- Type: Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Tours
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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Skirting Atlantic Patagonia's eastern coast line, Peninsula Valdés is a marine wildlife refuge for endangered species such as orcas, elephant seals, Magellanic penguins, sea lions, and guanaco. Lined with powdery beaches and staggered cliffs, this natural reserve has garnered attention as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. For optimal wildlife-watching, you'll want to visit Puerto Pirámides.
Recent travelers praise their close encounters with Magellanic penguins at Peninsula Valdés. "Puerto Pirámides is a spectacle of sea species, with sea lions, sea wolves, whales and penguins. It is impossible not to fall in love with them," says one TripAdvisor user.
You may visit Peninsula Valdés without a tour, but some areas along the beach are restricted unless you enter with a certified naturalist. You can drive or hop on a Mar y Valle public bus from Puerto Madryn to Puerto Pirámides for $16.50 ARS (about $3.75) each direction. There are also plenty of guided tours offered from Puerto Madryn. Travelers suggest Whales Patagonia, a boat tour that takes visitors to pristine whale-watching vantage points. For more information, consult the Whales Patagonia Tour website (written in Spanish).