- 5 day's kayaking / 4 night's camping along the coast of Gulf of San Jose
- Daily hikes along the coast and in the steppe
- History and archeology
- Imposing cliffs and impressive landscape
- Marine fossils literally millions of years old
- Starry nights with the sounds of whales
- Marine and land bird watching
- Daily marine wildlife viewing especially Southern Right whales and sea lions
- Magellan penguins and Southern Elephant Seals
Upon arrival to Trelew airport, you will meet your guide. From there we will drive to Peninsula Valdes Natural Reserve. Puerto Piramides will be our destination the only town in the Reserve. Once in the hotel you will be greeted by the Patagonia Explorers team followed by a description and orientation chat about the following paddling days. During the afternoon we will go for a boat whale watching trip to have a first encounter with the Southern Right Whales.
Overnight at Ecolodge in Puerto Piramides. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner NOT included)
In the morning we will drive to San Jose Gulf and departure site of our kayak expedition. The next 5 days will be spent enjoying and exploring the magnificent coast and wildlife of this Gulf. The paddling distances are 15/20 kms proxy. each day, that allows us a good margin to observe the different marine mammals, birds and other highlights, taking several hikes to enjoy these interesting sceneries. Relaxing and also enjoying excellent food accompanied by pure and wild nature. In Bengoa Beach is where our adventure begins!
At this place there is a fisherman's settlement, they live on what the area has to offer, using different techniques to fish and collect sea food. With our guides instructions we will fit in our kayaks for the coming trip. He will give us a precise briefing of security, technique guide lines as well as environmental regulations. We take our time for practise and filling comfortable with our kayaks, before we start.
We begin paddling towards Punta Conos, on our way we pass through a Southern Sea Lion colony, where the sea lions have no problem in diving into the water to come and greet us. We will stop for lunch on a beach close to the colony. In Punta Conos area is where we set up our first camp. During the afternoon we walk different sections observing marine fossils which are characteristic of the Valdes Peninsula. This particular site being a section where a substrate containing varied fossil marine life forms that inhabited this sea million of years ago. You also have sand dune areas where we will look at different archaeological remains of the ancient Tehuelche Indian. From our camp we will be able to enjoy a wonderful sunset and a delicious dinner.
(Breakfast, lunch, dinner INCLUDED)
Days 3 & 4:
After a good breakfast and undoing camp. This day we paddle approximately one hour to Whale Camp, a small beach where we will have lunch and camp. It is possible that we will camp here for two nights so we can go for a few hikes to different points of interest. This place is where researchers camp study the Southern Right Whales, a program that has been carried out for over 30 years.
(Breakfast, lunch, dinner INCLUDED)
At midday after having passed by a section of cliffs, we will reach Fracasso Bay, where at low tide, a huge section of the beach remains exposed (a slough). This is an area where many shore birds feed in sand flats which are exposed during low tide, such as Two-banded plover, Lesser Yellowlegs, Bird's sandpiper. After lunch we paddle following a section of cliffs and small bays until we reach enchanted bay were we set up camp. This area is one of the best to see whales close to the shore. Late in the afternoon before dinner we'll enjoy an authentic argentinian picada under the majestic southern hemisphere sky and whales sounds.
(Breakfast, lunch, dinner INCLUDED)
After breakfast and undoing camp, we get on our kayaks to continue on paddling to reach Villarino beach, this place is well known as an important site in Peninsula Valdes history. The first Spanish expeditions landed. Here is our final destination for the kayak trip.
Once the kayak expedition is completed we will return to Piramides village and overnight at Ecolodge. Relax during the afternoon and enjoy the town of Puerto Piramides. Meet for dinner at a local restaurant.
(Breakfast, lunch. Dinner NOT Included)
After breakfast we take a land tour to the external coast of the Peninsula reaching the Atlantic Ocean where we will be able to appreciate the diversity of wildlife and the impressive landscape.
This barren Peninsula, to the untrained eyes, is bursting with wildlife. Continue to Estancia San Lorenzo located not far from Punta Norte and bathed by the waters of San Matias Gulf. This estancia takes care of one of the most important penguin colonies in the Peninsula with approximately 200,000 specimens. As in every season, the penguins start to turn up in August and leave in April. They comply with most of their life cycle in this place.
We will visit Punta Norte reserve, the most famous animal observation point of Peninsula. Here you will observe a sea lion colony, also the graceful guanacos (a South American camelid), a big rodent locally named "mara", the fast rheas and some elephant seals. With much luck orcas may show up.
After Punta Norte we'll continue to Caleta Valdes Natural Reserve, a particular geographical feature that encloses the largest variety of sea fauna in Peninsula. This thin strip of land with a length of 22 miles is propitious for the development of a great population of sea mammals, sea and shore birds and some typical species from the Patagonian steppe. The beach, protected from the sea and the wind, is the ideal scenery for elephant seals
End of the adventure and transfer to Trelew airport.
(Breakfast, lunch) Dinner NOT included.
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $1,960 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.
- Qualified expedition guides.
- Scheduled hotel accommodations on Day 1 and Day 6, based on double or triple occupancy
- Land tour to the external coast of the Peninsula Valdes Nature Reserve.
- Visit to San Lorenzo Magellanic Penguin colony.
- Whale watching excursion from Puerto Piramides
- Entry fees to the Peninsula Valdes Nature Reserve
- All group camping and cooking gear. All group equipment, kayaks, paddles, etc.
- Ground transportation as mentioned in itinerary.
- Airport transfers to Puerto Madryn /Trelew. Day 1 and Day 7.
- All meals while on the kayak expedition.
- Any additional meals not mentioned in itinerary.
- Personal drinks throughout.
- Personal gear
- All items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, excess beverages, mineral waters, wines and liquors, laundry, room service, insurance (see below)
- Airport transfers, transfers between airports and hotels when deviating from the appointed flights and dates of the group schedule
- Trip cancellation insurance. Medical & Insurance.