Peninsula Valdes is a peninsula located in the Argentine Viedma Department along the Atlantic Coast. It is nestled in the Chubut province of Argentina and occupies an area measuring 4,000 square kilometers. Note that the peninsula is connected to the mainland by the isthmus of Carlos Ameghino.

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Peninsula Valdes is a peninsula located in the Argentine Viedma Department along the Atlantic Coast. It is nestled in the Chubut province of Argentina and occupies an area measuring 4,000 square kilometers. Note that the peninsula is connected to the mainland by the isthmus of Carlos Ameghino.

Peninsula Valdez is one of the most important nature reserves and was therefore listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. On its 400 kilometer shoreline are rocky cliffs, sandy and pebbled beaches, bays and lagoons, sand dunes as well as cays.

The Peninsula waters are a very special habitat for marine mammals. A good example is the southern right whales which use the protected waters for birthing and calving. Other mammals you will find here are the elephant seals whose numbers have been increasing and are presently numbering over 1,000. This is the only elephant seal colony whose population is on the increase. Also in the waters for breeding are the southern sea lions.

The orcas use the Valdesto beaches to hunt by surfing into the shallow waters and snatching sea lions or elephant seals younglings. It is one of the most interesting things to watch…forget about the Big Cats diaries on the National geographic – this is the real thing.

For those who enjoy bird watching, this peninsula is home to shoreline birds as well as migratory birds. The mud flats and coastal lagoons feature over 40,000 Magellanic penguin nests that await your exploration. It is the kind of place you carry your camera and click away at all those amazing sights and once you are back home people will start telling you that you should go into photography full time.

The Peninsula has terrestrial mammals galore. There are large populations of guanaco and the Argentine endemic Mara. This peninsula gives you a once in a lifetime chance to mingle with all those coastal bird’s and marine mammals that you see on the TV. The destination is so cheap that you will start feeling like you are ripping off the Argentine government – but the government reckons that since this is a World Heritage Site, people should be allowed to visit with minimum charges…just as long as you are not damaging the ecosystem.

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