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Whale watching on Peninsula Valdes

Peninsula Valdes Self-Drive

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Encounter unique Welsh heritage and observe the diverse wildlife found in the Peninsula Valdes Wildlife Reserve with the flexibility of your own schedule. See elephant seals, Magellanic penguins, fox, guanaco and numerous birds during your stay. In the right season, you may add in whale watching or scuba diving to tailor this short extension to your preferences. A great wildlife experience perfect for adding on to a Patagonia tour.
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Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Arrive Trelew, Punta Tombo Penguin Colony

Arrive to Trelew this morning where you are met and transfer to the local rental car office to pick up your vehicle. After a directions briefing at the car rental desk, continue on your journey driving through the sweeping Patagonia plains - keep your eyes out for herds of guanacos! Seventy miles south of Trelew arrive to 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, drive back north towards Trelew and arrive to the nearby beach town of Puerto Madryn where you settle into your hotel for the evening.

Total Drive: 280km

Day 2: Punta Delgada Whale Watching

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. If you are visiting during the right season, we recommend to schedule a whale watching boat excursion in advance for this day.

Drive yourself today to your accommodation out on the peninsula, Faro Punta Delgada, where you will have the opportunity to explore and spot wildlife.

Total Drive: 170km

Day 3: Peninsula Valdes Wildlife Reserve

Enjoy a free day in the reserve. You can explore the region by hiking, horseback, biking, or in 4x4 vehicle. The nearby lighthouse is an interesting attraction, and a stroll along the coastline is recommended to spot elephant seals. You may also arrange a wildlife viewing excursion or dive trip in the nearby Puerto Pirámides. The choices are up to you. Transfer back to Puerto Madryn this evening.

Day 4: Return Home

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Punta Delgada

Stay in the spacious and comfortable rooms.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast in the dining are.
Enjoy an abundance of dining choices.

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  • 3 Breakfasts
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Fly & Drive Kit with road maps and tourist information
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  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Car Rental: Rate varies, and includes unlimited km, taxes and basic insurance (deductibles apply) for third party damage. Additional insurance is recommended. Fuel excluded.
  • Entrance Fee: Peninsula Valdes National Park 
  • Entrance Fee: Punta Tombo Reserve
  • No Guide Service for Self Drive

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Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.

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