Depart Puerto Madryn and have a scenic drive to Peninsula Valdes, one of the finest wildlife reserves in South America. At the entrance to the reserve, the Visitors' Centre has a small exhibit of local fauna and flora. Sea lions, sea elephants, seals, guanacos, rheas and many seabirds are present in large numbers in the beaches and headlands. Sheep estancias, ranches, occupy most of the peninsula's interior. In the Golfo San José, just off the Isthmus, is the Isla de los Pájaros, Bird's Island a bird sanctuary off limits to humans but visible through a powerful telescope. Next you will go to Punta Norte, located at the extreme northwestern tip of Peninsula Valdes. Here there is a mixed colony of sea lions and sea elephants. They are easily photographed, but should not be approached too closely. Continue your tour to Estancia San Lorenzo located on the Northeastern extreme of Peninsula Valdes; here see its famous penguin rookery. Inside the estancia and in front of San Matias gulf we can find a unique colony of more than 200,000 Magellan penguins apart from wild fauna such as guanacos, choiques, maras, hares and lots of different marine birds. We will be able to explore this extraordinary scenery on 4x4 vehicles. Back at the Estancia, you will enjoy a typical Patagonian lamb barbecue lunch before your journey back to the pier.
Please note: Due to the remoteness of this area, motor coaches are not up to the same standards as North America or European transportation. Some roads are not paved and therefore can be quite dusty and bumpy.