PREVIOUS DAY. Meet guide to review medical information, check on the equipment and answer any questions.
DAY 1 Early in the morning we leave Puerto Madryn towards San Jose gulf within the Peninsula Valdes Nature Reserve. After driving for about one and a half hour we get to Punta Tehuelche, the place where our kayaking trip starts. Our paddling journey heads eastwards in search of Cerro Montaculo, our stop for lunch. From the kayaks, we view the coastline where sand and stone beaches alternate with rocky formations and cliffs that dive into the ocean, the selected nesting place of various coastal birds. We take delight at some small sea lion colonies and at the Southern right whales that look for San Jose's sheltered gulf waters. We then continue our paddling towards El 39, a small beach where we set up our base camp. Beach El 39 is a research area for Southern Right whales for which the Wildlife Conservation Society is responsible. A calm sunset will allow paddling in our kayaks to enjoy watching the sun go down. We feast on typical Patagonian lamb with the intimate mood of a small group and with the background sound of the whales in the gulf.
DAY 2 After breakfast, we leave our camp behind for a big kayaking day. Our paddling today is bound for Punta Conos, and El puente -the bridge- a maritime rock formation. Conos, named after the cone-like hillocks in the area, boasts a huge concentration of marine fossils dating back million years and we are able to observe the fossils of the sea species that lived in this area embedded in the soil. The coastline here features low cliffs that dive into the ocean thus allowing us to paddle a few meters from the restingas inhabited by cormorant and black crowned night herons among other birds. Once we paddle through El Puente, we get to a small beach, perfect for a seaside lunch and a leg stretch. After lunch, we get back on our kayaks to visit a large single-hair sea lion colony that is close to our rest place. We enjoy the curiosity of the sea lions that swim around and approach our kayaks. After visiting the sea lion colony, we change course to head back to El 39 beach where we arrive at mid-afternoon. Back in our base camp, time for relax, for an afternoon snack and for socializing "with friends" has come.
DAY 3 Early in the morning, after breakfast, we break off camp and drive to Puerto Piramides to visit the small tourist village and board the whale-watching excursion. After lunch, we start our drive back to the city of Puerto Madryn.
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Price from USD $680 per person, based on a group of 2 people.
This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $0 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.
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