Panorama, Meal included
A day dedicated to the fauna of this fascinating land. Recharge your camera batteries, because we will see so many colonies of elephant seals, penguins, sea lions and other magnificent animals that we will want to capture each precious second of this excursion. We will crown an extraordinary experience with a delicious lunch.
What we will see
- Valdes Peninsula, Ameghino Isthmus, visitor centre
- Caleta Valdés, marine mammals, penguins
- Puerto Pirámides, sea lion colony
What we will do
- We head north by coach and after 70 kilometres we cross the Ameghino isthmus, a thin long and 35 km wide strip of land, just 7 km wide at its narrowest point.
- The isthmus is the access point to the Valdés Peninsula, one of the loveliest and least spoilt wildlife reserves in South America, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999. Much of the peninsula consists of barren land with a few salt lakes, the largest of which is at an altitude of 40 metres below sea level and was until recently considered the lowest point in Argentina and the entire continent.
- Our first stop is the visitors centre at the entrance of the reserve, which informs us about the flora, fauna, geography and history of the region.
- Continuing down the east coast, we head to Caleta Valdés, a protected bay, sheltered from the wind, where elephant seals live for a few months of the year (August to April). In addition to these animals, here we also have the opportunity to admire and photograph llamas, Patagonian marabou, sea lions, killer whales and a colony of Magellanic penguins.
- The last stop before we return is Puerto Pirámides, the only town in this peninsula on the Nuevo Gulf coast. Here we have an hour free to admire a colony of sea lions.
- After having feasted our eyes and minds on the great beauty of the peninsula we round off this extraordinary experience with a delicious lunch.
What you need to know
- Space is limited, so be sure to book early.
- It is best to wear light clothing and comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots.
- Don't forget a hat and sun cream.
- As this is a nature reserve, the presence of animals depends on the season and weather conditions.
- The roads of the peninsula are untarmacked.
- The excursion is not recommended for guests with mobility problems.
- Flash photography is not allowed in the areas where the animals live.