Puerto Madryn treasures a unique touristic value and strategic location, being the largest service center in the Patagonian coast and the gateway to the Península Valdes, declared World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1999.

Peninsula Valdes

Located on the Northwest coast of the Provincia de Chubut, this protected Natural Area, constitutes the most important attraction in the Patagonian Coast, given its  biological and geographical features. 

Whales, elephants and sea lions, Magallanes penguins, dolphins, orcas, many terrestrial fauna species and marine birds become the protagonists of the visit, in a unique natural environment chosen by nature lovers.

Isla de los Pájaros

Going down a gravel road towards the Golfo San Jose, there is the Isla de los Pájaros, an important seabird colony, which also has a small interpretation center and viewers, since the island cannot be visited since 1974 for being a protected zone.

The replica of the chapel of Fort San Jose, destroyed by a raid in 1810, has remained as a witness of the old Spanish settlement of 1779.

Puerto Pirámides

Returning to the Provincial Route 2 and after travelling about 25 km, there is the town of Puerto Pirámides, the only service center of the Península Valdes, where it is possible to practice adventure activities and fauna watching in boats (June to December whales and sea lions in Summer). A few minutes away from this place, Punta Pirámide, there is a interesting reproduction colony of sea lions and a cormoran rookery that can be observed from December to March.

From Puerto Piramides and to Caleta Valdes, Punta Norte and Punta Delgada people must travel on gravel roads for about 75 km approximately, up to each one of these points. The wardens attend visitors and take care of the smooth development of the tourist activity.

Punta Delgada

In the south extreme of the Península, there is a colony of elephant seals that can be seen from a great location from 10 to 4pm.
There is a countryside hotel with restaurant service.

Caleta Valdes

This is an important geographical accident that consists of a strip of land of 30 km of extension and inner islands with a great beautiful view. There, an important colony of elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) may be observed from lookout points located on the cliff and an interpretation path to reach the mouth of the creek. Eventually, in the reproduction and breeding season orcas can be observed.
Only 2 km to the north there is a small colony of Magallanes penguins (September to March approximatelly)
The area has restrooms, restaurant and regional shop facilities.

Punta Norte

This is an important reproductive colony of sea lions (Otaria flavescens) and elephant seals. The operating unit has an Interpretation Center, a small shop and restrooms.
In this area, there are chances to watch orcas from October to April, along with the presence of lions and elephant calves. The ideal time to visit it is during the period of high tide of the day, that can be consulted at the entrance to the protected area.

 

Punta Loma

This mainland reserve was created on September 29, 1967 by the Provincial Law No. 697, being one of the first wildlife reserve conservation system in the Provincia del Chubut. Following the Almirante Brown Boulevard to the southeast, past the University, at the right side, there is the gravel access to the sea lions caves after travelling 14 km. In the reserve there are observatories with a beautiful sight of the Golfo Nuevo and the sea lions (Otaria flavescens).

Punta Tombo

From Puerto Madryn to the south, along the National Route No. 3. and after 112 km, passing through the city of Trelew, we reach the intersection with the Provincial Route No. 75. After 21 km, there is the access to the Provincial Route No. 1-gravel -. Finally, after 38 km, there is Punta Tombo Natural Protected Area, the largest continental reserve of Magallanes Penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) with a population of more than 400,000 adult animals. There is an entrance fee. Its facilities are a bar and restrooms.

Doradillo

It is located 15 km from the city of Puerto Madryn covering a 3 km area parallel to the coastal beach, from Punta Arco to Cerro Prismatico, for over 25 km. It was created in the year 2001 under the management category V (IUCN): "PROTECTED LAND AND SEA", by the Municipal Ordinance No. 4263/01. In the year 2003 a Management Plan and Protected Area Development establishes the Doradillo strategies and actions to achieve the objectives of the creation of the area.

 

The main attraction is the seaside watching of the Franca Austral Whale (Eubalaena australis) that gather there every year between the months of June and October, so as to mate and nurse their calves. The shape of its coasts makes more attractive the whale-watching, as they can be seen just a few meters from the beach. The infinite beauty of the place and the fortune of being able to watch these marine mammals from the coast, have converted this area in a unique place, very popular among residents and tourists, both domestic and foreign.

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