The Valdes peninsula
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The Valdés peninsula is known for its rich fauna, here you will find an unique animal world. All live on a relatively small surface. It is a peninsula where you really have to go if you are a great lover of (wild) animals. On Peninsula Valdes you can organize various excursions to come face to face with the local wild animals, including whales, sea elephants, penguins and killer whales.
In summer the penguins visit the east coast of Valdés from September to March and in March there are the orcas. From spring until summer the coast is one big gathering place for large and small mammals and birds. Whales are usually seen from June to early December and use this area as a nursery. Inland, the peninsula is full of rheas, guanacos and armadillos. The island has miles of untouched nature and silence.
Best time to visit
Puerto Pirámides is a good starting point for excursions to the Peninsula Valdés. In summer it is a cozy seaside resort with temperatures of 25 to 30 degrees Celsius (77 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit). You can travel to Peninsula Valdés throughout the year. However, not all animals are present throughout the year. Your interest will determine what is the best time for you to visit the peninsula. One of the best time to go to Peninsula Valdes is in September, October and November. These months it is spring and most species start to breed in the area. This means that the males are about to fight for the females, the penguins come ashore to hatch their eggs and the orcas come along the coast to hunt for seals. A period that you have to avoid is the months of April, May and June. In these months fewer animals can be seen than in the rest of the year. Click here for more climate details.
Where to stay
You can stay overnight on the peninsula. This is possible in the town of Puerto Pirámides. Hotel the Paradise is a good option for spending the night. Close by the whales, you can even see them from the rooms. The hotel is very nice and very quiet.
Fauna calendar and where to spot them
Birds can be seen all year round – everywhere.
Pinguins from September-March - Punta Tombo
Whales June-mid-December - From Puerto Piramide
Sea lions all year - Punta Delgada (from the lighthouse)
Sea elephants all year round (best in summer) - Caleta Váldes Sur, Punta Norte
Orcas - March and April Punta Norte