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Peninsula Valdés Self-Drive Safari

Peninsula Valdés is a wildlife lover’s paradise where you get close to elephant seals, sea lions, Magellanic penguins, southern right whales and orcas in various locations in the area. The freedom and flexibility of driving yourself is an excellent way to experience the region, with our local partners on-hand to assist every step of the way.

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Trip type


Trip length

5 Days





Peninsula Valdés Self-Drive Safari - 5 Days - $1,736

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Drive from Trelew Airport to Puerto Madryn; Hotel Peninsula

Day 2: Explore Peninsula Valdes; Hotel Del Nomade

Day 3: Marine life/seal colony in Punta Delgada; Hotel Del Nomade

Day 4: Southern right whale watching; Hotel Peninsula

Day 5: Drive to Trelew Airport

Start from Trelew and end at Trelew

Landmarks visited on Peninsula Valdés Self-Drive Safari

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Trelew Aiport to Puerto Madryn; Hotel Peninsula

Upon arrival at Trelew Airport you'll pick up your rental car and drive towards Peninsula Valdés. This route takes you through the dry, desert-like scrubland of the Patagonian plains and on to Peninsula Valdés National Reserve which juts out into the Atlantic Ocean.

You'll stay in Puerto Madryn – a pretty town which is both the gateway to Peninsula Valdés and a wildlife destination in its own right. There will be the opportunity to see penguins and whales with a walk along the long sandy coast, and experience the welcoming atmosphere at the port by evening. You'll also be able to watch the sun set over the bay from your comfort of your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Peninsula, Puerto Madryn

Day 2: Explore Peninsula Valdes; Hotel Del Nomade

Start the day by exploring the north of the peninsula, with visits to San Lorenzo and Punta Norte. There's a trail at San Lorenzo which gives you plenty of opportunities to watch the prancing, chatter and disputes of the penguins in this, the largest Magellanic penguin colony in the area. You'll also see guanacos (grazing animals similar to llama), maras (Patagonian hares) and rheas.

Continue along the coast to the Punta Norte Wildlife Reserve which is famous as the site where orca and killer whales have developed a unique hunting technique for ambushing sea lion pups at high tide, momentarily beaching themselves in the process.

Into the afternoon, you'll drive south along the coast past Caleta Valdés to see more wildlife, finishing at Punta Delgada, on the Golfo Nuevo and home to the largest colony of elephant seals on the peninsula.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Del Nomade, Puerto Pirámides

Day 3: Marine life/seal colony in Punta Delgada; Hotel Del Nomade

Punta Delgada is home an elephant seal colony which is not to be missed if you're staying between late June and September. Spend the morning close to these giants of the sea, and take the time to watch the abundant marine life to be discovered year-round on the beaches of Punta Delgada.

In the afternoon, you can take an optional excursion from Punta Delgada. You'll be able to arrange this with the hotel guides beforehand and there will be options such as guided treks and horse riding through the cliffs.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Del Nomade, Puerto Pirámides

Day 4: Southern right whale watching; Hotel Peninsula

The day starts in Puerto Pirámides for a whale-watching boat trip into the Puerto Pirámides Bay. This sheltered bay provides protection for the female southern right whales during the breeding season (June to December). At this time there are dozens of whales around the bay and these huge, incredible creatures come very close to the boat, so you really do get to understand their sheer size.

In the afternoon, head to Puerto Madryn to see yet more southern right whales from the southern coastline at El Doradillo beach where you'll literally have them basking right in front of you. You might want to head to Puerto Loma, a little further on, to see sea lions in their natural habitat.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Peninsula, Puerto Madryn

Day 5: Drive to Trelew Airport

Today you drive back 1hr to Trelew Airport to drop off your rental car and catch your onward flight. If you have time in the morning you may be able to fit in a visit to the MEF Dinosaur Museum, relating the tale of the world's largest dinosaurs that used to inhabit Patagonia.

Meals: Breakfast

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The 2023/24 season price for two people sharing a standard room is USD $1,736 per person


Book now to guarantee your place and price for the 2024-25 season. The operator's final price may be slightly higher when they confirm their rates in the coming weeks; we guarantee you will not pay more for your trip if you book before then. If the final rate is less than initially quoted to you, the lower rate will be honoured.


The 2024/25 season price, on the same basis as above, is from USD $1,910 per person


Please contact us to discuss your preferred departure dates.

Additional Notes

Wildlife – Wildlife on the peninsula varies massively between the seasons. See our guide for more information.

Single supplement – The single supplement is USD $208.

Accommodation – The hotels mentioned in the itinerary are suggested only. There are different levels of accommodation available in both Puerto Madryn and Puerto Pirámides.


  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, plus lunch and dinner on Day 3
  • Accommodation: 1 night in Puerto Madryn, 3 nights in Puerto Piramides
  • Whale watching excursion
  • Car rental with insurance (excesses do apply)
  • Airport pick up surcharge
  • Hotel and car hire taxes
  • Trip notes, route maps, hotel maps and 24hr emergency assistance from our local partner


  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • National park entrance fees
  • Any optional activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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