Peninsula Valdés is the most important geographical feature of the Argentine coast. It is located in the northern stretch of the coast of Patagonia, in the province of Chubut.
The peninsula is made up of two gulfs: San José Gulf and Nuevo Gulf. At the heart of San José Gulf lies the Los Pájaros Island, home to all species of southern birds. At low tide you can reach the island, walking on the uncovered beach bed and in presence of algae. The Nuevo Gulf is, however, a special place for diving due to its deep and quiet waters. In the center of this gulf is the city of Puerto Madryn, port and tourist center of the province.
On the east coast of the peninsula is Caleta Valdés, that in union with Punta Norte, are large settlements of sea elephants.
In 1999, Peninsula Valdés was declared a Natural Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO because the species that live there are, in many cases, endangered. For this reason, entering the Protected Area has a cost according to age and place of origin of tourists.
Between June and December, the peninsula receives special visits. To Puerto Pirámides, located within the Peninsula Valdés, reach more than 1000 specimen of the Southern Right Whale. It is the most densely populated site of this species and it can be seen through tours by boat or by diving.
You can get to Puerto Pirámides by direct transport service which is offered in Puerto Madryn, from Tuesdays to Sundays departing at 9:55 and return at 18 hours. It can also be accessed by car on National Route 3 to the junction with Provincial Route 2 and from there directly to the resort village.
What to see? The date of the year determines the species present. The following schedule summarizes the situation.
The tradition invites you to explore the immense beaches of the Peninsula Valdés on horseback. But you can also mountain biking, sandboarding, kayaking, sailing and observation and interpretation hiking of the species that inhabit the peninsula.
In both Peninsula Valdés and Puerto Pirámides exists a varied service hotel and guided activities prepared to explore every corner of the site.