdes ?

• See the Orcas as they hunt frolicking sea lions right by the beach
• Hike around Peninsula Valdes’s spectacular cliff-lined coastline
• Learn from the naturalists about the diverse flora & fauna
• Watch the male Elephant seals fight for beach dominance
• Enjoy the hijinks of the Magellanic penguins at Punta Tombo

Other highlights include the magellanic penguins, sea lions, elephant seals, Commerson’s dolphin, guanacos, rheas and a wide variety of other bird species.

It was at the height of the wool boom in the early 18th Century that sheep were brought over to Patagonia from the Falkland Islands and they prospered here. This resulted in the clearing of the indigenous peoples and the setting up of vast private estancias (farms) by settlers from around the world, but in particular from Wales, and the Welsh speaking communities such as in Trelew and Puerto Madryn are still thriving today.

LOCATION

ARGENTINA KEY INFO

Visa

No visa is required for UK passport holders.

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations are required.

Time Difference

GMT -3 Hours

Flight Time

13.5 hours Direct

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