Valdés Peninsula


4 Days – 3 Nights

Starts and ends in Puerto Madryn or Trelew


What our clients say!

On her 2011 private Iguazú and Salta birding tour

…”Just a quick mail to thank you so much for arranging our itineraries to Salta and Iguazu. We had a wonderful time and both Mario and Paula were absolutely great guides. Of course we spent much more time with Mario and the pace and focus of the trip was perfect… my daughters both enjoyed the birding that we did do and one has taken some amazing photos with her new camera in the humming bird garden.

Thank you for putting this trip together for us.”

Yvonne Pennington – South Africa

Yvonne Pennington






The eastern coast of Patagonia is a semi-arid steppe, outlined by the deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. In the heart of Argentine Patagonia, the Province of Chubut holds the most spectacular natural treasures of them all: The Valdés Peninsula. This unique wilderness area is home and breeding ground to a great diversity of marine mammals and birds, including Southern Right Whale, Southern Elephant Seal, Orca, Magellanic Penguin and Commerson’s Dolphin to name but a few.



Tour runs on request – Prices based on group size.

The eastern coast of Patagonia is a semi-arid steppe, outlined by the deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. In the heart of Argentine Patagonia, the Province of Chubut holds the most spectacular natural treasures of them all: The Valdés Peninsula. This unique wilderness area is home and breeding ground to a great diversity of marine mammals and birds, including Southern Right Whale, Southern Elephant Seal, Orca, Magellanic Penguin and Commerson’s Dolphin to name but a few.

The Atlantic coast of Patagonia is, by far, the area where the highest numbers and widest diversity of marine mammals can be found in southern South America. Images of Orcas taking sea lions from solitary gravel beaches at the Valdes Peninsula have been the substance of innumerable nature films made by the most prestigious international television networks. This area is home to the largest breeding population of Southern Right Whales on Earth. More than 800 individuals spend up to 9 months of the year in the pristine waters of this remote paradise… that does not even speak to the 32,000 Southern Elephant Seals, 8,000 Southern Sea Lions and huge numbers of several species of Dolphins and Porpoises who share this environment as well.

A diversity of land mammals inhabits this unique Peninsula too. Herds of Guanacos roam in the endless steppes of Patagonia, and being protected here, they are really abundant. The Maras, or Patagonian Cavies, are the largest rodents in Patagonia, and they live and reproduce inside the Valdés Peninsula. Their smaller cousin, the Patagonian Lesser Cavy, is frequently found taking the sun just outside the Magellanic Penguins’ burrows, where they find shelter. Two species of armadillos live here as well, and there are Grisons, Skunks, Wild Cats, and many other desert dwellers, all possibly seen during this tour.

Birds in this part of the world are really unique, since many of them are restricted to the Patagonian region, like for example White-headed Steamer-Duck, Rusty-backed Monjita, Band-tailed Earthcreeper, Patagonian Canastero and Carbonated Sierra-Finch among others. It is also here where the largest nesting colonies of Magellanic Penguins on earth can be found. Around one million penguins nest, raise their young and molt their feathers in northeastern Chubut every year between September and April. This is certainly a magic place, with several reserves for visitors to enjoy watching and photographing these amusing penguins right next to their feet.

Our Itinerary in a Nutshell

We will gather in Trelew or Puerto Madryn on day 1. Depending on tides, arrival time and on your arriving airport, our program for the rest of the day is to either take a boat tour to see Commerson’s Dolphin, visit a Southern Sea Lion colony of go watching Southern Right Whales from the shore. We will spend day 2 exploring south and central Valdés Peninsula. We will enjoy lunch at Punta Delgada, and then go visiting the Elephant Seal Colony in their private beach. From Punta Delgada we will return to Puerto Pirámides, where we hope to take an early evening boat tour to go watching Southern Right Whale. On day 3 we will return to the Valdés Peninsula and drive all the way to its north-easternmost point north to go visiting Punta Norte. Our goal here is to go visiting a Magellanic Penguin nesting colony. Around 50,000 penguins nest inside the Valdés, and this colony is one of the biggest in the area. Magellanic Penguins dig their own nesting burrows under bushes or in open areas not far from the shore. They get easily accustomed to the presence of humans in their breeding grounds and do not run away from the visitors, thus providing fantastic photo opportunities, with penguins standing right next to our feet! After visiting Punta Norte, we’ll return to Puerto Pirámides for lunch. The balance of the day is to be spend looking for wildlife in different areas. On day 4 we will drive to the local airport where the tour ends.


Some of the highlights

Southern Right Whale. Magellanic Penguin. Southern Elephant Seal. Commerson’s Dolphin. Argentine endemic birds. The Valdés Peninsula.


Best time to go

This tour is possible year round, but the itinerary above is only possible between mid September and mid December, since several animal species are migratory. If you are looking for specific birds and mammals, please e-mail us your preferences to get advise on best possible time of the year for you to go.


What is included?

Private transportation for all transfers and excursions. Accommodations on a twin/double basis. Single supplements on request. Full time Trogon Tours’ local guide. All breakfasts, lunches or box-lunches and dinners. No drinks included. Admission fees to all national parks and nature reserves.


What is not included?

International and domestic airfares and airport taxes. Tips to guides, drivers, hotel & restaurants personnel, etc. Drinks with your meals. Personal travel and medical insurance. Anything not specified in “What is included?”


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