Peninsula Valdes & Whale Watching Adventure



Peninsula Valdes & Whale Watching Adventure

Peninsula Valdés is a Patagonian nature reserve on the Atlantic coast of Argentina. It’s home to breeding populations of whales, elephant seals and sea lions. On the peninsula’s west is Puerto Pirámides village. Nearby in a rocky outcrop is a large Sea Lion colony, approachable by sea kayak or boating trips. Nearby is Playa Doradillo beach where southern right whales may be watched from the shore. Off the coast, watch Orcas adapting a unique hunting strategy.

This tour focusses on Argentina’s two most popular wildlife destinations: Valdes Peninsula and Iberá Wetlands. Beginning in Buenos Aires, travel to Trelew and visit a seaside village surrounded by nature. Then travel south to Valdes Peninsula and visit the largest colony of Magellan penguins in South America. Off in the sea are its predators; the killer whale and seal. Finally, visit Iguazú Falls to experience the beauty and the power of Nature.

And, also visit the largest colony of Magellan penguins in South America.

What We Love
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • Customise your own itinerary to create a holiday of your dream.
  • Depart and return whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • Around-the-clock support with our local contacts at our associate offices throughout South America.
What to Know
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience and may require walking on rough surfaces. 
  • Bring proper walking gear and outdoor clothing for both summer and winter. Do not forget your skin and eye protection items.
  • Please check with us for clothing and equipment you should take on this trip.
  • We offer 24/7 support during your tour to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Peninsula Valdes & Whale Watching Adventure Buenos Aires, Trelew, Peninsula Valdes, Iguazu, Iberá Wetlands.
(14 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 1 – Arrive
Buenos Aires On arrival in Buenos Aires you will be met and transferred to your chosen hotel for a four-night stay in this cosmopolitan and historical city.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Park Hyatt Buenos Aires or Four Seasons.

Day 2 – City Highlights Tour
Buenos Aires This morning enjoy a half-day tour of this impressive city. Discover the cobbled streets and brightly painted houses of La Boca and the grand architecture in Plaza de Mayo. Continue to the exclusive neighbourhood of Recoleta, with its treelined avenues, fashionable restaurants, cafes and boutiques, not forgetting the famous cemetery that holds Evita's shrine.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Park Hyatt Buenos Aires or Four Seasons.

Day 03 – Transfer
Bahía Bustamante Transfer to airport for flight for your flight to Trelew. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel in a private vehicle with bilingual guide. Stay in Bahía Bustamante, distance 180 km.

Bahía Bustamante: This is a beautiful seaside village surrounded by nature. Few places in the world house such a wide diversity of seabirds and marine mammals as Bahía Bustamante. Activities include bird and sea lion watching, visit to the Petrified Forest and seaweed industry. For leisure there are exclusive beaches with crystal clear waters protected by intense red rocks.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice.

Day 04-05 – At Leisure
Bahía Bustamante Two full days at leisure to enjoy the activities and landscape
Overnight: Hotel of your choice.

Day 06 – Transfer
Puerto Madryn Transfer to Puerto Madryn (300 Kms ) visiting Punta Tombo Penguin rookery en route.

Port of Madryn: This serves as the main base from which to explore the vast expanses of Patagonia. Watch one of nature’s most magnificent creatures, the southern right whale, as mothers and young whales scythe through the eddying waters off the coast in early spring (August to November).  Also a treat in store for nature-lovers are the colonies of penguins, sea-elephants and seals, as well as a profusion of birdlife along the Patagonian coastline.  

Full Day Punta Tombo & Gaiman: One of the greatest features of this reserve is that you can literally walk among the penguins and observe their courtship rituals and their comically characteristic waddle to and from the sea.  The penguin’s natural predators are the killer whale and the seal, which sometimes make brief forays close to shore.  The penguin’s season is from October to April.

Gaiman: Also visit the Welsh settlement that was founded in 1884. To visit Gaiman today is to encounter the generous hospitality of a very independent community which has preserved its finest traditions.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice.

Day 07 – Peninsula Valdes
Puerto Madryn Meet your guide at the hotel lobby for full day tour to the Peninsula Valdes.

Full-Day Peninsula Valdes: The herds of southern right whales (thus named because it was the “right” whale to hunt for its turpitude and tendency to swim close to the surface) tend to arrive in late August, although some are often sighted as early as June.  They frequent the bay of Puerto Piramides, their dark shapes arcing through the waves clearly visible from the shore, often blowing fountains of water into the sky.  There are boat trips organised into the bay from which you can watch these immensely dignified and pacific creatures gliding past, a calloused rugged head often surfacing right under your nose with large inquisitive eyes, a huge tail slapping spray over the prow of the boat.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice.

Day 08 – Transfer
Iguazu Falls Transfer to airport for flight for your flight to Iguazú  ( via Buenos Aires ). Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel in a private vehicle with bilingual (English - Spanish) guide.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Hotel das Cataratas.

Day 09 – Iguazu National Park
Iguazu Falls Visitors to the falls can enjoy the views and feel the vibrations that rock the surrounding earth of one of the most awe-inspiring experiences in the natural world in different ways: you can stroll along walkways on both the Argentine and Brazilian sides or take a nail-biting adventure right into the mouth of the gorge in rubber dinghies.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Hotel das Cataratas.

Day 10 – Transfer & Touring Enroute
Posadas Meet your guide at the hotel lobby for  transfer  to Posadas visiting Wandasemi precious stone village and San Ignacio Jesuit Ruins en route ( 370 Kms )
Overnight: Puerto Valle.

Wanda Semi Precious Stone Village: The village of Wanda was originally a community of Polish immigrants who travelled here in the early 20th century seeking peace and a new land in which to build their hopes.  The nearby surface mines have borne semi-precious stones such as amethysts and other quartz into the light and their promising glitter can still be viewed today.  

San Ignacio Jesuit Ruins: A significant period of the history of the Jesuit Church took place here in Misiones, set against the struggle between the Spanish and Portuguese crowns over their rights to territory in South America and immortalised in Roland Joffé’s 1986 epic film.

Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Puerto Valle
Each of the six exclusive guestrooms enjoys a river view and all are stylishly decorated reflecting the natural paradise that surrounds them. The variety of trees and the subtle sounds of birds that live in the open spaces bring reminiscences of Africa.

Day 11 – Transfer
Rincon Del Socorro Transfer to a Rincon del Socorro. Three and a half hours drive. A charter flight from Posadas or even from Iguazú can also be arranged.

Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Estancia Rincón del Socorro
Estancia Rincón del Socorro is a former cattle ranch on the edge of the Iberá wetlands in Northeastern Argentina that has been made into a nature reserve. This luxury eco-estancia offers guests a good understanding of the local ecosystem and an appreciation for the importance of wetlands and savanna landscapes.

The Hostería (lodge) offers six immaculate rooms in sepia tones with the original feel of the 1896 estancia. Besides these rooms there are three small bungalows. The main house has a large indoor living room, a screened veranda living room, a large indoor dining room, a terrace dining area, and a children’s game room. Together with the great facilities, tasty organic food and great hospitality ensure a wonderful stay at Rincón del Socorro.

Day 12-13 – Nature & Wildlife Tours
Rincon Del Socorro Two full days in Estancia Rincon del Socorro enjoying the activities and wildlife of the area.

Esteros Del Iberá: The Iberá Marshlands is one of the largest natural reserves in Argentina, with sceneries of unique beauty and a wide variety of interesting wildlife to discover. Twice the size of the Florida Everglades, Iberá is the second-largest wetland in South America after Pantanal in Brazil and one of the most important fresh water reservoirs in the continent. The area is of particular interest to naturalists and birdwatchers but even city-dwellers are captured by the unspoiled beauty of the wetlands.

Day 14 – Transfer
Buenos Aires Transfer from Rincon del Socorro to Corrientes airport (04 hour and 20 minutes drive )  for a flight to Buenos Aires.  

Optional Dinner & Tango Show: This evening, enjoy exquisite cuisine and a spectacular dance display in one of the city’s oldest and finest tango venues. Housed in an elegant French style building with an exclusive marble bar, Gala Tango is bound to put you in the tango mood! As you arrive you are invited to learn some of the slick tango moves and enjoy a drink.

The Tango and Folklore show follows, featuring a live orchestra, two singers and four performing tango dancers. You will also enjoy a show with boleadoras (balls tied to ropes used by the gauchos to herd cattle) while enjoying a 3-course a la carte meal paired with superb Catena Zapata wines.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice.

Day 15 – Depart
Buenos Aires Transfer to Ezeiza international airport for your onward flight.


Peninsula Valdes & Whale Watching Adventure Argentina

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There Flights from London to Buenos Aires take 14 hours, or around 16 hours via a European city. British Airways offers the only direct service from the UK (Heathrow) to Buenos Aires. The alternatives are indirect Iberia and Air Europa flights, both of which involve changing planes in Madrid (sometimes with a lengthy gap). Argentina’s Ministro Pistarini International Airport (code EZE) is located in Ezeiza about 22 kilometres from Buenos Aires. 

When to go Argentina can be divided into four broad climatic regions: the north-eastern plains, central Argentina (Pampas), western Argentina (Andes) and southern Argentina (Patagonia). Remember that the seasons in Argentina are the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere.

Summer, December through February, is the best time to visit the extreme landscape of Patagonia and the southern Andes. Winter (Jun-Aug) is the best time to visit Iguazú and the Northwest, when the rains and heat have subsided; but spring (Aug-Oct) is also pleasant, when the crowds have cleared out. It is also the prime time to visit Buenos Aires when the purple jacarandas are in bloom. A great time to see Mendoza or the Lake District is in the fall, when the foliage pops—and there are fewer crowds.