Puerto Madryn & Península Valdés
Puerto Madryn is the gateway to the Península Valdés, a World Heritage Site at 90 km away. It’s the breeding place for southern right whales from June to December. It’s also home year round to sea lions, elephant seals, penguins, ñandúes*, maras*, guanacos* and thousands of sea birds.
For whale watching, the most popular option is hopping on a boat trip departing from Puerto Pirámides on the Península. The Mar y Valle bus company has a daily bus service from Puerto Madryn to get there! Whale sightings are also possible from Puerto Madryn’s beach or from El Doradillo, 15 km from town, at high tide.
Puerto Madryn was declared “National Capital of Scuba Diving” and it’s one of the few places in the world where you can dive or snorkel with sea lions which is amazing!
Worth visiting also is the Ecocentro (sea ecosystems), Punta Cuevas (city’s history) and Museo Oceanográfico (Patagonia info and animals). Punta Loma Natural Reserve, located 19 km south, has over 800 sea lions year round, best visible at low tide.
190 km south Punta Tombo is one of the most varied sea bird colonies in the world, with an incredible amount of Magellan penguins (mid September to beginning of April, peak of 1 million in January). In Playa Unión, near Rawson, at 90 km south of Puerto Madryn, you can watch year round the smallest dolphin in the world called Tonina Overa on a spectacular boat trip.
To explore more of the incredible Península and to go to the other highlights in the area we recommend to rent a car or to book a tour!