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Peninsular Valdes Travel Guide


Peninsular Valdes on Argentina’s wild Patagonian coast is a protected nature reserve, a UNESCO world heritage site and is up there as one of the continent’s best places for watching wildlife. In season the main attraction are the Southern Right Whales that come to breed just offshore. You can also expect to see orcas, sea lions, magellanic penguins, guanacos, elephant seals and numerous birdlife. The surrounding area of the Eastern Chubut province has a fascinating history of human settlement and is home to a couple of Welsh villages where you can visit a traditional tea house.

Most visitors travel to Peninsular Valdes to see the migrating whales, but this intriguing area of coastal Patagonia with its collection of Welsh communities has a lot to offer the curious traveler

Best months to visit Peninsular Valdes

Peninsular Valdes can be visited all year round although most visitors come between mid May and December which is the whale watching season. Earlier in the season (May – September) the whales can be seen from Puerto Madryn and Playa Doradillo and later in the season (October – December) they move north and are better seen from Puerto Piramides. January and February is still high season but the whales have moved on by then.

Our hand-picked hotels in Peninsular Valdes

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truely exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Below are a few of our favourite hotels in Peninsular Valdes.

Best reasons to visit Peninsular Valdes

Peninsular Valdes is one of Argentina’s best spots for wildlife, but also for exploring the unique Welsh villages. Here are our unmissable highlights and best reasons to visit.

Look for rheas, elephant seals, penguins & more at Peninsular Valdes

Visit a tea house in the traditional Welsh villages of Gaiman and Dolavon

Go to Puerto Piramides for whale watching July to mid-December

The Magellanic penguin colony at Punta Tombo September till March

Get up close to elephant seals and other wildlife on the El Pedral Safari

Weather Averages for Peninsular Valdes

Other destinations in Argentina

Travel further south to El Chalten and El Calafate for awesome landscapes and glaciers or visit a traditional estancia in Cordoba and the Central Sierras. To explore more of Argentina using our essential guides just click the links below.

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