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The Guanaco, in Peninsula Valdes and Patagonia

The Guanacos (Lama guanicoe), are mammals, relatives of llamas belonging to the order of the camelids, they carry with humility the title of being the largest terrestrial vertebrates of Patagonia. This beautiful animal species was before the arrival of the white man, a fundamental ally for the survival of the indigenous people who inhabited Patagonia,

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Southern Flamingo in Peninsula Valdes

The Southern Flamingo is a large bird, most often seen in flocks. They can measure five feet, are easily identified by their pink color on the outer feathers, their long neck, long legs, and large wings. The legs have short toes, which are also webbed, helping the bird when swimming. Male flamingos are larger thanRead More

Southern Giant Petrel

The Southern Giant Petrel (Macronectes giganteus) This special bird has an incredibly aerodynamic shape. The distance between the tips of the extended wings reaches 6.5 ft ( 2 m ) An adult male can weigh up to 11 lb ( 5 kg ) The family feature is the nostril, located in the upper beak in the form ofRead More

Shoveler

The Shoveler (Anas platalea) you can see it in Valdes Peninsula. While lives from Tierra del Fuego to the Mesopotamian region (Entre Rios and Corrientes) is not easy to find in this area. It is found in fresh or brackish water and can be seen occasionally on the sea coast. The male has a particularly

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Wildlife Calendar in Peninsula Valdes

Marine WildlifeRight Whale More than 2,000 southern right whales visit Peninsula Valdes. Between April and June, they begin to arrive and leave by the end of December. Peninsula Valdes is considered the largest maternity in the world for this species and other marine mammals. Magallanic Penguin More than 500,000 Magellan penguins arrive every year inRead More

When is the best time to see Whales in Peninsula Valdes?

The whale season in Penisula Valdes is sooooo long. It begins in mid-April and ends in late December. The fauna is free to do what it wants, but it is incredible how its behavior obeys natural forces that tell it when to arrive and when to leave. It is possible that at the beginning ofRead More

Punta Loma Wildlife Reserve

Sea Lions encounter by sea and land On the 29th of September, 1967 the Nature Reserve at Punta Loma was established. This was the first nature reserve to be established in Chubut and just 10.5 mi ( 17km ) from Puerto Madryn, its two observation platforms allow for the unobtrusive observation of Sea Lions. Punta LomaRead More

Selection of videos Filmed in El Doradillo Beach

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is a whole dictionary! Enjoy these videos filmed in El Doradillo Beach during the whale season. The closeness of these huge mammals to the coast is evidenced in the aerial shots filmed from the drones. Images from a considerable height, also let compare the sizeRead More

Punta Flecha Observatory – Natural Patagonia Foundation

From the Punta Flecha observatory of the Patagonia Natural Foundation, located 66 ft ( 20 m)  high, it is an ideal place to see them from very close and with the addition of being able to listen to them through a hydrophone that this foundation has installed. An interview about the coastal observation of the whale wasRead More

Commerson’s dolphins

Dolphin watching from Playa Union - Rawson. Length Adult: up to 9 ft ( 2.70 m ) Newborn: 31 in ( 80 cm ) Weight Adult: 154 lb ( 70 Kg ) Newborn: 13.2 lb ( 6 kg ) They are considered coastal dolphins, although they have been observed more than 100 miles offshore. In the Argentine coast, theyRead More

When can whales be seen in Puerto Madryn?

The cycle begins when they appear at these coasts between the end of April and the beginning of May The whales chose this coast near Puerto Madryn, as the most crowded nursery. Dozens of mothers arrive on this coast, to be with their young, the first months of life. Since the first one is usually seenRead More

Magellanic penguins

The Patagonian coast has many penguins throughout the extension. They vary in a number of members and species. Within Peninsula Valdes, there are 7 colonies of Magellanic penguins. the best known are two, one immense and the other small. The first is the penguin colony of San Lorenzo Ranch 46.6 mi ( 75 km ) fromRead More

Seagull and the attack to the Whales

It can measure up to 60 centimeters in length, the body is white and the wings black. Gulls are present all over Patagonia, extending to Tierra del Fuego and beyond, as far south as the Falkland Islands, South Atlantic Islands, and Antarctica. They lay up to three eggs, nest and return to the same areaRead More

Brown Hooded Gull

The Brown Hooded Gull (Larus maculipennis) gets its name for an obvious reason. Standing at approximately 35cm this bird has a distinct dark-brown head, combined with white and grey plumage over the rest of its body and dark plumage on the tips of its wings and tail feathers. Its beak, feet, and legs are red. According

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South American Tern

The South American Tern is one of the 3 species of terns that nest on the coast of Argentina and is found in Peninsula Valdes. It is rather more difficult to observe that the kelp gull because it has a small population size. The breeding season begins in December and you will be able to

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Carbonated Sierra-Finch

The Carbonated Sierra-Finch (Phrygilus carbonarius), to the untrained eye, is easily confused with a House Sparrow or Rufous-collared Sparrow. During courting behavior the male’s plumage will darken, differentiating it from the female. With their nest close by, we have observed a darker male in the sand dunes behind Del Nomade, flying from bush to bush

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Red Knot

Along their amazing migratory route of unimaginable proportions which begins in the Northern Autumn in the Canadian Arctic and takes them to the Southern extremes, only to then be repeated 4 months later as they return north with their offspring, the Red Knot (Calidris Canutus) and other migratory birds deviate from a straight line toRead More

Great Grebe

The Great Grebe (Podicephorus major) is a coastal bird that is frequently seen in the Valdes Peninsula. Rarely seen in groups or on dry land, they are generally found swimming in shallow water close to the shore, alone or as a pair. The plumage is primarily rust colored around the neck with a black head

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Common Oyster Catcher

The Common Oyster Catcher (Haemantopus palliatus) is a bird that basks in the solitude of the Patagonian Coast living in a life-long mating pair, these birds are bothered by human presence. With a dark brown back, yellow eye and bright red ocular ring and a long red beak, they can reach a size of more

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Yellow-billed Pintail

The Yellow-billed Pintail (Anas georgica) is a bird of South America. Lives from southern Brazil to southern Patagonia. He looks in freshwater lakes and occasionally frequents marine coast. It has a significant extent in terms of habitat preference. They can be seen on the seacoast of Patagonia or greater heights of 13.000 ft ( 4,000 m )

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