WHY VISIT PENINSULA VALDES
An outlying hideaway for an assortment of marine mammals and bird species, Peninsula Valdes is a UNESCO recognised nature reserve on the Patagonian coast of Argentina that provides sanctuary to whales, sea lions and elephant seals amongst others.
A site of global significance, Peninsula Valdes is an important breeding site for endangered southern right whales, southern sea lions and southern elephant seals. Joined to Patagonia by only a narrow collar, it is a peninsula of rocky outcrops, windswept beaches and sheltered bays.
Interestingly, and of particular scientific interest, the orca whales that inhabit the ocean have developed an extraordinary hunting strategy to accommodate the coastal conditions.
ABOUT PENINSULA VALDES
While the coastline and ocean are inhabited by an array of Magellanic penguins, elephant seals, sea lions, whales and almost 200 bird species including cormorants, terns and albatrosses, the interior of the peninsula is home to a plethora of guanacos, maras and rheas. A large chunk of land with roads of variable condition, a journey to Peninsula Valdes is a truly exploratory experience.
WHAT CAN YOU DO IN PENINSULA VALDES?
- Visit the remarkable Chubut Valley, which nestles on the mainland steppe and is home to a 19th century Welsh settlement where cream teas are sold and Welsh songs sung
- Board a boat to view the whales in the bay up close
- Observe the chattering penguins at Punta Tombo
- Attend the annual Eistedifod (Welsh Festival of Arts) in October
- Ride on horseback across the arid coastline, watching for guanacos, rheas, armadillos and Patagonian hares