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Peninsula Valdes

Price: $149.00
This 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
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
5 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level
Shore Excursion Leaves From
The Ship Pier. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
A ham and cheese sandwich, one Argentinian alfajor (cookies), one granola bar, and a bottle of water are included.
Recommended Dress
We recommend dressing in layers with sensible walking or hiking shoes. Guests should bring a windbreaker, a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
Guests must be able to walk over paved, wooden, gravel, and hard-packed dirt surfaces. There are more than 30 steps down to reach the beach area. Minimal walking of only a few yards over an accessible wooden boardwalk is required.
5 Stars5Based On 4 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsGreat time!March 08, 2018

Reviewer: Diane & Gene
We were picked up right off our ship and driven by our guide (just us in a small car with her) to the National Park. She was a former Park Ranger and knew the best places to look for wildlife. We saw ostriches, guanacos, snakes, quail, owls, cavy, seals, penguins, and many more. She shared so much good information. It was a very pleasant day!

5 StarsPersonal Guided Tour of Peninsula ValdesFebruary 21, 2018

Reviewer: E.S. Verona
We were delighted with the very personal attention and expertise of our guide, who for many years had served as a park ranger on the peninsula. She was able to point out wildlife that we would never have seen without her trained eye. We were privileged to have our guide to ourselves and felt sorry for those who took the large tour buses. This was a highlight of our cruise experience.

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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