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Peninsula Valdés Wildlife In Depth

Along the shores of the UNESCO-protected Peninsula Valdés is an impressive and unusual variety of both marine and terrestrial fauna. Witness waddling penguins, seals, the mass migration of sea birds and orcas that hunt along the peninsula's dramatic coastline, all while basing yourself at one of the region's best estancias.

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Trip type


Trip length

4 Days





Peninsula Valdés Wildlife In Depth - 4 Days - $4,375

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Whale watching boat trip; Estancia Rincón Chico

Days 2 & 3: Wildlife encounters; Estancia Rincón Chico

Day 4: Transfer to Trelew Airport

Start from Trelew and end at Trelew

Landmarks visited on Peninsula Valdés Wildlife In Depth

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Whale watching boat trip; Estancia Rincón Chico

Your guide/driver will meet you at either Puerto Madryn Airport (PMY) or Trelew Airport (REL) and take you into the vast Peninsula Valdés for you first wildlife encounter at Puerto Pirámides.

In the early afternoon you'll take a medium-sized motor boat to enjoy a whale watching trip in the protected waters of Golfo Novo. This fascinating excursion will get you up close to the impressive south right whale, when in season (Jun to Sept), and provide a unique, up-close and intimate whale watching experience as mothers gently nurse their calves. If not in season, an alternative wildlife excursion will be suggested which might include visiting a sea lion colony by kayak or on foot, or exploring another section of Peninsula Valdés.

In the early evening, you'll arrive at the comfortable Estancia Rincón Chico, situated on Peninsula Valdés, and will enjoy your first night under the Patagonian stars with the warm hospitality of the staff. Everything about your stay in the cosy, authentic and comfortable ranch will be memorable. Located on private land, far from any towns, and surrounded by curious wildlife, you'll truly fell like you're in the wilds of Patagonia.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Estancia Rincón Chico

Days 2 & 3: Wildlife encounters; Estancia Rincón Chico

Whilst staying at Estancia Rincón Chico we will focus on watching elephant seals and looking for orcas along the nearby coast with our local naturalist guide and vehicle. There are numerous places we could visit, including Punta Norte, Caleta Valdés or Punta Delgada. The exact itinerary will be decided the day before with your expert guide, so as to give the best opportunity to see the most interesting animals at any given time.

In addition, you can expect to see maras (Patagonian hare), Darwin rheas, Magellanic penguins, armadillos, skunks, cormorants, and giant petrels. Sea mammals such as southern elephant seals and South American sea-lions might be visible at certain spots. If orcas are in season (Jan-Mar) you might be lucky enough to see the mothers training their calves in the art of beaching themselves in order to catch the sea-lions trying to enter the water. This is the only place in the world where this phenomenon occurs.

Back at the lodge, the staff will make sure you're well fed, well-watered and well looked-after during your stay. The nosey neighbours, the guanacos, will likely approach the building to say a friendly Hola.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Estancia Rincón Chico

Day 4: Transfer to Puerto Madryn Airport or Trelew Airport

You'll take a transfer back to Puerto Madryn Airport (PMY, 2hrs), or Trelew Airport (REL, 3hrs) from where you can travel on to Buenos Aires or elsewhere in Argentine Patagonia.

Meals: Breakfast

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The 2023/24 season price of USD $4,375 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

Order of activities – The order of activities may be altered according to weather conditions and tides to ensure the best wildlife viewing experience. The more days you dedicate to trying to spot orcas at Punta Norte, the better your chances. They only strand themselves to prey on sea lion pups for about 15-20 days a year in February.

Self-guided option – A self-guided option is available at a price of USD $2,855 per person based on two people sharing. This does not include vehicle rental.       

Single supplement – The single supplement at the Estancia Rincón Chico is USD $590 per person. 

Budget accommodation option – A similar programme, but with budget accommodation at Del Nomade Eco Hosteria in Puerto Piramides, is available at a cost of USD $3,051 per person based on two or three people sharing; single supplement of USD $295 per person. The self-guided option for this alternate trip is USD $650 per person.


  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches, 3 dinners
  • Accommodation: 3 nights at Estancia Rincón Chico
  • Excursions as indicated in itinerary 
  • Private transfers from/to Puerto Madryn Airport or Trelew Airport
  • English and Spanish speaking guide


  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Drinks during lunch and dinner
  • Any extra/optional excursions 
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
  • Car rental (for self-guided option)

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