Self-Drive Wildlife Exploration in Valdes

A perfect trip for independent, wildlife enthusiasts. All the logistics and car hire organised for you to explore the Peninsula under your own steam. You will spend two nights on the Peninsula itself and one night in the nearby Puerto Madryn. A great way to see the natural wildlife of the area.

4 Days


Self-Drive Wildlife Exploration in Valdes - 4 - $715

Itinerary Map

Start from Trelew and end at Trelew

Landmarks visited on Self-Drive Wildlife Exploration in Valdes

Operator's Itinerary

Trip Summary

  • Drive Trelew to Peninsula Valdes
  • Wildlife exploration & drive on Peninsula Valdes
  • Drive Valdes to Puerto Madryn

Trip Details

Day 1:

Collect your vehicle from the airport at Trelew and drive to Peninsula Valdes. Few places in the world offer the possibility to observe in their natural environment so much animals. Valdes Peninsula, on the Atlantic Ocean, and 77 kilometers from Puerto Madryn is one of them. Giant whales at few meters, sea lions and elephant seals, penguins, numerous birds, guanacos and other terrestrial species are concentrated in this Nature Reserve of 360 hectares where almost there aren't no stars and more people than these.

The entrance to the peninsula is a delight for the senses. After taking the Provincial Route 2 from Route 3 or from Puerto Madryn, we reach the isthmus "Carlos Ameghino" that connects the peninsula with the mainland, and where water flanking both sides of the road.In both the right and the left you can see the blue immensity of the Patagonian sea. On one hand, the Nuevo Gulf, and on the other the San Jose Gulf. If you lower the car window, you can even hear the squeaks of noisy birds that live close by in the De Los Pajaros Island, which seemed to welcome you to the place. After about 25 kilometers on a typical steppe, it opens suddenly a heavenly range between golden cliffs. This magnificent view corresponds to PuertoPiramides, the only settlement of the reserve population and one of the most privileged sites to observe the famous southern right whales. These giant mammals come south in June and until December inhabit the gulf waters to breed and give birth to their young.

Overnight in Nomade Ecolodge or Faro Punta Delgade

Day 2:


Explore the Valdes Peninsula at your leisure. The fine golden sand of Piramides invite you to sit on them and, simply, watch the sea or the occasional whale near the shore, or walk along the beach in search of most rare snails. From there you can continue travelling to the various wildlife reserves or rent a diving excursion. But what few people lose are the closest whale sightings.

Overnight in Nomade Ecolodge or Faro Punta Delgade

Day 3:


Today you can continue your wildlife watching on the beautiful drive from the peninsula itself to Puerto Madryn, where you will have a beautiful sea view. Another day at leisure.

Overnight in Hotel Dazzler or Peninsula Hotel

Day 4:


Return to Trelew to return your vehicle.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Departures can be set up on a date of your choice, subject to availability. Please enquire for more details.

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $715 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.

The price of this trip varies depending on the type of accommodation you choose.

An indicative price for Comfortable Hotels is USD $715

An indicative price for a bit more luxury is USD $945


  • Car Hire
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfasts


  • Domestic Flights
  • Insurance
  • Optional Tours
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips
  • Meals not Specified

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