View along Beach, Peninsula Valdes, Argentina

Peninsula Valdes

Why visit Peninsula Valdes

Peninsula Valdes is a haven for wildlife, providing sanctuary to numerous marine mammals and a wide variety of bird species. Most notable are the endangered southern right whales and Magellanic penguins that come to breed here. Joined to Patagonia by only a narrow isthmus, it is a peninsula of rocky outcrops, windswept beaches and sheltered bays.

About Peninsula Valdes

Recognised as a site of global significance for wildlife conservation, Peninsula Valdes was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Southern right whales arrive to breed in its protected waters between Golfo Nuevo and Golfo San Jose from June to mid-December, while between September and January Magellanic penguins, elephant seals, sea lions and almost 200 bird species including cormorants, terns and albatrosses arrive to reclaim their breeding grounds. Meanwhile, the interior of the peninsula is home to guanacos, maras and rheas. Distances are large and roads variable but exploration is always worthwhile - for this area's sheer variety. For instance, Chubut Valley, which nestles on the mainland steppe, is home to a 19th century Welsh settlement where cream teas are sold and Welsh songs sung.

  • Take a boat trip to experience at close hand the whales in the bay
  • Chatter with the numerous penguins at Punta Tombo
  • Visit the annual Eistedifod (Welsh Festival of Arts) in October
  • Horse ride the arid coastline watching for guanacos, rheas, armadillos and Patagonian hares
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