- Nature viewing, Punta Tombo Penguin Colony, Peninsula Valdes, seasonal whale watching.
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.
- Nature ViewingIncludes intentional opportunity to observe flora or fauna with an experienced guide.
Our extension begins with a flight south to Trelew. From here we continue our 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, we drive back north to Trelew to visit the historic buildings of this former Welsh colony. We 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).
Your lodge this evening is the charming and cozy Estancia Rincon Chico, located within the Peninsula. The eight rooms are simply and tastefully decorated, with down comforters to lull you to sleep!
Day 3 Continue to your next destination! (B)
You may decide to spend a free day in this amazing region, or return to the Trelew airport for your flight home.
Extend your stay an additional night! If flying from anywhere other than Buenos Aires, an extra night hotel in Puerto Madryn will be required. Contact us for details and for internal flight costs.