Peninsula Valdés.

Peninsula Valdés.

Located in the Chubut Province of Argentine Patagonia .It is a 4,000 square kilometer area ,km2 .

It was first discovered in 1779, by Juan de la Piedra.

Peninsula Valdés is connected to the continent by a strip of land called The Ameghino Isthmus: about 11 to 5 kms wide.
It looks like a small island hanging from the continent.

This reserve includes:

  • Punta Norte and Isla de los Pájaros Touristic Nature Reserves, the nature reserve at “Bird Island” (Isla de los Pajaros) was created in 1967 .
  • Punta Pirámide Touristic Nature Reserve, was established by Resolution 9 of 1974
  • Caleta Valdés and Punta Delgada Touristic Nature Reserves, were established in 1977.
  • In 1985, the Southern right whale (Eubalaena Australis) was declared as Natural Monument by the National Congress.
  • Peninsula Valdes is a World Heritage site since 1999.

The Ameghino Isthmus of 25 km of length connects the Península to the mainland during the low tides. In the Carlos Ameghino Isthmus, you will have to pay an entry fee. It has a special panoramic view , on one side you will see Golfo Nuevo and, on the other, Golfo San José.

At 3 miles from Ameghino Isthmus, in the southern area of San José Gulf, we find the The Bird Island Reserve (located on Route 2 after entering the Valdes Peninsula), this island shelters a great quantity and variety of birds, it is possible to see flamingos, seagulls, white herons, cormorants and black oystercatchers.

It is a small island.

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Southern Right whales gather from June till December. Their average is about 40 ft long and weigh 27 tons.

It is reported there are only about 8,000 of them left in the world, 400 near Peninsula Valdes, they were hunted to near extinction, they are slow and float on the water’s surface when killed.

Elephant seals mostly calve in October. (colony on Punta Norte from late August to early November)
Sea lions calve in December – January.
Orcas (killer whales – Orcinus orca) snatching seals at Punta Norte
and it is also possible to see ñandues, flamingoes, cormorants, guanacos , piches (armadillos) and martinetas, maras (patagonian hare),grey fox and much

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more patagonian hare

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Guanacos from the Llamas family . Lama guanicoe.

Area

360,000 hectares (ha).

Salinas Grandes :the lowest point in mainland South America.

Large-scale exploitation of sea lions took place until 1953, year of the last record. legislation for the conservation of the marine mammals prevented further commercial killings.

 

Puerto Piramides : the only populated area in Peninsula Valdes (Golfo Nuevo), is the center for whale watching.It was created in 1900, when the village was a salt port.

Punta Pirámides:

In Punta Pirámides, seals can be observed from a cliff of 50 metres high. (sea lion colony)

Punta Norte at the extreme northwestern of Península Valdés, there are sea lions colonies on the shore and an information center.

Caleta Valdés

At Punta Delgada the beach provides excellent viewing of elephant seals. There are also sheep estancias,Elephant seals go there from August to March to reproduce.

HOW TO GET THERE AND WHAT TO SEE

From Puerto Madryn northalong Provincial Route Nº 1. After 17 kilometers you enter the Provincial Route Nº 2. You can go by bus or by car.

It is about 1.400 km from Buenos Aires.