Home and migrating spot for a variety of birds and marine mammals, Peninsula Valdes is an animal lover’s paradise. Located off Argentina’s Atlantic Coast in the Chubut Province, this remote peninsula is a major nature reserve where visitors come to see high numbers of birds and animals eating, playing and procreating.
Along the coastline, whales, sea lions, penguins and seals can be viewed while the inland is home to more than 180 species of birds such as rheas and Antarctic pigeons and land animals such as guanacos, gray foxes and maras. In addition to seeing animals, visitors here can also enjoy activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, mountain biking and sandboarding. There are also boat rides available for whale watching.
The only settlements on the peninsula is the small village of Puerto Piramides and a few ranches. The village consists of two main roads, offering a market, souvenir shops, hotels, hostels and several good restaurants serving fresh seafood. There are also a few bars as well here to enjoy drinks, music and socializing.
It should be noted that Peninsula Valdes is privately owned and visitors are not allowed to explore on their own. All visits to the peninsula should be arranged with tour operators from the nearby city of Puerto Madryn. These operations include bus and boat tours.