Peninsula Valdes

Peninsula Valdes Tour from Puerto Madryn (Caleta Valdés, Punta Norte)
Price: $149.00
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 5 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
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.
Restrictions 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.

Peninsula Valdes

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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5 Stars4.8 / 5  |  10 ReviewsReview This Tour
Amazing tour with Fabian
February 02, 2020
This tour was amazing. We were just with one other couple and our guide Fabian. We saw so many animals along our drive to the penguin rookery and seeing the seals and sea lions. Thanks to Fabian we also saw some Burrow owls and a tiny little animal like a tailless squirrel (can’t remember the name). The road was very rough so if you have back troubles may not be a good option, otherwise it was great and the fact that it was a private tour was really wonderful.
Reviewer: Kathryn Perret-Gentil
5 Stars
Long day of driving on bumpy roads
January 28, 2020
Very interesting tour with wonderful guide. This tour is at least 5 hours of driving over horrible bumpy roads. When you do get out, the scenery is beautiful and wildlife is plentiful.
Reviewer: P somers
3 Stars
Lots of wildlife
December 29, 2019
Although there's a lot of driving to the various stops, we saw a lot of wildlife on this tour: baby owls, llamas, armadillos and penguins up close -- and elephant seals and sea lions at a distance. Our tour van was in good shape and our hosts were nice, but their English was hard to follow and there wasn't a great deal of commentary.
Reviewer: Dempsey A
5 Stars
Unforgettable Patagonia
May 17, 2019
We took this tour in a mini-bus (18-20 persons) which was clean and in good condition. Our guide spoke excellent English and our very professional driver made every effort to provide a smooth ride over rough roads and to stop at every opportunity to view wildlife. This is a full day tour but most of it is travel to and from the peninsula, with short stops for bathroom breaks and to keep to the schedule. We did see Guanacos, Rheas, Armadillo, a burrow-dwelling Owl, Magellanic Penguins, Sea lions and Elephant Seals. You definitely get a feel for the very harsh, dry and inhospitable land that is this part of Patagonia. A box lunch (ham & cheese sandwich, granola bar, cookie and water) was provided. There is some walking, stair climbing, and rough terrain so this tour is probably not advisable for those with mobility concerns but over-all a very worthwhile excursion.
Reviewer: Beverley Allen
5 Stars
Valdes, semi private
March 12, 2019
Great guide who stopped whenever we asked for picture opportunities . Saw a lot of wildlife including rhea and Mara which are less common. A lot of driving but well worth it.
Reviewer: Sid sapakie
5 Stars
Great excursion
February 16, 2019
Viktor was very knowledgeable and approachable and made the whole trip one to remember
Reviewer: Charles Schmidt
5 Stars