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When Magellan first discovered Patagonia in the first circumnavigation of the globe in 1520, he named it after the impressive size of its people. Patagonia did things on a big scale then and, almost 500 years later, nothing has changed: huge whales, elephant seals and penguins can still be witnessed from empty and undeveloped shores; condors still shadow pumas to pick the bones from a kill; giant salmon and trout feast in the pure rivers and the remnants of the gigantic dinosaurs of the mid-Jurassic period lie across the region with their bones turned to stone. The undeveloped nature of the land means that plant and animal species have not become extinct as elsewhere in Latin America and are still here to seen and studied as they were by Darwin over 150 years ago.


Duration Base Location
Sea-life close upTake a whale-watching boat out from Puerto Pirámides on Península Valdés. See southern right whales (up to 50 feet long) swimming with their calves, elephant seals blubbering, sea lions and sea birds.
Half day East
Black and White Surfers. See South America’s own Commerson's Dolphins (toninas) surf the swell on a boat trip from Rawson.
Half day East
Animal Magic in  Península Valdés. Check out the bird, animal and sea life around the shores of Península Valdés, including stops at Puerto Pirámides, Punta Delgada, Caleta Valdes and Punta Norte. See whales,  penguins, rhea, guanaco, mara, foxes, armadillos. Stroll around the beaches and watch giant (up to 16 feet long and weighing 5 tons) elephant seals guarding their harems. And if you're lucky, you'll see killer whales (orcas) swim up the beach to take sea lion pups.
1 to 2 days East
Just Penguins. Visit the penguin colony at Punta Tombo, site of a rookery with hundreds of thousands of Magellanic penguins and their young.
6 hours East





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