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Tour Type

Tour Type

Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Mid Range

Tour Overview

Spend five days kayaking along Patagonia’s Gulf of San Jose coast on the Peninsula Valdes with southern right whales (June-Dec) and sea lions as well as visiting penguin and elephant seal colonies and camping under the stars each night. Activities include daily hikes, marine and land bird watching, boat trips to see whales and land tours to see penguins and seals.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Kayak Safari, Whale Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • Activities:
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Puerto Piramides

Trip Highlights

  • 5 days kayaking / 4 nights camping along the coast of Gulf of San Jose
  • Daily hikes along the coast and in the steppe
  • History and archeology
  • Imposing cliffs and impressive landscape
  • Marine fossils millions of years old
  • Starry nights with the sounds of whales
  • Marine and land bird watching
  • Daily marine wildlife viewing especially southern right whales and sea lions
  • Magellanic penguins and southern elephant seals


From USD 2,300 / GBP 1,775per person

  • If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers
  • The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups

What's Included

  • Qualified expedition guides
  • Scheduled hotel accommodations on Day 1 and Day 6, based on double or triple occupancy
  • Land tour to the external coast of the Peninsula Valdes Nature Reserve
  • Visit to San Lorenzo Magellanic penguin colony
  • Whale watching excursion from Puerto Piramides
  • Entry fees to the Peninsula Valdes Nature Reserve
  • All group camping and cooking gear
  • All group equipment, kayaks, paddles, etc.
  • Ground transportation as mentioned in itinerary
  • Airport transfers to Puerto Madryn/Trelew on day 1 and day 7
  • All meals while on the kayak expedition

What's Excluded

  • Airfares
  • Any additional meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Personal drinks throughout
  • Personal gear
  • All personal costs such as phone calls, laundry, excess beverages, mineral waters, wines and liquors, laundry, room service
  • Airport transfers and transfers between airports and hotels when deviating from the appointed flights and dates of the group schedule
  • Trip cancellation insurance
  • Medical insurance


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  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Swoop Travel‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

Upon arrival in Trelew airport you will meet a Patagonia Explorers Guide. From there we will drive to Peninsula Valdes Nature Reserve and the town of Puerto Piramides, the only town in the reserve. Once in the hotel you will be greeted by the Patagonia Explorers team followed by an orientation chat about the days to come. During the afternoon we will go for a whale watching trip by boat for our first encounter with southern right whales.

Accommodation: Del Nomade Ecolodge, Puerto Piramides
Meals included: none

In the morning we will drive to the Gulf of San Jose, the departure site of our kayak expedition. The next five days will be spent enjoying and exploring the magnificent coast and wildlife of this gulf. The paddling distances are approximately 15/20 kms each day, allowing us a good margin of time to observe the different marine mammals, birds and other highlights. We will take several hikes to enjoy the interesting scenery and make sure there’s time to relax and enjoy excellent food accompanied by pure and wild nature.

Bengoa Beach is where our adventure begins. Here, at the fisherman’s settlement, they live on what the area has to offer, using different techniques to fish and collect sea food. With our guide’s instruction we test out our kayaks for the coming trip. He will give us a precise briefing for security and technique guidelines as well as environmental regulations. We take our time to practice and feel comfortable with our kayaks before we start. We begin paddling towards Punta Conos, on our way we pass through a southern sea lion colony where the sea lions happily dive into the water to come and greet us. We will stop for lunch on a beach close to the colony.

In the Punta Conos area we set up our first camp and then during the afternoon we will walk different sections of the area, observing marine fossils which are characteristic of the Valdes Peninsula. This particular site having a substrate containing various fossil marine life forms that inhabited this sea million of years ago. You can also visit sand dune areas where you will find archaeological remains of the ancient Tehuelche Indian. From our camp we will be able to enjoy a wonderful sunset and a delicious dinner.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

After a good breakfast and breaking camp, we will paddle for approximately one hour to Whale Camp, a small beach where we will have lunch and make camp. It is possible that we will camp here for two nights so that we can go for a few hikes to different points of interest. This place is where researchers camp to study the southern right whales, a program that has been carried out for over 30 years.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

At midday, having passed by a section of cliffs, we will reach Fracasso Bay, where at low tide a huge section of the beach remains exposed (a slough). This is an area where many shore birds feed on sand flats which are exposed during low tide, such as two-banded plover, lesser yellowlegs and Bird’s sandpiper. After lunch we paddle following a section of cliffs and small bays until we reach an enchanting bay where we will set up camp. This area is one of the best to see whales close to the shore. Late in the afternoon before dinner, we’ll enjoy an authentic Argentinian picada (dive) under the majestic Southern Hemisphere sky and to the sound of the whales.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

After breakfast and breaking camp, we paddle our kayaks to reach Villarino beach. This place is well known as an important site in Peninsula Valdes history where the first Spanish expeditions landed. Here is our final destination for the kayak trip. Once the kayak expedition is completed we will return to Piramides village to overnight at the Del Nomade Ecolodge. Relax during the afternoon, enjoy the town of Puerto Piramides and meet for dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

After breakfast we take a land tour to the external coast of the peninsula, reaching the Atlantic Ocean where we will be able to appreciate the diversity of wildlife and the impressive landscape. To untrained eyes, it appears a barren land when in fact it is bursting with wildlife. We continue on to Estancia San Lorenzo located not far from Punta Norte and bathed by the waters of San Matias Gulf. This estancia takes care of one of the most important penguin colonies on the peninsula with approximately 200,000 specimens. As with every season, the penguins start to turn up in August and leave in April.

We will visit the Punta Norte Reserve, the most famous animal observation point on the peninsula. Here you will observe a sea lion colony, graceful guanacos (a South American camelid), a big rodent locally named “mara”, the fast rheas and some elephant seals. With any luck, some orcas may show up.

After Punta Norte we’ll continue to Caleta Valdes Nature Reserve, a particular geographical feature that encloses the largest variety of sea fauna in the peninsula. This 22 mile long thin strip of land is favourable for the development of many sea mammals, sea and shore birds and some typical species from the Patagonian steppe. The beach, protected from the sea and the wind, is ideal for elephant seals. This marks the end of our adventure and we transfer you to Trelew airport.

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

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