Experience Patagonia and you will experience a region famed for its austere beauty and profuse wildlife.
The windswept shores Argentina's Valdes Peninsula are home to many marine mammals – notably elephant seals and sealions, plus Magellanic penguins. Between March and April, however, the focus is orcas – Punta Norte is where they spectacularly snatch sealion pups from the shallows – while in October and November southern right whales cavort in the sheltered Golfo Nuevo.
Arrive Buenos Aires, 1-night
Today you arrive in the bustling city of Buenos Aires and enjoy some free time to wander and explore the city’s many highlights.
Birding tour of Costanera Sur, fly to Trelew and transfer to Puerto Madryn, 2-nights. Visit Valdes Peninsula
In the morning you join a guided tour of Costanera Sur, well known for its incredible bird population including the unusual black-necked swan. You then head to the airport and fly to Trelew (two hour flight), followed by a one hour drive to Puerto Madryn. You have a full day to explore Valdes Peninsula, known for its northern right whales migration (September to December) and great sea bird life.
Accommodation: Dazzler Puerto Madryn Lodge, 2 nights
Transfer to Bahia Bustamante, 3-nights. Explore the area
A four hour drive takes you to Bahia Bustamante. A sea bird paradise, the reserve hosts a huge population of sealions and cormorants but also oyster catcher, Olrog’s gull, skua and steamer duck. The best way to explore the area is on horseback or by boat. During the next three days you have the chance to visit Penguin Island, to sail Malaspina Cove, explore the Petrified Forest and have a delightful lunch at a typical Patagonian ranch.
Accommodation: Estancia Bahia Bustamante, 3-nights
Drive to Puerto Deseado, 3-nights. Visit the only rockhopper penguin colony accessible from the mainland
Head south to Comodoro Rivadavia (180 kilometres) and continue to Puerto Deseado (350 kilometres) - the drive should take approximately six hours. For the next three days you explore Rio Deseado and Isla Pinguino. Both areas are protected nature reserves of great ornithological importance, hosting the only continental settlement of rockhopper penguin, but also the black-browed albatross, brown skua, magenallic penguin, blue-eyed cormorant and southern giant petrel.
Accommodation: Hotel Acantilados, 3-nights
Transfer to Rivadavia and fly to Buenos Aires, 1-night
Depart Buenos Aires