Puerto Madryn

Puerto Madryn is a city in the province of Chubut and has about 58,000 inhabitants. The town was founded on 28 July 1865. Puerto Madryn is protected by the Golfo Nuevo, which is formed by Península Valdés and Punta Ninfas. It is an important centre for tourists visiting the natural attractions of the Península Valdés and the coast.The Valdes Peninsula is a peninsula along the Atlantic coast. Its size is about 3,625 km2. (The nearest large town is Puerto Madryn). It is an important nature reserve which was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. The coastline is inhabited by marine mammals, like sea lions, elephant seals and fur seals. Southern right whales can be found in Golfo Nuevo and Golfo San José, protected bodies of water located between the peninsula and the Patagonian mainland. These baleen whales come here between May and December, for mating and giving birth, because the water in the gulf is quieter and warmer than in the open sea. Orcas can be found off the coast, in the open sea off the peninsula. In this area, they are known to beach themselves on shore to capture sea lions and elephant seals. The inner part of the peninsula is inhabited by rheas, guanacos and maras. A high diversity and range of birds live in the peninsula as well; at least 181 bird species, 66 of which migratory, live in the area, including the Antarctic Pigeon.

Puerto Madryn

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When to go: Best time is July-December, when you can do whale watching boat excursions (highly recomended) and when days are longer. Although Patagonia’s weather is unpredictable, summer is characterized by sunny days and cool nights.

Distance: Puerto Madryn is 1305 km. from Buenos Aires, approximately 14 hours by road or 2 hours flight (to Trelew airport) + 1 hour by road to Pto. Madryn.

FD PENINSULA VALDÉS

We start Early in the morning towards Peninsula Valdes Provincial Reserve. After a one hour drive we will arrive at Puerto Piramides, where we will go on a boat trip (optional) to see whales from June to December and sea lions and cormorants from January to March. After this we head to Faro Punta Delgada Hotel & Restaurante to arrive near lunch time (**Please check the minimum consumption amount**). There we will also have the opportunity to go down the beach and walk close to the sea elephants. After that, we continue to Punta Cantor along the eastern coastline of the peninsula and we get to Caleta Valdés (Valdés Inlet). We are shown geological formations there and then we go back to the Ameghino Isthmus, with its interesting interpretation centre.  On the way we have good chances of coming across wild land fauna such as guanacos, rheas, foxes, maras (Patagonian hare), armadillos, skunks, etc.  Finally, we return to the city of Puerto Madryn at sunset.

• Main Attractions: Whale watching, Lamb Barbecue, Elephant Seals, Fauna.

• Season: All year round.

• Estimated duration: 10 hours.

• Journey: 400 Km approx. (half of it on paved roads)

FD PENINSULA VALDÉS WITH SAN LORENZO

We start early in the morning towards Peninsula Valdes Provincial Reserve. After a one hour drive we will arrive at Puerto Piramides, where we will go on a boat trip (optional) to see whales from June to December and sea lions and cormorants from January to March. After this, we head to Estancia San Lorenzo, a traditional sheep farm of the area, where apart from being offered typical lamb on a spit, will visit the Magellan penguin reserve situated 7km far from the farm-house. We will visit Punta Norte Reserve, where, from December we will see Sea lions and eventually Orcas. From here our next stop will be Punta Cantor to watch elephant Seals and the eastern coast of Peninsula Valdes and its remarkable features. On our way back to Puerto Madryn, we will stop at the Carlos Ameghino Isthmus interpretation center.  Finally we return to Puerto Madryn at sunset. 

• Main Attractions: Whale Watching, Lamb Barbecue, Visit to Penguin Reserve, Fauna.

• Season: From mid-September to mid-April.

• Estimated duration: 12 hours.

• Journey: 420 Km approx. (half of it on paved roads).

FD PUNTA TOMBO

We set out early in the morning to Punta Tombo Provincial Reserve. After about an hour and fifty -minute drive along Patagonian roads, we arrive at the colony. We will stay at the reserve for no less than two hours and a half in order to walk along the paths and also visit the Punta Tombo Interpretative Centre. Lunch at the cafeteria/restaurant will be paid by the visitor who will also be allowed to use the center other facilities: toilets and paths to interpret the Patagonian winds. In the evening, on our way back to Puerto Madryn, if there is time, we will be able to arrange a visit to the Paleontology Museum in Trelew (optional). A stop at Trelew Airport -when going to or coming back from Punta Tombo -in order to leave or pick up passengers participating in the tour, might be included.

• Main Attractions: Penguin Colony Provincial Reserve, land fauna.

• Estimated duration: 8 hours

• Journey: 400 km approx. (350 on paved roads)

• Season: From mid-September to mid-April

HD PUNTA LOMA

Our 4wd vehicles will pick you up at your hotel to set out the road towards Cerro Avanzado. During the journey we will drive along country paths, sand dunes and cliffs. On the road we will visit a Sea Lion Colony at Punta Loma, interpreting cliffs and marine fossils that constitute an invaluable paleontology treasure.

• Main Attractions: Sea Lions, Cliffs & Fossils, 4wd Adventure.

• Season: All year round.

• Estimated duration: 3 hours.

• Journey: 40 Km approx.