Traveler’s Guide to Valdes Peninsula

APP Traveler’s Guide to Valdes Peninsula

A traveler’s Guide to Valdes Peninsula (english version, coming soon) offers a virtual understanding of the most important Coastal Nature Reserve in all of Argentina, from the comfort of your cell phone or other portable device.
This application will become your constant traveling companion. You will be taken from it to Business and Services of Puerto Madryn and Puerto Piramides, many of them with special discounts for users of the APP.
Airline / Change-Currency - Bank / Travel Agency / Activities-Adventure / Coffee Shops / Pharmacies / Hospitals / Clinics / Photography / Property-Rent-Sale / Restaurants / Clothing-Camping Adventure / Kiosk-Souvenirs / Supermarkets / Transport / Theatres / Cinemas / Museums / Various services for the traveler / For those who travel by car. 
Within this region are 6 intangible natural areas and one of the most, if not the most, important places in the world for whale watching. This APP will become an inseparable travel companion with daily weather forecasts, tide tables, wind velocity, times and locations for the rising and setting of both the sun and moon, as well as various articles and a wildlife calendar with the when and where for wildlife observation during the different seasons of the year. A brief history of Peninsula Valdes and Puerto Piramides, public access beaches, available services and activities for tourists and adventurers a like and more information, all in the palm of your hand. 
APP Traveler’s Guide to Valdes Peninsula

Illustrated with more than 800 photographs, 3D panoramic views and dozens of incredible videos of whales, orcas and other dolphins, sea-lions, elephant seals, penguins, guanacos, choiques and more converts this APP into an interactive guide for adventure in Peninsula Valdes.
APP Traveler’s Guide to Valdes Peninsula Patagonia Argentina

Also included are Photo Tips: Information and advice to anticipate the situation and be prepared when the time comes to photograph maritime wildlife. The articles grouped together in the Photo Tips Tab is an attempt to convey my knowledge and experience as a nature and wildlife photographer, primarily in the maritime environment of Peninsula Valdes, over the last several decades.
APP Traveler’s Guide to Valdes Peninsula Photography

 Accompanying this APP are interviews with many of the colorful characters that have made this destination one full of historical anecdotes.  Park Rangers, Biologists, Seasoned Guides, Wildlife Photographers and others share their experiences, studies and situations, unveiling an infinite registry conserved in the arid solitude of the Patagonian Steppe.
Aventura y Turismo en la Guia de Península Valdés

Maps and useful suggestions will make your visit run smoothly when the time comes for travel throughout Peninsula Valdes, as well as links to important information about the weather conditions, tides, road conditions, sunset and moonrise and more. Spaces are vast in Patagonia and distances are long. With this tool you will know what to expect and be able to prepare for the experience.
Mapas y Guiadas por Península Valdés

Together with technical experts we have developed an entertainment section in this APP to make the long distances more enjoyablePuzzles with images of animals and landscapes from Peninsula Valdes as well as musical games with a band of musicians made up of different animals of the peninsula and more to come as we continue to develop other ideas as we continue to update this APP. 
Juegos para el viaje en la Aplicacion de Península Valdés
A business guide accompanies this APP to assist while in Puerto Madryn and Puerto Piramides, with your location in “Street View” and web for rapid access. Some of the businesses represented offer discounts for users of the Peninsula Valdes APP. 
As a traveler and nature lover, I would recommend a minimum stay of 4 days and 3 nights to take advantage of what Peninsula Valdes has to offer. The moment and occasion deserve the time needed for a relaxed and enjoyable experience, one immersed in a natural setting like few places in our world. In the end, after such a long journey, arriving at place so beautiful and unique, a place that invites you to witness some of the most uncommon representations of nature, is an experience that doesn’t occur every day.

Descuento en Hotel y Posada en Puerto Pirámides Península Valdés
From the APP you can access Premium Discounts at DelNomade Ecological Hotel and De Luna Hostel in Puerto Piramides… my place in Puerto Piramides.

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 Valdes Peninsula

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.

Paleontological Museum Egidio Feruglio - MEF in Trelew

Paleontological Museum Egidio Feruglio - MEF

One of the undeniable attractions of the city of Trelew is the MEF. The strength of the images in this article, make a excellent display in the form of Prehistory.

Paleontological Museum Egidio Feruglio - MEF

The Paleontological Museum Egidio Feruglio - MEF, is a center for scientific activities unique  in South America. It has a fascinating display of dinosaurs found only in Argentine Patagonia.

Paleontological Museum Egidio Feruglio - MEF

The rich, young history of MEF is nothing more than a permanent commitment to exhibit from Trelew paleontological wealth of the region and a real source of pride for all. The passion and care put into each production, either scientific or broadcast, demonstrates a clear intention to generate a lasting legacy for current and future generations.

Paleontological Museum Egidio Feruglio - MEF

In 2014 in the province of Chubut they found the fossil remains of the world's largest dinosaur and they will display in this museum. They are preparing a special room to put it. An animal that weighed 80 tons and reached 40 or 45 meters from head to tail, you need a very large space to build it. According to experts this animal was herbivorous and lived in Patagonia some 90 or 100 million years ago. It was found 200 km from the city of Trelew.

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.
Orcas killer whale Season Punta Norte, Penguin Season in Valdes Peninsula Patagonia Argentina Whale Watching Season in Puerto Piramides