Whale Tails & Tyre Tracks

3-day Patagonia Peninsula Valdes wildlife trip

Prices from £265 pp

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Duration3 days / 2 nights (flexible)

LocationTrelew - Puerto Piramides / Peninsula Valdes - Trelew

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Drive across a rugged wilderness packed with wildlife, spot killer whales by zodiac boat and visit huge penguin colonies at the foot of crumbly cliffs. Argentina’s Peninsula Valdes is overrun by animal life, from ostrich-like nandoos darting across the plains to humpbacks breaching in the waves. This is a really wild road trip along an isthmus jutting out from the northern coastline of Patagonia, where huge seal colonies occupy the craggy coves and endangered Southern Right whales patrol the Atlantic. The richness of the wildlife is simply staggering and seeing it on your own four wheels doubles up the adventure.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Car Hire

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Arrival - Peninsula Valdes

Your hire car will be ready for you on arrival at Trelew airport, so you’ll begin your trip straight away, crossing the Patagonian plains to the Peninsula Valdes. In total, the drive will take around three hours and you’ll pass the traveller hub of Puerto Madryn along the way. From the park entrance, you’ll follow the road to Puerto Piramides, a tiny village with a couple of makeshift houses and hostels. You’ll stay in a small hosteria in Puerto Piramides with a cosy restaurant and views across the Atlantic Ocean.

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Peninsula Valdes

If there are whales in the area, you’ll hop onto the zodiac at Puerto Piramides early in the morning, far before the bigger tourist boats from Puerto Madryn arrive. The guides use special sensors to trace the humpbacks so hopefully you’ll be in luck. From the zodi-ac, you can watch the whales breach the surface, swim under your boat and flap their giant tails on the water. It’s something quite spectacular. Back on dry land, you can pick up the car and spend the rest of the day driving around the peninsula.

Peninsula Valdes

Maras and nandoos aside, the main attraction here are the huge colonies of elephant seals and penguins. At Punta Delgado, you can see hundreds of elephant seals basking in the sun. From here, continue north to Punta Norte, home to ever-playful seals who will happily give you an acrobatic show. On the way back to Puerto Piramides, you’ll pass a number of penguin colonies. The penguins aren’t shy and you can walk up to them and get so close you can almost touch them.

Seals lying on top of rocks

Peninsula Valdes - departure

In the morning, you can take it easy until it’s time to make your way back to Trelew air-port. The drive takes around 2 ½ hours, so be sure to leave on time. At the airport you’ll return your hire car and say goodbye to the Peninsula Valdes. If you’re planning on dolphin spotting (January – March) or visiting the huge penguin colonies at Punta Tombo (late September – March) we recommend booking an extra night in Puerto Madryn.

Peninsula Valdes - departure
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