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Valdes Peninsula

Mag penguin2The calm waters around Patagonia's Valdes Peninsula offer one of the best places in the world for whale watching and its coastline is inhabited by marine mammals, like sea lions, elephant seals and fur seals.

Southern Right Whales can be found in Golfo Nuevo and Golfo San José, protected bodies of water located between the peninsula and the Patagonian mainland. They come here between May and December, to mate and to give birth, because the water in the gulf is quieter and warmer than in the open sea.

Killer Whales can be found off the coast, in the open sea off the peninsula. In this area, they are known to beach themselves on shore to capture sea lions and elephant seals.

The inner part of the peninsula is inhabited by rheas, guanacos and maras. A high diversity and range of birds live in the peninsula as well; at least 181 bird species, 66 of which migratory, live in the area, including the Antarctic Pigeon.