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Magellanic Penguin, Peninsula Valdes, Patagonia, Argentina

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 by 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.

Whale Peninsula, Valdes, Argentina
Valdes, Argentina

A little more 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.


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Try Ranching

Lend a hand with livestock on a family-run ranch to experience the lifestyle of the local communities.

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Travel to Chubut Valley

Visit the remarkable valley that is home to a 19th century Welsh settlement, where cream teas are served and Welsh songs sung.

Wildlife Adventures

Take a boat trip to search for penguins, whales elephant seals and sea lions, or hike on off-the-beaten-track wildlife trails in search of guanacos and rheas.

Coastal Horse Riding

Ride on wild-looking horses across the arid coastline, watching for guanacos, rheas, armadillos and Patagonian hares.

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Estancia Rincon Chico, Peninsula Valdes, Patagonia, Argentina
Estancia Rincon Chico, Peninsula Valdes, Patagonia, Argentina

Estancia Rincon Chico

The most significant marine mammal sanctuary in the world, Estancia Rincon Chico is an exclusive and utterly isolated wildlife-centric hideaway that sits within a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve.

One of the most biodiverse marine environments on the planet, the property is flanked on one side by the Patagonia Sea, with its resident populations of orca whales, elephant seals and penguins, and on the other by the steppe and its native terrestrial mammals. Whether by boat, 4×4, horseback or foot, guests of the estancia can discover this last frontier of wilderness in an authentic and memorable way.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Bird

Paul has visited Argentina several times, taking in everything from the mighty Iguazu Falls to the dazzling Perito Merino Glacier. According to him, any country that boasts one of Earth’s most dramatic waterfalls, magnificent salt flats, exquisite wines and a vibrant capital is more than worth a visit.

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James Armitage

This epic country offers extraordinary landscapes, from the flat Pampas to rugged Patagonia and the lofty Andes. One of James’s recommendations is to head to the north-west of the nation to experience the very different Andean culture based around Salta.

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Thanks to James for planning this trip of a lifetime through Argentina, a place we have always wanted to see. We were able to visit everywhere from Patagonia in the south to the Iguazu Falls in the north, and all with very little effort on our part.

Destination: Argentina
Travel Expert: James

Paul listened carefully to what we wanted from our travels in Argentina and put together a really special itinerary that was perfectly tailored to us.

Destination: Argentina
Travel Expert: Paul

Paul did everything from making dinner reservations in Buenos Aires to booking specific rooms in the Lake District that he knew would give us the best view.

Destination: Argentina
Travel Expert: Paul

What a fantastic trip to Argentina, Chile and Brazil superbly organised by James.

Destination: Argentina, Chile & Brazil
Travel Expert: James

I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to you and your team for looking after us so well! Who could have foreseen electric storms (according to the locals in Buenos Aires – the worst in 10 years!) and the civil unrest in Chile.  You couldn’t have looked after us better if you had been on the spot! We had an AWESOME adventure – your advice and suggestions were bang on the nail every time. Each hotel was better than the next and the cruise was FANTASTIC, the scenery throughout the trip was amazing!

Destination: Argentina & Chile
Travel Expert: Paul

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