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Peninsula Valdés Wildlife Kayaking

Explore the amazing Peninsula Valdés by kayak with your expert guide over three days. Discover inlets, small bays and kayak amongst a vast variety of wildlife such as dolphins, seals, sea lions, penguins and possibly southern right whales. At night, camp out on the beach in total wilderness, under the stars and in contact with this beautiful, rugged region.

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Trip type

Guided Activity

Trip length

3 Days





Peninsula Valdés Wildlife Kayaking - 3 Days - $1,225

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Kayaking in the San José Gulf; Camp

Day 2: Kayaking in Fracasso Bay; Camp

Day 3: Kayak to a sea lion colony; Puerto Pirámides

Start from Puerto Madryn and end at Puerto Madryn

Landmarks visited on Peninsula Valdés Wildlife Kayaking

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Kayaking in the San José Gulf

Early morning, you'll be picked up from Puerto Madryn and driven to San José Gulf, where your adventure begins. Our guide will help us set up our kayaks and give us a detailed briefing on security guidelines and environmental regulations. We'll then have some time to become comfortable with our kayaks before setting off.

The starting point will be along the south coast of the gulf, and we head for the Punta Conos area. Here we will stop for lunch and rest up. Two more hours of paddling from here we'll stop for the day and set up our first camp. We'll enjoy a wonderful sunset and have a delicious dinner. It is possible to observe whales both from our kayaks and from the shore.

Total paddling distance: Approx 10km

Meals: Picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camp

Day 2: Kayaking in Fracasso Bay

After breakfast, we pack up our camp, climb back into our kayaks and paddle to the remains of a Spanish fort. We'll stop for lunch on a beach and then follow cliffs to Enchanted Bay where we'll set up our camp for the night.

Once we have rested we'll have the opportunity to hike up the cliffs for fantastic panoramic views of the San José Gulf. This is one of the best areas to see whales close to the shore.

Total paddling distance: Approx 15km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Camp

Day 3: Kayak to a sea lion colony

After breakfast, we pack up our camp and embark on the final leg of our trip to Villarino Beach. On the way we will pass a southern sea lion colony where the sociable creatures will dive into the water and come to welcome us.

We'll finish kayaking in the afternoon and will be met by our transport to take us back to Puerto Pirámides, where we plan to arrive in the late afternoon, tired yet exhilarated by such an overwhelming experience.

Having spent two nights under the stars, surrounded by nature at its rawest and gained a profound appreciation for the wildlife of Valdés that few will ever know. You may want to head out into the small town of Puerto Pirámides to celebrate such a momentous trip before returning to Puerto Madryn.

Total paddling distance: Approx 10km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The 2023/25 season price of USD $1,225 per person is based on two people sharing.


Please contact us about prices and availability for joining a larger group at a lower price.

Additional Notes

Group size – 12 maximum, 2 minimum.

Transfers from/to Trelew - Can be organised for an additional cost.

Experience – No previous kayaking experience is necessary, but you must be able to swim and feel comfortable in remote areas.

Fitness – Participants should be fit and willing to assist in hauling kayaks and group equipment.


  • Meals + water: 2 breakfasts, 3 picnic lunches, 2 dinners
  • Accommodation: 2 nights camping in double expedition tents with sleeping mat
  • Shared transfer from/to Puerto Madryn or Puerto Piramides 
  • English and Spanish-speaking expedition guides
  • All group camping and cooking gear for 2 nights/3 days
  • Entrance fee to Peninsula Valdés Nature Reserve
  • All kayak equipment: double sea kayaks, paddles, life-jackets, dry bags, waterproof jackets, mittens and neoprene skirts
  • Ground transportation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Full medical kit, GPS, satellite phone, VHF radios


  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Hotel accommodation in Puerto Pirámides
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Medical and evacuation insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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