Beachside Wildlife Adventure

Stay in a secluded seaside lodge surrounded by nature. Trek along the coastline, sail to see the marine life and visit a working estancia.

4 Days

$1,860

Beachside Wildlife Adventure - 4 - $1,860

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Visit a sea lion colony
  • Learn about seaweed harvesting and processing
  • Take a boat trip down the coast
  • Relax on sandy beaches
  • Visit Penguin Island
  • Explore the Petrified Forest
  • Visit an estancia and learn about wool production

Start from Puerto Madryn and end at Puerto Madryn

Landmarks visited on Beachside Wildlife Adventure

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1:

Check in to our seaside lodge in time for lunch. Afterwards, we will enjoy a walking tour around the historic local town. We will also visit the area where wild seaweed is harvested and processed. Here we will learn about how seaweed is turned from a raw material into a variety of different natural products.

In the afternoon, we will enjoy a 4x4 drive to reach Aristizabal Cape, an important rockery cape, which is characterised by its imposing landscape. Along the way, apart from enjoying the beautiful coastal landscape, we will also be able to observe all kinds of Steppe fauna. Once we reach Aristizabal Lighthouse, we will trek to see Sea Lions, which usually rest here. This is also a nesting area for a variety of marine birds.  

We will then return to our seaside lodge for dinner.

Accommodation: Seaside Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 2:

After breakfast, we will assess the weather forecast to see whether sailing is possible. Assuming all is well, we'll board the boat and sail along the seaweed fields where we'll come across vessels working on the seaweed harvest. Later we'll sail over the mussel crops and we'll learn about the growing of mussels.

Then we will approach the Roca Malaspina and continue sailing down the archipelago made up of the Vernacci Islands. While sailing, we will come across Sea Lion colonies (3,500 animals during the breeding season), Penguins (100,000) and colourful marine bird colonies. Then we moor the boat and return to the village for lunch.

In the afternoon, we will explore Gravina Peninsula, a 70 km Peninsula of sandy beaches, crystal clear water and reddish rocks. We'll enjoy a combination of 4x4 wheel driving and trekking. If the tide is low, natural swimming pools are formed in the rocks which are ideal to take a bath if the weather is good.

Afterwards, we will visit Penguin Island: Just 15 minutes away from the town by 4x4, this island is home to a small colony of Magellan Penguins. During low tide it is possible to reach the island on foots, giving us the privilege of observing penguins and their nests up close. 

Accommodation: Seaside Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 3:

After breakfast, we'll take the 4x4's across our private land, driving almost 18 miles until we arrive to the Petrified Forest.

We will visit an archaeological site dating back 60 millions years. We will walk to the "Pyramid" which is a nice spot to appreciate the silence and vastness of this area.

We'll return to the village to have lunch.

In the afternoon, we will visit the estancia to learn about wool production. The seaside lodge is part of a group of 3 Estancias which add up more than 80,000 hectares. In Estancia Las Mercedes you will learn about how the sheep are cared for by observing shearing, weaning, classification or marking of the sheep. 

Accommodation: Seaside Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4:

Continue onwards journey.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $1,860 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.

Includes

  • 3 nights accommodation in Sea View room
  • Meals as detailed in itinerary 
  • Excursions and activities as detailed in itinerary

Excludes

  • In/out transfers (these can be arranged upon request)
  • Insurance
  • Extra activities e.g. horse riding or kayaking

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