We drive to the Valdes Peninsula, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, which comprises over 1 500 square miles of headlands, salt water lakes, depressions and rocky cliffs jutting 30 miles into the Atlantic. The surrounding shallow bays, gulfs and beaches make the Peninsula one of the most diverse bio habitats in the Southern Peninsula.
We make a short stop at Carlos Ameghino Isthmus Visitors Centre to view exhibits on the flora and fauna of the Valdes Peninsula. We then continue the tour along the peninsula, enjoying views of its harsh windswept landscape en route to Estancia San Lorenzo. This family-owned sheep station stretches along the shores of the Golfo de San Matias and is home to an immense colony of nesting Magellanic penguins. We visit the colony of over 2 000 nesting Magellanic penguins which inhabit the immense rookery. We will also keep an eye open for other wildlife including rheas (flightless, ostrich-like birds), guanacos (related to alpacas and llamas), and elephant seals. There is also the opportunity to view fossilized oysters and see the remains of an old sea lion colony.
After your wildlife viewing we return to the Estancia for a typical lamb barbecue.