The Valdes Peninsula is known for its vast steppes and rugged coastline, which turns it into a spectacular wildlife reserve. Sea life frolics on land or in the sheltered gulfs North and South. The Southern Right Whales come to mate and give birth near these shores in late July and stay here until the end of November. You can watch them as they play in the sea, diving, tailing and splashing water all around…
Southern elephant seals (Miorunga leonine) and southern sea lions (Otaria flavescent) can be seen in Caleta Valdés, Punta Norte and Punta Delgada. Small penguin colonies spread through the coasts, and a very large rookery of Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) nests in Punta Tombo, an easy off site for the day.
Many steppe animals are easily sighted on the way: guanacos, Darwin’s rhea (South American ostrich), and maras (Patagonian hare) hopping in the countryside, as well as the elegant Crested Tinamou, the Hairy Armadillo, and its smaller relative, the Patagonian pichi armadillo.
Bahía Bustamante is an excellent off the beaten path alternative for avid nature lovers to admire the diversity and richness of the new Maritime Coast National Park and an extremely well conserved petrified forest.
In Santa Cruz Province, you’ll find Puerto Deseado, originally named Port Desire by English explorer Sir Thomas Cavendish in the 16th Century. The quiet beauty of this estuary is home to the Commerson´s Dolphin and a stunning variety of cormorants. And not without a good dose of adventure, an hour zodiac ride would allow you to visit the only Rockhopper Penguin colony in the whole Patagonian coast.