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Best of Peninsula Valdés

Encounter an abundance of marine and terrestrial wildlife in this fascinating UNESCO-protected region: from penguins and seals to whales, orcas and guanacos, all while exploring the dramatic coastline of Peninsula Valdés. Spend two nights in the cosy town of Puerto Madryn and two nights at the peninsula's only village, Puerto Pirámides on this guided trip.

Are you hoping to travel before March 2023?

Patagonia's a big trip and we know how crucial it is to get it right. As you’re considering travelling in the next couple of months, we want to be upfront with you…

Finding available accommodation is proving almost impossible in Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks. While not uncommon, the pandemic has exacerbated the situation this year.

Alongside this, Swoop are also currently focused on ensuring that all of the logistics are in place for our booked travellers who are due to head south shortly.

Swoop has therefore decided to no longer accept any new bookings departing before the beginning of March 2023.

As alternative options, here’s what we suggest:

Option A:

Push your trip back and choose to travel instead in early 2023. April onwards has more accommodation options still available. The Patagonian autumnal colours are stunning and trails less crowded.

Option B:

Defer your Patagonia adventure by 12 months, benefitting by getting exactly the trip you want without compromise, and lock in plans now while there’s still good availability.

If you are able to be flexible on your travel dates, the next step would then be for us to arrange a time to talk through the options.

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Trip type

Guided Activity

Trip length

4 Days





Best of Peninsula Valdés - 4 - $1,215

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Travel to Puerto Madryn 

Day 2: Punta Loma coastal reserve; Cerro Avanzado; Puerto Madryn

Day 3: Travel to Peninsula Valdés and San Lorenzo penguin colony; Puerto Pirámides

Day 4: Kayak excursion or whale watching trip; Puerto Pirámides

Day 5: Depart Peninsula Valdés for Puerto Madryn

Start from Puerto Madryn and end at Puerto Madryn

Landmarks visited on Best of Peninsula Valdés

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Travel to Puerto Madryn

After arriving at the airport in Puerto Madryn (PMY) or nearby Trelew Airport (REL), you'll transfer by private vehicle to a local hotel. Here you'll settle into your accommodation and might like to take a walk along the beautiful coastal promenade and beach area of the town.

Puerto Madryn is a quiet town, very user-friendly for travellers and with some great seafood restaurants. You might like to hike to 'El Indio' monument which overlooks the sight where Welsh settlers first arrived in the early 18th century.

Note: Transfers from Trelew Airport – 1hr from Puerto Madryn – can easily be arranged.

Accommodation: Hotel Dazzler, Puerto Madryn 

Day 2: Punta Loma coastal reserve; Cerro Avanzado; Puerto Madryn

Your driver/guide will collect you from your hotel for a half-day excursion to the nearby  coastal reserve at Punta Loma. You'll visit the rocky coastal area renowned for its South American sea lions that take refuge on its beaches.

Located just outside Puerto Madryn at the bay at Cerro Avanzado, this is a great introduction to the wildlife of the region. At certain times of the year it can be possible to sight whales from the coast and you are bound to see several species of birds that rook in the area.

This afternoon is free for you to relax in Puerto Madryn. You might like to check out one of the museums in town, or perhaps take a local bus to Gaiman (1hr) and visit the symbol of Welsh settlement in Patagonia. Try a sumptuous afternoon tea and cakes at one of its famous tea rooms – perhaps the same one visited by Lady Diana in 1995.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Dazzler, Puerto Madryn 

Day 3: Travel to Peninsula Valdés and San Lorenzo penguin colony; Puerto Pirámides

Today you will visit the private ranch of San Lorenzo with your guide, located on the provincial protected area of Peninsula Valdés where you'll have the opportunity to walk among one of the largest and fastest growing Magellanic penguin colonies in the world – an estimated 250,000 breeding pairs call this place home! These cut little creatures never fail to fascinate as you wander the trails at their nesting site. The Magellanic penguins come to shore to breed around October and will stay until March.

Other wildlife you might expect to see with your specialist guide will be guanacos, Patagonian hares and rheas, as today you cover over 200km in total.

After visiting this fascinating area, you'll drive to the southern area of the peninsula to its only town, Puerto Pirámides, for your overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hosteria del Nomade, Puerto Pirámides

Day 4: Kayak excursion or whale watching trip; Puerto Pirámides

Today you can take a 3hr kayak excursion to view the wildlife up close. There is also the option to take a 1.5hr whale watching boat trip instead – this incurs an extra cost.

This depends on the time of year as southern right whales are only found in the area from May to September (approximately). The abundance of seals, sea-lions, dolphins and pelagic (sea-faring) birds found on these coasts mean that a visit to Valdés is worth it at any time of the year.

The afternoon is free for you to roam the wild area of Puerto Pirámides with its vast beach, endless coastline and beautiful viewpoints. Why not hike out on the nearby coastal trail to watch the setting sun over the gulf? You'll likely enjoy soaking up the Bohemian and outdoorsy atmosphere of the village with its handicraft stores, ice-cream shops and cute cafés.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hosteria del Nomade, Puerto Pirámides

Day 5: Depart Peninsula Valdés for Puerto Madryn

Today you will drive from Puerto Pirámides to Puerto Madryn with your guide/driver. Depending on the weather, season and tides, there will be a chance to stop at El Doradillo Beach to watch whales from the coast. This lesser-known protected area is the best place to spot southern right whales from the land as individuals will approach to within a few metres.

No two trips to the Peninsula are the same, but all of them leave their visitors mesmerised by the abundance of unexpected wildlife and the infinite landscapes and big-sky horizons.

After this final highlight, you'll transfer on to the town of Puerto Madryn, its airport (PMY), or the airport at Trelew (REL) 1hr away. Here you'll say goodbye to your guide/driver of the past 5 days.

Meals: Breakfast

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What our customers think of Best of Peninsula Valdés

The highlight was probably the whale watching and the penguin colony on Peninsula Valdes. The wildlife, landscape, people were amazing as usual!

Travelled: September 2018

Melanie Marin - United States Of America


Prices, Departures and Inclusions

4 people: USD $1,215 per person

2-3 people: USD $1,715 per person


Departures can be set up on a date of your choice and the trip can be tailored to meet your requirements.


Please get in touch for more information.

Additional Notes

Group size – 6 maximum, 2 minimum

Whale-watching - USD $70 per person. This activity needs to be booked in advance to guarantee a suitable time. Please contact us for more information.

Wildlife – The wildlife which can be seen on your trip will depend on what time of year you visit the area and is subject to the weather conditions. Please see our wildlife guide to Peninsula Valdes.


  • Meals: As indicated in itinerary
  • Accommodation: 2 nights in Hotel Dazzler (inc. breakfast), 2 nights in Hosteria del Nomade (inc. breakfast)
  • Entrance fee to Punta Loma coastal reserve and Peninsula Valdés reserve
  • Naturalist guide for all included excursions (except kayaking, where a certified sea-kayaking guide will accompany you)
  • Half-day guided excursion to Punta Loma and Cerro Avanzado
  • Half-day kayaking (3hrs) from Puerto Piramides (small group activity)
  • Private transfers as indicated in itinerary
  • Full-day excursion to Peninsula Valdes with visit and lunch at San Lorenzo penguin colony
  • 24hr assistance from Swoop's local partner in Puerto Madryn


  • Whale-watching trip
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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