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Highlights of Peninsula Valdés

This trip offers a truly special way to enjoy up-close encounters with southern right whales from multiple perspectives: from the shore, by boat and by kayak. Stay for two nights in the delightful town of Puerto Pirámdes on the UNESCO-protected Valdés Peninsula and travel to the best spots for watching the diverse wildlife of the region.

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





Highlights of Peninsula Valdés - 4 - $1,375

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Fly to Trelew/Puerto Madryn; Transfer to Puerto Madryn

Day 2: Whale watching trip; Puerto Pirámides

Day 3: Kayak excursion; Puerto Pirámides

Day 4: Fly from Trelew

Start from Trelew and end at Trelew

Landmarks visited on Highlights of Peninsula Valdés

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Trelew/Puerto Madryn; Transfer to Puerto Madryn

Arrive at Trelew Airport (REL), or Puerto Madryn Airport (PMY) and enjoy a private transfer with your guide/driver to your hotel in the relaxed seaside town of Puerto Madryn.

Depending on the time of your arrival and the tides, there may be chance to make a first attempt at seeing southern right whales from the coast of Puerto Madryn, at the nearby beach of El Doradillo. The best time of year for this is from June to end of September.

Otherwise, you might like to enjoy the quaint town with its museums and excellent seafood restaurants. 

Accommodation: Hotel Dazzler, Puerto Madryn 

Day 2: Whale watching trip; Puerto Pirámides

Stop in at El Doradillo beach with you guide/driver, located about 20mins from Puerto Madryn, and then continue on to Puerto Pirámides (1.5hrs) to embark on a whale watching boat ride. Take your place on the Yellow Submarine where you can see whales from under the water as well as from the surface. This is a unique experience that will give you the chance to view these magnificent, giant creatures in their environment and gain a different appreciation for their grace and beauty.

This afternoon you'll drive to the east coast of the peninsula to view elephant seals and other wildlife, such as maras (Patagonian hare), Darwin rheas, armadillos, skunks, cormorants and giant petrels on what is an equivalent to being on a Patagonian safari with your guide.

Return to Puerto Pirámides for a beautiful sunset and check-in to your hotel for the night.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hosteria del Nomade, Puerto Pirámides

Day 3: Kayak excursion; Puerto Pirámides

In the morning take a different perspective on the ocean as you enjoy a sea kayaking excursion with the opportunity to perhaps see more southern right whales from a distance. Expect to possibly sight other marine mammals such as sea-lions.

The afternoon is for your own explorations around Puerto Pirámides – you might choose to enjoy a long hike along the imposing coastal cliffs and look for whales and other wildlife from there. Alternatively, you can relax and enjoy the cool vibe which is endemic to the town and the friendly locals.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch

Accommodation: Hosteria del Nomade, Puerto Pirámides

Day 4: Fly from Trelew or Puerto Madryn

Say goodbye to the magical UNESCO-protected area of Peninsula Valdés today as you are taken by guide/driver to Trelew Airport (REL, 3hrs), Puerto Madryn Airport (PMY, 2hrs), or the town of Puerto Madryn. 

If your flight is after midday we can attempt to make another stop at El Doradillo beach, where whales dare to venture to within metres of the beach – a truly impactful sight with which to say goodbye to the region.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

4 people: USD $1,375 per person
2-3 people: USD $1,775 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

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: 3 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch
  • Accommodation: 1 night in Hotel Dazzler (inc. breakfast), 2 nights in Hosteria del Nomade (inc. breakfast)
  • Peninsula Valdes entrance fee
  • Driver/guide for private transfers
  • Whale-watching trip in the Yellow Submarine, watching whales above and below the water
  • Full-day kayaking (6hrs) with picnic lunch
  • English-speaking licensed local naturalist guide for two days
  • 24hr assistance by Swoop's local partner in Puerto Madryn


  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Drinks during lunch
  • Any optional/extra 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

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