Valdes Peninsula: Caleta Valdes Lagoon & Puerto Piramide

7.5 hours | Puerto Madryn | P M Y - 1 1 0
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  • Peninsula Valdes
Includes meal, Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Board your transportation and travel to the eastern shore of the Valdes Peninsula. Designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, the Peninsula comprises over 1,500 square miles of headlands, salt water lakes and rocky cliffs jutting 30 miles into the Atlantic. The surrounding shallow bays, gulfs and beaches make the Peninsula one of the most diverse bio habitats in the Southern Peninsula. Over half of the world's Southern right whale population, for example, frequents the waters off the Valdes Peninsula between June and December, which is also home to major colonies of seals, sea lions and sea birds.

Enjoy a brief stop at the small Visitors Center to view exhibits on the flora and fauna of the Valdes Peninsula. Continue to Caleta Valdes, a shallow lagoon protected by a hook-shaped gravel spit. Elephant seals frequent the lagoon to bask on the shingle during the spring months. (Orcas also make an appearance offshore, hunting marine mammals like the seals.) Guanacos are often seen along the beach. Related to alpacas and llamas, guanacos are members of the camel family. Stop to inspect a new penguin colony that is forming along the lagoon.

Drive to Puerto Piramide, a village of some 400 souls on the Golfo Nuevo. From June through December, the gulf is frequented by large numbers of Southern right whales. Your destination is one of the peninsula's major sea lion rookeries. Walk across the beach to photograph the sea lions. After viewing the rookery, board your transportation for the return trip to Puerto Madryn.

Special Notes:

Temperatures fluctuate widely in Patagonia. Dress in warm layers, wear sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots and bring a waterproof jacket, hat and bottled water.

Transportation in Puerto Madryn utilizes basic transportation which are not to the same standard as touring coaches in the larger metropolitan areas. Buses will not be air conditioned and roads may be rough and dusty.

Wildlife watching is not guaranteed.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship and drive to Peninsula Valdes & Caleta Valdes

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
38
Travel time:
02:45
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
200
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Arrive at Caleta Valdes & Visit of Sea Lions Colony & Small Penguins Colony

Time at site:
01:00
Free time at site:
60
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
500
Steps:
15
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Drive to Puerto Piramide and enjoy a box lunch on the bus

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
38
Travel time:
01:15

Transfer & Stop at Puerto Piramides Sea Lions Colony

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
38
Travel time:
00:20
Time at site:
00:30
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
200
Steps:
15
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Re-board your transportation and return to your ship

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Transportation
Travel time:
01:40