Puerto Piramides ATM in Peninsula Valdés

Puerto Piramides  ATM in Peninsula Valdés

To the side of the Avenue of the Whales in Puerto Piramides, there is the only ATM in all Valdés Peninsula, from its cabin may make withdrawals only note.If you come to Puerto Piramides and you plan to pay with credit cards, there are just a few places enabled, in the Eco Lodge it is Posible pay with VISA.

Puerto Piramides  ATM in Peninsula Valdés

Travel tips and review of transportation options for Patagonia Argentina

Travel tips and review of transportation options for Patagonia Argentina

It is a precaution to maintain a moderate speed on the road from Puerto Madryn to Puerto Piramides,
while the construction company are completing the final stages of the fence to the sides of the road, keep in mind that the fence stops the sheep, cows and horses, but not the guanacos which are great jumpers and this animals is one of the  mammal native to the Valdes Peninsula . Guanacos are masters and lords of the Nature Reserve.

Travel tips and review of transportation options for Patagonia Argentina

It is a precaution to maintain a moderate speed on the road from Puerto Madryn to Puerto Piramides,
 keep in mind that the fence stops the sheep, cows and horses, but not the guanacos which are great jumpers and this animals is one of the  mammal native to the Valdes Peninsula . Guanacos are masters and lords of the Nature Reserve.

Peninsula Valdes Climate

Peninsula Valdes Climate
Sunset in Puerto Piramides Patagonia Argentina
The maritime climate characteristics make annual temperature variation relatively small. The annual
range of the average monthly temperature is 10 ° C, with monthly averages of 18°C (64.4ºF) in
summer and 8°C (46.4ºF) in winter. General aspects of the climate of the peninsula are the same that characterise the climate of the northern Patagonia region, modified locally by interactions between the atmosphere and adjacent water sources.

Mountain Bike in Peninsula ValdesThe variables measured by the CENPAT are based on data from the weather station in the city of Puerto Madryn, a city for which the climate of Puerto Piramides has variations in rainfall and sheltered from winds.
Predominate in Patagonia and are generally from the West. Puerto Piramides suffers Southwest wind blow and is completely exposed by its geographical location. During the winter North and Northwest winds are wetter because the anticyclone is located over the Atlantic Ocean. During the summer, northerly winds have more of a continental influence as the anticyclone runs to the west and in consequence, becomes drier.

Sunset in Puerto PiramidesAnother phenomenon that occurs in the Nuevo Gulf during the summer is the sea breeze effect. The increase in solar radiation and low water availability in the soil causes large thermal amplitudes i.e., a marked difference in temperature between the continental coast and the waters of the Nuevo Gulf.
Winds from the SW and W blow for about 38% of the time in summer and more than 50% in winter. In spring and particularly in summer, we see an increase in the frequency of winds from the east and northeast.

Punta Loma the first provincial animal reserve in Puerto Madryn

Punta Loma the first provincial animal reserve in Puerto Madryn

Punta Loma is a seal colony , 17 km from Puerto Madryn, is the oldest reserve in the province of Chubut, was established on 29 September 1967. It has two main viewpoints for the sea lions observation, from the cliff.

Punta Loma the first provincial animal reserve in Puerto Madryn

It also has an interpretive path, with local flora, it´s very interesting. In the Patagonian steppe,there are not much rain, the plants grow but not like trees, have several decades to reach two meters in height.

Punta Loma the first provincial animal reserve in Puerto Madryn

In this reserve there are two houses, which are now inhabited by the family of long-standing park rangers, which are Diego and Rosana Conchillo. Several years ago were working and residing in our beloved town Puerto Piramides.

Punta Loma the first provincial animal reserve in Puerto Madryn

Knowing the area, tourists can get much information from the knowledge of these people trained in the care of the place and dealing with visitors.

You can watch this video about Punta Loma sea lions reserve:

Satellite whales Census in Peninsula Valdes

Scientists have demonstrated a new method for counting whales from space, using a very high-resolution satellite and image-processing software to automatically detect the great mammals at or near the ocean surface. We leave you the link in a BBC radio interview. On the census of whales. very interesting.

Conservation at El Doradillo, María Cabrera Leading the Head

María Cabrera is the head of Conservation of the Protected Natural Area El Doradillo
Since 2005, María Cabrera is the head of Conservation of the Protected Natural Area El Doradillo. During the shore whale watching season peak from these privileged beaches, we take the opportunity to have a conversation with her.

What is the Protected Area El Doradillo all about?
The aim of creating a protected natural area at El Doradillo is to achieve the preservation of a truly magical place in time, not only for us here and now, but for future generations. It is necessary to create these vast stretches of preserved areas to restrict the fierce depredation we human beings are inflicting on unprotected areas.

Whale watching from the Protected Area El Doradillo

This protected area was created by the Municipality of Puerto Madryn in 2001, and 2 years later, a management plan was drafted stating goals to carry out actions for preserving its biodiversity and natural resources, providing education, and offering services and equipment for visitors' public use.

During the Whale Watching Season, we are continually visited by the local media, as well as by provincial and national media, where we have the great responsibility of spreading the news on this wonderful place in the most serious way. We are the ‘visible face’ from El Doradillo.

She coordinates a team of local park rangers, who are in charge of carrying out field tasks, mainly controlling and supervising, educating on environmental basics, and informing visitors during the whole year.

ANP El Doradillo Facebook pageThis year, we are delighted to celebrate the 10 years of this program of environmental education with a photo contest. This sustained program is carried out by the Municipality of Puerto Madryn, and it is participative, as it includes voluntary students from high-school 728, who take part in recreational activities for children on the beach and are the tourist guides in charge of providing information during bus trips towards El Doradillo, and afterwards, of creating experiences with children for them to enjoy the wonderful behavior of whales in full reproductive period, and the environment in general. Each and every opportunity is taken.

Southern Mountain Cavy – The Rodent from El Doradillo
Southern Mountain Cavy – The Rodent from El Doradillo
While the center of attention is the presence of whales, we take interpretative walks where we lecture about the flora, the birds, the southern mountain cavy, and we also share good environmental practices. We promote the importance of not leaving waste materials in the protected area, of not using local vegetation to make fire, and of taking care of dunes and beaches. We also underline the significance of respecting paths and of caring about a place as vulnerable as the Patagonic desert, where the human imprint immediately makes a mark.

 Patagonic Piche
 Patagonic Piche 
Creating environmental awareness in 4th grade children is the ultimate goal. During educational sessions at schools, we provide information on different topics, such as conservation and protected areas, tourism, steppe fauna and flora, biology of the southern right whale, and a specially dedicated approach on El Doradillo. With the intention of drawing the local community closer to the values El Doradillo holds as a protected area, since locals are the most frequent visitors to the different beaches, mainly in summer, we consider it significant to convey those values and to spread them among Puerto Madryn children.

educational sessions at schools

‘Getting to know the place helps to preserve it as it is. We promote the place for the general public, as well as for the local community, so that they can own El Doradillo and take it dear to their heart, and decide to preserve it themselves.’

Some time ago, I worked with a team of Patagonic referents, specialists in managing protected areas regarding ISO Standards for public use in protected areas.

 Protected Area El Doradillo
Last year, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) selected El Doradillo as the venue for a specific workshop addressed to Latin American and Caribbean referents in protected areas. It was an intensive one-week workshop featuring very prominent lecturers where we all learned a lot and shared experiences. At the end, we worked in groups and drafted proposals for public use, which now have been adopted in El Doradillo with a view to improving services for visitors without negatively impacting on the conservation of the place.

Whale watching from shore in El Doradillo Protected Area
These days, we are working with the national system for tourist quality of the National Ministry of Tourism to enhance quality in each and every process we implement in managing the protected area. We have already attained distinction in management guidelines, and we now head towards revalidating such guidelines and gaining the national award for quality. Receiving and assisting scientists who do research in El Doradillo is also part of our job. When I began to work, my office was the field itself. I spent my whole day collecting and sorting data, taking photos and talking to people, both in winter and in summer – either warmly equipped, or shrinking into the shadows. Always with the management plan in hand, looking for ways to fit the area out for visitors, while trying to minimize all impacts to the least. We also keep statistical records that serve us as input for planning.

ANP El Doradillo Facebook page

María reminds us that the Puerto Madryn Secretary of Tourism is launching the photo contest to celebrate 10 years of ‘Madryn Children Welcome Whales’ in which all children who attended the educational program since 2004 to 2013 can take part. The rules are simple, and available at ANP El Doradillo Facebook page.

Sand from Peninsula Valdes and its hypnotic magic

Sand from Valdes Peninsula and his hypnotic magic

Photographically speaking the sand dunes on the Peninsula Valdes there are very attractive. Those forms that seem capricious, not so, follow the shape imposed by the wind moving them with patience and perseverance.

Sand from Valdes Peninsula and his hypnotic magic

The sand is a set of disintegrated rock particles. In geology called composite sand particles whose size varies between 0.063 and 2 mm. An individual particle in this range is called grain of sand.

Sand from Valdes Peninsula and his hypnotic magic

A dune is an accumulation of sand, generated by the wind, in this case in the coastline. When the wind has a dominant direction, the dunes take the form of a C with the convex side against the prevailing wind. These dunes generally move,pushed by the wind. The speed of advance of the dunes is inversely proportional to its size and the smaller dunes reach the majors, with the merging and that will help increase the size. When the dune reaches a significant size, more than 4 m, begins to detach as many grains of sand at both ends of the C, giving rise to new small dunes, which to be faster than large ones, move away from the dune mother, to achieve more and then continue the cycle.

Tips for experts:
 Alejandro Avampini nature photographer, owner of Del Nomade Eco Lodge, presents his photo shop gallery and you can find articles with sand, marine mammals and the amazing Peninsula Valdes. Just 1 click away.

La Esperanza Wildlife refuge - Patagonia Argentina

 This wildlife was filmed in La Esperanza refuge, which was created in 2003 when conservationists from Fundación Patagonia Natural with the support of the World Land Trust brought this land from a sheep farmer and turned it into a protected area. The grassland and bushes of the Patagonian scrub are recovering from more than 100 years of overgrazing, but now the sheep have been replaced by native guanacos, whose numbers here have risen from 100 to over 850. The guanacos' successful population increase has lured back their top predator: the puma. A natural balance is being restored.

La Esperanza Wildlife refuge - Patagonia Argentina

Right Whale in Peninsula Valdes - Increase your knowledge

Right Whale in Peninsula Valdes

Between May and December, Southern Right Whales visit our shores to breed and raise their calves. Embark on an unforgettable experience by observing them in their natural habitat. Increase your knowledge by reading something about their behaviour, physiognomy and food.

Right Whale in Peninsula Valdes - Sunset

Adult male: 14m
Adult female: 15m
Newborn: between 4 / 5 m.

Adult male: 40tons
Adult female: 45tons
Newborn: between 2 and 3 tons

Like other whales, the Southern Right migrates twice each year: a trophic or feeding migration, to areas rich in zooplankton, near the Antarctic Convergence; and a reproductive migration towards coastal temperate waters, which provide a calm refuge from adverse weather conditions that they can suffer in the open sea and which would be risky for newborn calves.

Right Whales Mother and Calf in Puerto Piramides

The Southern Right Whale, has ample space in the ocean where it spends its life. Those born in the Gulf Nuevo and Gulf San Jose not necessarily return every year to the Peninsula. They have welldefined areas for their fall and summer migrations and can travel thousands of miles on each trip.

Right Whales Mother and Calf in Peninsula Valdes

In fall, a time for breeding, they move northward as far as latitude 20 degrees. The furthest north where some groups can be seen is on the coast of Brazil, in South America, and between Mozambique and the island of Madagascar in Africa. They are also found in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Whale watching in Peninsula Valdes

Arriving in December, they migrate back towards the feeding area around the 55th.the ICB (Whale Conservation Institute), it is estimated that in the winter-spring season, the whale population of Peninsula Valdés reachs over 600 individuals, the largest concentration of whales of this species in any breeding area. The calm waters of the gulf Nuevo and gulf San José , are very attractive to calves when learning to breathe, and are also favoured by whales at mating time.

Right Whale in Peninsula Valdes - spy-hopping

Unlike the dolphins, which have a social structure of close ties, the whales do not form herds but rather solitary lives. In the mating and breeding area they can be seen in small groups, generally of less than six individuals and disperse after copulation The mothercalf units, breaks when the calf is weaned, which usually occurs during the reproductive migration of the mother.

Right Whale in Peninsula Valdes - spy-hopping

The whale jumps often and it also remains long periods with the tail out of the water, hitting the surface with fins and tail causing a sea foam explosion. They are very curious, often leaning vertically in a position known as “espionage” or “spy-hopping” 

Orca attack in Peninsula Valdes Short video - Hight adrenaline

 We leave here the link for you to have access to and enjoy this adventure.

Orca attack in Peninsula Valdes

Out of the water, most seals would have every right to feel out of harms way. But off the coast of Argentina, the local killer whales have made even shore a dangerous place to be - by learning to safely beach themselves. With a powerful burst of speed the six-tonne mammals are able to rush onto the shore to ambush seal pups before sliding back into the water on the smooth stones.

Orca Season in Punta Norte Valdes Peninsula Patagonia Argentina.

orcas season in Peninsula Valdes Patagonia Argentina

Between late February and late April you can see the Orcas from shore.At Punta Norte sea lions colony. The high tide mark is the likely timetable orcas attack. There are 2 high tides per day and 2 low tides, with an interim period stationary, about 20 minutes. The schedule of the tide goes out running every day between 20 minutes and a little over an hour later with respect to the previous day.

Peninsula Valdes - Patagonia Refuge of the Monsters

Peninsula Valdes - Patagonia Refuge of the Monsters

Peninsula Valdes is one of the priorities for naturalists visiting the South American continent, and it is perhaps because this is the place where the observation of the great whales is easyer.
New Atlantis made this spectacular Documentary: Enjoy It!!


Every year during the month of July, the whales arrive to these shores of Patagonia to give birth and raise their calves. His gentle nature makes approaching to them possible to enjoying the wonderful spectacle of his jumps in the sea. Approaching the austral summer, in the month of November, these giants leave the coast of Peninsula Valdes to head south in search of more water rich in krill, their main food.

Turkey Vulture in the skies of Peninsula Valdes

Turkey Vulture in the skies of Peninsula Valdes

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) is a bird of the vulture family , which can be found all across the Americas. In the different countries of the continent, it has different names, such as buzzard, aura, or just vulture. In Peninsula Valdes, it is one of the largest of the vultures, with a red head, blackish plumage, more brown on the upper surface of the wings. The underside of the flight feathers are grey, creating a sharp contrast. The head is small in proportion to the body and has no feathers - in adults it is reddish and in juveniles, it is black.

Turkey Vulture in the skies of Peninsula Valdes

It weighs between 1.4 and 2.7 kg, measures 60-76 cm in length and has a wingspan of up to 2 meters.
It glides with wings in a “V” shape and often sways in a way that gives the impression that it is drunk.
It’s typically seen in Puerto Piramides, flying around the valley, and taking advantage of thermal wind generated by the hills that protect the town from east to west, on the north side.

Turkey Vulture in the skies of Peninsula Valdes

The turkey vulture is a scavenger, ranging over large distances and finding carrion with a keen sense of smell. Typically, it will feed on the carcasses of sea lions, guanaco, hares and rabbits. If it finds a large piece of carrion, such as a calf, it will circle over it, to let other vultures know where the carcass is.

Alejandro Avampini presents his photographic work on Google+

Alejandro Avampini nature photographer, owner of Del Nomade Eco Lodge, presents his gallery on Google+   25 years of photographic images began appearing on a daily basis. If you have Gmail you can attach to your circles. Currently, he upload photos and interact with those who leave comments or questions. Destinations from around the world. Different cultures and wildlife, beautiful beaches along with eternal ice, share this space of photographic art. All are invited:

Neotropic Cormorant in Peninsula Valdes

 Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocórax olivaceus) is frequently seen flying swiftly, striking the water with a straight and accurate flight, and occasionally touching the surface with the tip of the wings.
Neotropic Cormorant in Peninsula ValdesThis species is primarily piscivorous. However, these observations suggest that, unlike the King cormorant and the Rock shag, the diet of this species is characterized by a high proportion of fish moving in schools and near the surface such as the smelt and bottom fish as bass. In marine environments, this cormorant has been observed feeding both individually and in flocks. It feeds mainly in shallow coastal waters (less than 1.3 km and not more than 10 m depth). After diving in search of food, it is common to see it with spread wings to the sun on a branch, drying off. The neotropic cormorant builds nests with branches cemented with their own guano. marine invertebrates (cephalopods, polychaetes and crustaceans). It usually feeds in shallow water (no more than 10 m) and offshore (no further than 5 km).

Chubut in a video full of nature and adventure.

Chubut, just released a video that promotes natural attractions, adventure activities and the different possibilities that a visitor can enjoy in this province full of nature. Of course Puerto Piramides activities are brilliant, as each destination. If anyone still doubts come to see this video. Here we are.
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Chubut in a video full of nature and adventure
Chubut in a video full of nature and adventure

Choique Patagonian Simbol at Peninsula Valdes

Choique Patagonian Simbol at Peninsula Valdes

Choique (Ptemenemia pemiata) It is the Patagonia symbol. Source of inspiration for stories and legends, the rhea is so present in folklore as in all the paths in Patagonia. It is a large , herbivorous, flightless bird. They use their soft wings as stabilizers, and are fast runners. It is one of the two “American ostriches”, but unlike its African relative has three toes instead of two.

Choique Patagonian Simbol at Peninsula Valdes
Females lay 8-10 eggs which are incubated by the male. He also assumes parental responsibility for the “charitos”, who follow him for most of the summer. In winter they form mixed groups of males, females and juveniles. The harem is composed of one male and one to fifteen females. This varies by region and is very much dependent on the availability of food. The male measures 1.50 meters and weigh up to 30 kilos; the female is smaller in height.

Leyend of the Mocovies Tribe and thesouthern cross:
The old chief recalled that his father had told him that Manic, the rhea, was the animal with the most beautiful feathers.
The chief sent for the best hunter in the tribe: Nemec, an agile and faithful youth. The boy looked his best weapons.
He has never seen a rhea - this mysterious bird was unknown in the hinterland. Nemec asked the elders of the tribe to give him advice. He was told that Manic was very fast and it was impossible to find him without his noticing. He had to find a footprint similar to a bird, but much larger, and that the key was to follow the South path. Grateful Nemec left with the honour and responsibility of such a goal.

Choique Patagonian Simbol at Peninsula Valdes
He walked for days until one afternoon, when he found tracks:
They were heading south, and he followed them. Walking under the first light of the next day, he noticed something strange. He looked up and there it was. It was the rhea, with its long, slender legs, with its beautiful plumage shaken by the wind, trembling his little head supported by a long neck, and looking at who knows what... But what struck him most were his feathers and he knew why the chief wanted to have them.
Nemec remembered his duty. He crept. He almost threw the spear when the rhea escaped at full speed, leaving just an astonished hunter. The next day, Nemec followed the tracks and again found his target. But the rhea escaped  again. The same thing happened again and again. Nemec began to doubt if he really would get to hunt it. Then he found it at sunset. There it was, and the opportunity could not be wasted.
Man and animal froze. Suddenly, Nemec ran with all his might. The rhea ran also. Nemec flexed his arm and released the weapon. And, according to Mocovi legend, Manic spread his wings and soared. And continued rising until he reach the sky, and in the dim light of dusk, was lost to view. Suddenly, in the same place where the rhea had disappeared, four stars emerged in a cross: one took the place of the head; two marked the tips of its wings and the last, the end of its legs.Nemec spent the night watching the sky and recalling images of the rhea he could never catch. The next day, he started back to his home. He arrived back at the tribe with empty hands but with a twinkle in his eye. That night, when everyone sat around the campfire, Nemec told of his strange adventure. Then, they saw the new stars that the sky was wearing, indicating forever the direction in which Manic had escaped: south.”

Wetlands from Peninsula Valdes, Ramsar Sites, essential balance for survival.

Wetlands from Peninsula Valdes, Ramsar Sites, essential balance for survival.
Peninsula Valdes guards so much natural wonders that it always seems to have something new to premiere and to show us the bountiful immensity with which nature favors us in places like this, thus emphatically reinforcing the intention of honoring, each day with a stronger commitment, our exquisite Heritage of Mankind.

Wetlands from Peninsula Valdes, Ramsar Sites, essential balance for survival.

Out of a total area close to 4000 km2, a small part is conformed by wetlands. These are ecosystems of great importance due to the hydrological and ecological processes they home, and to the biological diversity they nurture.

sunset in Peninsula Valdes

The ecological functions wetlands develop favor flood and shore erosion mitigation. Additionally, wetlands play an essential role in matter cycles and in water quality by retaining, transforming, and/or removing sediments, nutrients, and pollutant agents.

Birds Cormorant in Peninsula Valdes

To birds, these vast areas are natural sanctuaries in line with their migration routes. Most of them journey across many international borders, reaching far distances of thousands of kilometers. They choose these places that serve them as ‘bridges’ for resting, feeding, nestling and breeding, or wintering – essential to their survival. That is why several countries signed international treaties to protect them. The most significant is the Convention on Wetlands, effective as of February 2nd 1971 and held in the Iranian city of Ramsar, which deals with conservation, and the rational use of wetlands, thus naming these areas Ramsar Sites.

Wetlands from Peninsula Valdes, Ramsar Sites, essential balance for survival.

Here is the link to a very interesting paper, which provided us with data for this article, and offers deep insight on this topic. It was produced by the Working Group for Ramsar Sites Aquatic Resources from Argentina, reporting to the Secretaría de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sustentable (the national office for environmental and sustainable development affairs).

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