Boasting an impressive concentration of wildlife, the Valdes Peninsula is Argentina’s principle wildlife area, set along the Patagonian Coast. It was designated as a wildlife reserve in 1967 in order to protect the ecosystem and the wildlife and birds that inhabit it. With viewpoints overlooking Bird’s Island, which is home to sea birds such as terns, cormorants, gulls, and herons, and which has trails that take you through the reserve, nature enthusiasts will no doubt enjoy this protected sanctuary. Undoubtedly the main attraction on the isthmus is the southern right whales that can be seen offshore between May and December when they arrive to give birth.
Further south you will reach Punta Tombo, where over half a million Magellan penguins can also be seen from September to March, with babies most commonly sighted from December onwards. This is another wildlife highlight of Patagonia and seabirds such as kelp and dolphin gulls, comorants, terns and giant petrels are also found here along the coastline.