Our most recommended things to do in Puerto Madryn

Valdes Peninsula: Full Day with Whale Watching

1. Valdes Peninsula: Full Day with Whale Watching

The tour begins early in the morning towards the Valdés Peninsula Protected Natural Area, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. After an hour of travel, you will arrive at the picturesque ecological village of Puerto Pirámides to embark and carry out the Regular Traditional Right Whale Watching between the months of June and November, or of South American Sea Lions and Cormorants between the months of December and March. Between April and mid-June no type of navigation is carried out. Lunch (not included) will be scheduled in Puerto Pirámides or Caleta Valdés. You will have time to tour the southern part of the Peninsula, crossing wide landscapes of grasslands and undulations, passing through the Salinas Grande and Chica, and outside Punta Delgada, which constitutes the southern end of the peninsula. At Punta Cantor you can admire the Atlantic coast and the fascinating geological formation known as Caleta Valdés. These beaches are usually inhabited, depending on the time of year, by southern elephant seals, the largest seals on the planet. Depending on the time of year and the availability of marine fauna, you can replace the southern area of ??Las Salinas and Caleta Valdes with Punta Norte. From there you will start your return making a stop at the Carlos Ameghino Interpretation Center, a compendium of the natural wealth of the peninsula. During this excursion you will have great chances to observe terrestrial wildlife, such as guanacos, rheas, foxes, maras, armadillos and skunks. Season: Land excursion All year. Whale watching on board mid-June to November. Nautical walk from December to the end of March. Between April and mid-June there will be no type of navigation.

Puerto Madryn: 3-Hour Snorkeling Trip with Sea Lions

2. Puerto Madryn: 3-Hour Snorkeling Trip with Sea Lions

Explore a Spanish shipwreck on Parana beach and spot penguins, whales, dolphins, and more in the Punta Loma Natural Reserve before jumping in the water to interact with the sea lions in their natural habitat. These curious animals are not trained nor fed, yet are friendly and used to humans. With the help of an experienced guide, you will learn more about these playful animals in this unique and unforgettable experience.  Choose between hotel pickup and drop-off in Puerto Madryn or come directly to the meeting point where you will be fitted with a neoprene suit before heading down to the water to hop on the boat. After snorkeling and touring, the group will return to the dive center for hot drinks.

From Puerto Madryn: Penguin Tour & Península Valdés Day Trip

3. From Puerto Madryn: Penguin Tour & Península Valdés Day Trip

In the early morning, you will be driven from your hotel towards Peninsula Valdes Provincial Reserve. After an hour's drive, you will arrive at the Interpretation Center located on the Carlos Ameghino Isthmus. The next stop is Estancia San Lorenzo, a Patagonian ranch where you can enjoy a typical Patagonian lamb on the spit (lunch not included). After lunchtime, be prepared to visit an amazing penguin colony: the largest Magellanic penguin colony in the world. Finally, you will meet these curious birds! Then visit the provincial reserve of Punta Norte where, according to the season, you can see different animals from the coast. At the end of the excursion, you will be transferred back to your accommodation in Puerto Madryn.

Puerto Madryn: Full Day Excursion to Punta Tombo

4. Puerto Madryn: Full Day Excursion to Punta Tombo

Punta Tombo is one of the most famous and visited coastlines along the eastern coast of Argentine Patagonia. In the morning we will go to Punta Tombo Protected Natural Area, which is home to a huge colony of Magellanic penguins. After a trip of just over two hours through the vast routes and Patagonian scenery, you will arrive at this fantastic reserve. You will have no less than three hours to cover both the Penguin Colony trails and the Punta Tombo Interpretation Center with enough time. You can make use of the facilities of the place, which has a Confectionery-Restaurant, bathrooms and trails to interpret the Patagonian winds.

Valdes Peninsula Full-Day Tour

5. Valdes Peninsula Full-Day Tour

Discover the natural beauty of the Valdes Peninsula on this full-day tour from Puerto Madryn. The area is known for its unique animal species, as it provides the perfect environment for them to live and breed. On this excursion you'll be accompanied by bi-lingual guides and naturalists. The first stop is at the interpretive center at the Carlos Ameghino Isthmus, where you'll learn about the flora, fauna and geology of the peninsula. From the panoramic lookout, you’ll have views of Golfo Nuevo, San Jose and the Island of Birds. Next on the itinerary is a stop in the town of Puerto Piramides, where depending on the season, you can take an optional whale watching tour (additional fee applies). Depending on the season, weather and tides, you’ll visit some or all of the following sites: Caleta Valdes, Punta Norte and Punta Cantor, where you can see elephant seals, penguins and sea lions. As you head back, be on the lookout for some of the wild Argentinean land animals including guanacos, rheas, foxes, maras, armadillos and skunks. At sunset, you'll arrive back at Puerto Madryn, where the tour ends.

Puerto Madryn City Tour & Punta Loma HD Tour

6. Puerto Madryn City Tour & Punta Loma HD Tour

In this two-hour excursion we will make a tour around the city to visit the most outstanding places: the commercial center, the historic center, the mineral and cruise ship docks, and ending the visit at the panoramic viewpoint of Punta Cuevas where the monument to the Tehuelche Indian, a former inhabitant of the area, is located. From here we will leave towards Paraná beach to go to the Punta Loma sea lion reserve. Here we will find colonies of juvenile and adult sea lions, which we will observe from the cliffs prepared as balconies, and delighting us with the flights of black cormorants. After this two-hour tour, we will be returning to our selected hotels in Puerto Madryn.

From Puerto Madryn: Chubut River Valley Welsh Colonies

7. From Puerto Madryn: Chubut River Valley Welsh Colonies

We will start leaving our selected hotels at approximately 11:00 AM to go to the Port of Rawson, where we will have time to walk around the place, and optionally we will be able to do a dolphin watching (not included). We will continue our visit heading to Trelew, where if we wish we can visit the Paleontological Museum (optional, entrance not included) considered the most important in Latin America. We will then make a historical-cultural circuit through the lower valley of the Chubut River, experiencing in person the Welsh culture in Gaiman. Here we will be able to meet the inhabitants of this particular town where Welsh customs are kept alive, such as the chapels and their language. We will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious Welsh tea (not included) and there will be time to visit the local Welsh Museum (entrance not included). After this beautiful day, we will be returning to our selected hotels at approximately 7:00 pm.

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What people are saying about Puerto Madryn

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 82 reviews

Great experience. Staff professional and knowledgeable. Lucian was the guide I spent the most time with and he was amazing.he demonstrates a love and respect of the ocean.He attended to every detail including helping the children and anxious passengers. The entire trip was great. The staff at the dive shop help you with your gear and explain everything. They seem to like their job which is rare these days. I can't find enough words to describe what a once in a lifetime experience it was to have a sea lion look you in the eye or touch your leg everyone needs to book with this company. I dive/snorkel around the world. This company and its employees are the real deal. Thank you for a great experience !!

We had an amazing day packed with wildlife. Guide Marcela and driver Diego were professional and knowledgeable. The day was very well organised. Comfortable transport.

You get to swim with sea lions in their natural habitat, what else is there to say? An unforgettable experience. Lucio and Dante were great guides.

One of the greatest things ever. Can't recommend enough. Only complaint is that the tour is supposed to be 3 hours and it lasts like 2