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Peninsula Valdes

Price: $139.00
Tour operates from September to April.
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Penguins, elephant seals, sea lions, oh my!

The Valdes Peninsula is an important nature reserve that was first listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. After passing the El Desempeo checkpoint, the tour arrives at the Carlos Ameghino Interpretation Center at the Isthmus Ameghino, 40 miles away from Puerto Madryn.

The center has an excellent collection of and information about historical events that took place here, the ecosystems of the area, and the regional flora and fauna.

The excursion continues on gravel roads heading to Caleta Valds, where you can see the southern elephant seals, considered to be the world's largest seals. There are different hiking paths and several levels of balconies where you can position yourself to enjoy the landscape and the animals to the very fullest. You will be provided lunch here, and there may be an opportunity to see penguins nesting on a cliff nearby (time permitting, please note that they can only be observed through a fence).

At Caleta Valds and Punta Norte, you may be fortunate enough to watch orcas hunting for sea lions or seal pups on the shore, with a unique technique they developed by stranding themselves on the beach.

On the return trip, typical terrestrial fauna species that inhabit the region (guanacos, maras, choiques, foxes, armadillos, etc.) can be observed, as well as the salt flats - the most important depressions of South America. There may also be a short visit to a Sea Lion reserve (time permitting).

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Shore Excursion Size
Small
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
5 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level
Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
A ham and cheese sandwich, two Argentinian alfajores (cookies), one granola bar and a bottle of water are included.
Dress
We recommend dressing in layers and sensible walking / hiking shoes. We also suggest a windbreaker, cap or hat, and sunglasses.
Restrictions
Guests must be able to walk over paved, plank, gravel and hard packed dirt. There are more than 30 steps down to reach the beach area.
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5 StarsLoved this dayApril 04, 2016

Reviewer: Maz
We had a great day with our guide. We saw lots of wildlife during our trip. We were hoping to see Elephant seals and unfortunately most had departed for Antarctica but we did manage to see some females on the beach. It was a lovely day seeing the local scenery of the peninsula.

5 StarsA Long Tour, but worth itFebruary 20, 2013

Reviewer: Lush-ous Wingnut
We disembarked to find the tour had not been organised, but within 15mins, an excellent guide was organised & we began our own private tour. It was a long journey, but well worth the effort. The guide was a biologist who spoke excellent English, which meant we received a lot of great information.

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