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Antarctica humpback whales wildlife spotting

Seals, Whales and Penguins

Bite-sized trip

  • Itinerary:
    Trelew - Puerto Madryn - Peninsula Valdes - Puerto Madryn - Trelew
  • Duration:
    3 days / 2 nights (flexible)
  • Price:
    from £365 per person (excluding flights)
Explore this UNESCO World Heritage peninsula packed with penguins, seals, dolphins and humpback whales. The Peninsula Valdes is Argentina’s wild side, jutting out over the northern coast of Patagonia. If you’re passionate about wildlife, this is the place for you. One of South America’s finest nature reserves, it’s a coastline crammed with huge wildlife colonies. During you’ll stay, you’ll hop in a small boat to for a close-up wildlife encounter, keeping your eyes peeled for whole pods of humpback whales.
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Day 1 – Trelew arrival – Puerto Madryn

When you arrive at the airport in Trelew, you’ll take the handy shuttle bus to Puerto Madryn, the base for your Peninsula Valdes tour. Here, you’ll be staying in a comfortable posada around ninety minutes from the Peninsula itself and a 20-minute walk into town.

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Day 2 – Puerto Madryn, wildlife tour to Peninsula Valdes

Today, you’ll be collected after breakfast for your trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Peninsula Valdés, located on the Atlantic coast of northern Patagonia. On the way you’ll stop at the visitor centre to learn all about the flora and fauna on the peninsula. When you arrive at Puerto Piramides, the only settlement on the peninsula, you can book a whale watching tour locally (approx. $70).

If there are no whale sightings at Puerto Piramides, you’ll drive on to Punta Delgada to see hundreds of sea lions basking in the sun. Next, you’ll swing by the elephant seal colonies with their odd trunk-like noses. This is also the spot where killer whales occasionally swim right up to the shore to grab young seal pups. On the way back, you’ll visit a penguin colony and then, around 7pm, you’ll be dropped back at your posada in Puerto Madryn.

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Day 3 – Departure from Peninsula Valdes

After breakfast, you can relax or wander around Puerto Madryn before being transferred to the bus station or Trelew airport to continue your Argentina adventure.

Fancy something even more adventurous? Why not switch to our Whale Tails & Tyre Tracks self-drive trip…

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Seals, Whales and Penguins

For this bite-sized trip we offer the following options

Argentina Puerto Madryn accommodation garden
Argentina Puerto Madryn accommodation bedroom
Argentina Puerto Madryn accommodation pool
Argentina Puerto Madryn accommodation living area
Argentina Puerto Madryn accommodation bedroom

Upgrade to our In Style accommodation

  • Price:
    From £395 per person (excluding flights)
  • Included:
    In Style accommodation, excursions, transport and meals as described above

For this bite-sized trip we have an alternative option available for your accommodation. Our In-Style version is something a bit more special or unique but still with lots of local flavour! If you would like to upgrade your accommodation for this bite-size trip select our In Style option below.

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This bite-sized trip can be combined well with

Argentina Bariloche tourists having drinks
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The Seven Lakes of the Andes – Bariloche

  • Bariloche
  • 3 days / 2 nights (flexible)
  • from £285 per person (excluding flights)
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Argentina Calafate tourist couple posing
Bite-sized trip

Sailing amongst the Glaciers

  • El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier - El Calafate
  • 4 days / 3 nights (flexible)
  • from £609 per person (excluding flights)
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