Remote, treeless, and covered with countless marine creatures, Peninsula Valdes is a land calling all nature and wildlife enthusiasts.

A penguin is standing on a wooden walkway.
We recommend looking out for penguins while visiting Peninsula Valdes

Peninsula Valdes stretches over 100 kilometers into the vast Atlantic Ocean in the Argentinean Province of Chubut. At 360,000 hectares, this mushroom-shaped peninsula connects to the mainland by a narrow strip of land and conceals alcoves prevalent with marine wildlife, including 181 bird species. This expanse is 400 kilometers of coastline; to the north is Golfo San Matias, and to the south is Golfo Nuevo. Travelling between these points, you’ll find cliffs soaring to heights of 100 meters, glistening lagoons, small islands, pebble beaches, sand dunes and wetlands. Some of these wetlands are of international importance. The entire peninsula is registered as a UNESCO Nature Reserve, providing nesting spots for migratory birds and a home for thousands of Magellanic penguins.

 

Thanks to its diverse terrain, Peninsula Valdes contains habitats of significant conservation and scientific value. Its quiet gulfs have become breeding and calving areas of the Southern Elephant Seal, Orca, and Southern Sea Lion (you can kayak amongst the most curious in the Golfo Nuevo). Peninsula Valdes is the only place in the world where Orca beach themselves to hunt sea lion pups, and it’s also the world’s most important breeding ground for Southern Right Whales. So, bring your binoculars, and you might see some aquatic wonders, either from the shoreline or aboard a boat.

 

Dominating a significant portion of the peninsula is the Patagonian Steppe, an arid desert with a variety of plant communities. Be on the lookout for Guanacos and the Patagonian Mara, a rodent native to Argentina. Since the human population is scarce, the wildlife is courageous and sometimes ventures close to you. End your days by staying in a traditional estancia surrounded by wilderness.

Your Luxury Peninsula Valdes Trip Ideas

Our Argentina Wildlife Holiday ventures to Peninsula Valdes, where you’ll embark on a guided wildlife-watching tour with naturalists and bilingual biologists. They’ll take you off the beaten path to private beaches and offer the chance to go horseback riding, mountain biking, walking in the dune fields, and touring old livestock facilities.

Your Luxury Accommodation Options in Central Chile

From luxurious boutique hotels to some of the most state-of-the-art glamping options. Central Chile has a plethora of unforgettable places to stay. The good thing is that conscious travellers can book these desirable accommodations without feeling guilty. Perhaps unsurprisingly, you’ll find a growing number of eco-lodges in the more rural Maule region and the coastal towns near Valparaíso. But even the capital city of Santiago has plenty of high-end yet environmentally-friendly options. For example, the Carménère Eco Hotel has been solar-powered since 2015, recycles all waste products, collects and reuses rainwater and has an on-site organic garden. Simply put, a luxurious stay in Central Chile doesn't have to come at the expense of the environment - just as it should be. 

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