What to See

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With the big blue ocean, the beaches, the cities, the cultural and historical influences, the sand dunes, the wildlife and everything else that you will find at Peninsula Valdes it is difficult to sum up exactly what you can see… But here are just a few ideas.

Puerto Madryn

Puerto Madryn is THE town of Peninsula Valdes and is considered the go to spot for shopping, dining, business, night-life, or any other sort of city comfort. The town is made up of approximately 60,000 inhabitants and is said to be one of the fastest growing towns in Patagonia. It is lined with beautiful beaches and the Golfo Nuevo in the background where locals and tourists alike come together to take advantage of the beautiful location.

A nice beach in Puerto MadrynAs your eye follows the board walk south, you will see where the town comes to an end. This point is a popular gathering ground for those looking to relax and admire the whales performing in the sea beyond. Just a few steps beyond you will arrive at El Ecocentro. There’ll gain a whole new perspective on the whales, sea lions, penguins, seals, and other such animals. The Ecocenter is not only a beautiful building and observation point, but also an educational and cultural foundation dedicated to the preservation of the animals, land, and sea. It is a must-see destination within the city.

Puerto Piramedes

A panoramic view of Puerto PiramidesThe gateway to the Whales. Although most whale-watching tours begin their day in Puerto Madryn, the real action takes place just 104 km away, right off the shores of Puerto Piramides. This small town is a peaceful retreat into Mother Nature’s creations. It sits within the UNESCO sanctioned reserve and therefore an entrance fee must first be paid to access this small village. Prices are as follows: foreigners $35 peso, those living in the Chubut province $1 peso, and Argentineans from other parts of the country $10 pesos. Here you will experience intimate encounters with some of nature’s most exciting marine wildlife.

Punta Tombo

Penguins at Punta Tombo!Just a bit further south you will arrive at Punta Tombo where people from all over the world retreat in search of a memorable day walking among the penguins. Punta Tombo is an important breeding ground for a large colony of Magellanic penguins. High penguin season runs from September to February, but if you arrive in the winter months you will be out of luck. These penguins prefer to stay in warmer climates and as the weather drops they follow their annual migratory path to Brazil.

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