Most visitors to Argentina do not realize how diverse and vast the Patagonia region is. It encompasses snowy glaciers, staggering mountains, and rugged coastline. Along this coastline lies Puerto Madryn and the area of Peninsula Valdes, one of the most magnificent places for spotting Patagonia animals.
Peninsula Valdes is a UNESCO World Heritage site focused on the conservation and preservation of different species of animals – especially marine mammals. Depending on the time of year, a variety of different Patagonia animals can be seen, including the southern right whale, the spectacular black and white orca, along with elephant seals, several varieties of dolphins and thousands of penguins.
As is common during the early spring, the swimmer birds reach the coasts of Chubut to participate in the cycle of reproduction, hatching & training chicks. In this period, the young penguins also change plumage, signifying the change into adulthood. It is expected that at the end of the season, the colony will exceed one million members.
This is a very important event for the country and because of that the Secretary of Tourism developed “The penguin’s vigil” – an uninterrupted, 72-hour live-stream video of the arrival of Magellanic penguins. Now, this amazing and natural event can be shared with the rest of the world. Check the videos here.
The perfect season to visit this region has started: While the sea lions and the elephant seals stay in the region for the entire year, the colony of penguins will stay until the middle of April and whales until the middle of December.
This is truly a paradise for those who love outdoor activities, nature and wildlife – as it offers the possibility to appreciate many different Patagonia animals in their natural environment from a closer perspective! If you’re feeling particularly inspired, talk to Say Hueque about booking one of our Puerto Madryn Tours!