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Peninsula de Valdes, whales & penguins

Collection of marine fauna, North Patagonia

4 Days - 3 nights


A trip to discover Peninsula Valdés and its incredible natural landscape. Enjoy watching whales, elephant seals, sea lions an pinguins. Feel the wonder of whale watching in Puerto Pirámides and seeing hundreds of thousands of penguins at the colony of Punta Tombo.


Places to visit: Puerto Madryn, Valdes Peninsula, Punta Tombo, Gaiman town, Rawson

Enjoy the magical experience to see the whales so near by. 

Enjoy the Valdes Peninsula while you look for sea elephants, sea lions and penguins in their natural environment. 

You can get stay so close with the whale and experience a wonderful feeling.

Approach the Southern whale by a small ship or by a semisubmersible boat. Be amazed to see how they swim under your ship and how they jump few meters away

Meet the Welsh customs and taste the typical tea with Welsh cake at Gaiman

Check our dinosaur ancestors at Egidio Feruglio Museum at Rawson city and visit the Ecocentro Visitors Center at Puerto Madryn city

Operates:  all year round. Recommended from late June to early April (check fauna calendar before planning)


Day 1: BUENOS AIRES – PUERTO MADRYN. Punta Tombo Magellan Penguin Reserve (September to April).
Day 2: PUERTO MADRYN. FD Excursion toPeninsula Valdes. Whale watching from mid June to early December.
Day 3: PUERTO MADRYN. Day at leisure.
Day 4: PUERTO MADRYN. Transfer to the airport to take flight to Buenos Aires.
Our itineraries are suggestions based in our knowledge and experience and were prepared in order to get the maximum enjoyment and use of the time. However it can be customized, as much or as little as you want to suit your own specific requirements.

Itineraty Details


Arrival at Trelew airport.
From the airport (*), excursion to Punta Tombo Magellan Penguin Reserve (Only available from September to April) the largest sanctuary in the Continent.
Punta Tombo is one of the most famous and visited sites in Argentina. Thousands of tourists gather here to be amazed at one of the most fascinating shows performed by nature: the Magellan penguin continental colony, where about two million Magellan penguins gather there from September to April in order to nest, mate, incubate their eggs and feed their offspring, presenting a show unique on the continent.
Afterward transfer to the hotel in Puerto Madryn city, base of this spectacular region for wildlife.
Overnight at the selected hotel.

(*) This tour will combine with your transfer in, so you should arrive al Trelew airport before 9 AM.


Full Day Excursion to Peninsula Valdes, you will see different fauna depending on the month of the visit, see details below.
We start early in the morning towards Peninsula Valdes Protected Natural Area. After one hour drive we will arrive at Puerto Piramides, where we will go on a regular boat trip (optional) to see whales from June to December and sea lions and cormorants from January to March. After this we head to Faro Punta Delgada Hotel & Restaurante (open from September to early March) to arrive near lunch time. There we will also have the opportunity to go down the beach and walk close to the sea elephants. After that, we continue to Punta Cantor along the eastern coastline of the peninsula and we get to Caleta Valdés (Valdés Inlet). We are shown geological formations there and then we go back to the Ameghino Isthmus, with its interesting interpretation centre. On the way we have good chances of coming across wild land fauna such as guanacos, rheas, foxes, maras (Patagonian hare), armadillos, skunks, etc. Finally, we return to the city of Puerto Madryn at sunset.

Optional: Whales watching sailing in Puerto Piramides (not included).


Day at leisure for optional activities available according to the month of the visit: dolphins watching, Whales watching from the Doradillo coast, 4x4 ride or kayaking among sea lions.


Transfer to the airport for your flight back home or continue with extensions.


Our itineraries are suggestions based in our knowledge and experience and were prepared in order to get the maximum enjoyment and use of the time. However it can be customized, as much or as little as you want to suit your own specific requirements.


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Important note:

Please take into account that the VAT tax 21%. According to tax regulations in regards to foreign visitors, is not included on the accommodation portion of your quote.
To skip the payment of the VAT tax, we need a copy of your passport before arriving to our country.

AIR TICKET - Flights needed for this itinerary

Buenos Aires / Trelew / Buenos Aires
Covitour can offer special rates on flights for this itinerary.

Included in the cost
  • Seat-in basis services with local English/Spanish speaking guide.
  • Punta Tombo Magaellan Penguin Reserve.
  • Full day to Valdes Peninsula tour.
  • All Transfers mentioned, to and from airports.
  • Daily breakfast and meals mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in the mentioned or similar hotels within the selected category with daily breakfast and tax (21%): 3 nights in Puerto Madryn.
  • VAT and local taxes.
Not Included in the cost
  • National Park Entrance Fees.
  • International or Domestic Flights.
  • Insurance (Covitour offers Travel insurance with special rates for this trip. Please just let us know if you are interested).
  • Tips to local guides and drivers.
  • Porterage and tips at hotels.
  • Extra expenses at hotel or personal items.
  • Optional excursions
  • Optional extension to other destinations.

Particular conditions
All of the excursions described in the itineraries can normally be carried out. Notwithstanding the above, Covitour Incoming & Corporate and reserve the right, for technical or operative reasons, to reschedule, shorten, or alter all or part of the itineraries and/or excursions without prior notice, in order to safeguard the wellbeing and safety of passengers, preserve the environment, or due to any extraordinary circumstances, acts of God or force majeure. For the same reasons, the hours of departure or arrival of the excursions may be subject to change.

Optional Tours

Whales watching at “Puerto Piramides”(June to December)

Boat trip to see the Right Whales in order to see the southern right whale, these wonderful and imposing animals come close to the peninsula to bear their calves. This is a unique experience. These colossal creatures may approach men to play with them, show off their pirouettes or just out of curiosity.

Submarine watching at Yellow submarine

This unique Puerto Madryn Whale Watching Tour takes place on a semi-submersible boat that provides you with the opportunity to watch the whales underwater. On board the Yellow Submarine, passengers can move freely and watch the whales surface from the upper deck, as in normal in most whale watching trips, and from the submarine cabin, where you can experience the whales as if you were diving with them. At this level underwater, there are 40 windows, each with its own seat, for your viewing pleasure.

Whale watching from the coast (June to September)

El Doradillo Area is visited every season by a group of whales and their calves. They get very close to the beach due to the stillness of its waters and the unusual depth of the coast, thus allowing the visitor to do the whale- watching from the coast, with great chances of finding animals at 15 / 20 meters. Estimated Duration: 2 hours.

Cerro Avanzado & Punta Loma 4wd Adventure (all year round)

A 4wd vehicle will pick you up at you hotel to set out the road towards Cerro Avanzado. During the journey you will cross country paths, sand dunes and cliffs. On the road you will visit a Sea Lion Colony at Punta Loma, interpreting cliffs and marine fossils that constitute an invaluable paleontology treasure.

Chubut River Valley (all year round)

The excursion starts early in the morning heading to Rawson, the province capital city, and then to Rawson Port in order to do the Comersoni Dolphin watching.
After the watching, once at Trelew you can visit the Egidio Feruglio Paleontology Museum, one of the most important in Latin America specialized in paleontology. Here you can examine all the geological eras, from the first human being on Earth to the Bing Bang. There are 30 dinosaurs and about 2000 fossilized pieces on display in the Mesozoic era room, the main room at the museum. Then, the journey continues to Gaiman, a village situated 15km west on the Chubut River northern bank.
This small town is a very attractive place where the Welsh traditions can still be found at its best. Its buildings (very well preserved since the times settlers disembarked and settled down in the valley), its typical Welsh tea and cake, all in the beautiful setting featured by the valley. After this visit, the itinerary foresees a visit to Dolavon village, this time along the road that goes around the farmland, where numerous farms devoted to agro-tourism, offer varied and fine craftsmanship. Visit the Old Flour Mill.


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