This three day extension from Buenos Aires is an active walking tour for those looking to get close to the wildlife. After a drive through the sweeping Patagonia plains embark on the winding trails of the teeming Punta Tombo penguin colony and spend a few hours watching these comical birds. Explore the famous Peninsula Valdes wildife reserve, an important natural habitat for numerous species. Have the opportunity to join seasonal whale watching excursions between June and mid-December to, with luck, spot one of the most rare whales in the world.
Day 1 : Punta Tombo Penguin Colony Day 2 : Peninsula Valdes Day 3 : Continue to your next destination!
Visit Punta Tombo Magellanic penguin colony
Explore Peninsula Valdes wildlife reserve, a World Heritage Site
Search for the southern right whale on an optional whale watching tour
Your extension begins with a flight to Trelew. From here you continue your journey, driving through the sweeping Patagonia plains - keep your eyes out for herds of guanacos! Seventy miles south of Trelew is our destination, the Punta Tombo penguin colony. Marked trails wind through the teeming colony where over half a million Magellanic penguins make their homes.
After spending a few hours watching these comical - and monogamous - birds, you'll drive back north to Trelew to visit the historic buildings of this former Welsh colony. Overnight in casual comfort this evening in the nearby beach town of Puerto Madryn.
Start the day by indulging in some freshly baked regional pastries and savoring a cup of coffee. Today you will have a full day to explore the famous Peninsula Valdes wildlife reserve, so you'll need the energy! The Peninsula Valdes, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999, provides important natural habitat for a number of species including sea lions, Patagonian foxes, armadillos, guanacos, Magellanic penguins, and numerous others.
The biggest attraction, however, is the population of southern right whales that comes here to breed between June and mid-December. After being hunted to near-extinction during the heyday of the whaling industry, the southern right is now one of the most rare whales in the world. You'll have the opportunity to join a whale-watching excursion, and with luck you'll witness the magnificent creatures swimming alongside your vessel (please note that this excursion has an additional charge).
Day 3 Continue to your next destination!
You may decide to spend a free day in this amazing region, or return to the Trelew airport for your flight home.
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When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.