A place in the world favoured by its nature and listed by UNESCO as World Heritage in 1999.
Driving along provincial highway number 2, and after having travelled about 25 km, you’ll reach Puerto Pirámides: the only town and services centre in Península Valdés, where you may carry out adventure activities and fauna watching on board of a boat (whales from June to December and sea lions in summertime). Along a gravel road, a few minutes away from the town, you’ll reach Punta Pirámide, where there’s a reproductive colony of one-hair sea lions and a cormorant site to be watched from December to March.
Isla de los Pájaros (Birds Island)
5km away from this place, driving down by gravel road to San José Gulf, you’ll reach Isla de los Pájaros (Birds Island) which is an important colony of sea birds. There’s also an Interpretation Centre and binocular viewers for it has been considered intangible area in 1974 and since then, the entrance to the island is forbidden. There’s a replica of Fuerte San José chapel, destroyed by Indians raids in 1810, which witness an old Spanish settlement of 1779.
In this south extent of Península, a south elephant seals colony is located and it can be watched from a public viewpoint. In this place, there’re a ranch called Rincón Chico and a country hotel called Faro de Punta Delgada, which offers lodging, restaurant, fauna watching and recreational activities.
It is an important geographical accident caused by a 30 km coastal bay; it has got inner islands and a unique beauty. There’s an important colony of elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) located there. Animals can be watched from stepped viewpoints situated in the cliff and interpretation centre to reach the entrance of the coastal lagoon. In mating and breeding season, it is possible to watch orcas.
Just 2km north, there’s a small colony of Magellanic Penguins (from September to March).
The area has restrooms, restaurant and a store that sells regional products. There’s also a ranch called “La Elvira” that offers gastronomy and lodging services.
In this area it is possible to watch Orcas from October to April and this coincides with the birth season of sea lions and Elephant seals. calves. The best time to visit the place is at high tide; this information can be provided when you access the Protected Area. There are other two ranches in this place: La Ernestina and San Lorenzo. Just like the other ranches described before, these also offer excursions, gastronomy and lodging services.
From Puerto Pirámides to Caleta Valdés, Punta Norte or Punta Delgada you’ll be travelling along 75 km of gravel road until you reach every point mentioned before where the group of rangers assist visitors and supervise the correct development of tourist activity.
Península Valdés homes nowadays the largest reproductive colony of Magalleanic Penguins in the world.
This may be possible due to the sustained number of reproductive males that have been to the colony in the last 10 years. Males feed on anchovies, an abundant and predictable resource in space and time.
Nests are found on the shores of San Matías Gulf from San Lorenzo Country House to Punta Norte, as well as all along Caleta Valdés shore and islands.
Going along Península Valdés, from centre to north, we may find penguins in Punta Cantor, where there is a public viewer with an outstanding view point with and exceptional sight of Caleta Valdés. Then, along the road that is bordered the shore, we’ll reach Punta Norte, a place where the higher number of Magalleanic Penguins is concentrated. We may access the fastest growing continental colony in the last years through San Lorenzo Country House.