Península Valdés: Located on the Northwest coast of the province of Chubut, this protected natural area, designated by UNESCO a World Natural Heritage Site in 1999, is the most important attraction of the Patagonian Coast given its biological and geographical characteristics.
Whales, elephants and sea lions, Magellanic penguins, dolphins, orcas, numerous species of land fauna and marine birds become the main characters of the visit in a unique natural environment chosen by the lovers of nature.
Puerto Pirámides: Going back to the provincial route No. 2 and after travelling about 25 km you reach the town of Puerto Piramides, the only village and center of services of Peninsula Valdes. Here you can perform adventure activities and wildlife watching tours on a boat (whales from June through December and sea lions in the Summer season). Through a gravel road, a few minutes from this place, you can visit Punta Pirámide where you will find a colony of reproducing sea lions and a cormorant rookery. They can be observed from December through March.
From Puerto Piramides towards Caleta Valdés, Punta Norte or Punta Delgada you will have to travel on gravel roads within approximately 75 Km until you reach each of these places where the fauna keepers assists visitors and supervises the proper development of the tourist activity.
Punta Delgada: In this southern end of the Peninsula there is a colony of elephant seals that can be seen from the public lookout point from 10 am to 4 pm.
A country hotel exists in this area which offers a restaurant service.
Caleta Valdés: An important geographical feature formed by a strip of land of 30 km and inner islands and a great landscape beauty. There we can find a large colony of elephant seals (Mirounga leonina). Animals can be seen from lookout points located on the cliff and the interpretation path to reach the creek opening. In the reproduction and breeding season orcas can be eventually seen.
Only 2 km to the north there is a small colony of Magellanic penguins (from September through March approx.)
The area has restrooms, a restaurant and shops that sell regional products.
Punta Norte: An important breeding colony of sea lions (Otaria flavescens) and elephant seals. The operating unit has an interpretation center, a mini shop and restrooms.
In this area it is possible to watch orcas from October to April together with the offspring of sea lions and elephants seals. The ideal time to visit is that of the high tide of the day. This information can be requested at the entrance of the Protected Area.
Punta Loma: This reserve was created on 29th September 1967 by Provincial Law 697, being one of the first wildlife reserves of the conservation system of the province of Chubut. Following the Almirante Brown Boulevard to the southeaast, passing the university, to the right, is the gravel access to the colony of sea lions. You can access this place after travelling 14 km and paying the ticket. In the reserve we can find a lookout point located on a rift overlooking the Golfo Nuevo, where you will be able to see the colony of South American sea lions (Otaria Flavescens).
There is also a path in the place where you can observe and interpret the typical flora of the region. It should be noted that this reserve can be visited throughout the year considering low tide times. After traveling 3 km on the same gravel road to the south you will arrive at Cerro Avanzado Beach, which is called like this due to the physiognomy of the place, the sedimentary formation walls of a million years which keep in their strata fossil remains of oysters and marine vertebrates. Returning to Puerto Madryn on the same route, it is possible to stop at the different gulf beaches: Playa del Pozo, Playa Parana, Punta Este and Playa Kaiser. This tour is perfect for those who practice mountain bike as a sport.