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    Peninsula Valdes - Whale watching

    by Luchonda Updated Oct 4, 2006

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    Peninsula Valdes, gate to the Atlantic Ocean and famous for it's two "Golfos" where whales orcas and sea elephants are stranding as from juli till october for "reproduction" purposes
    Golfo San José and golfo Nuevo, different in water temperature are the playgrounds for those animals

    Between two golfos Whale watching in a zodiac Whales in Puerto Madryn
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    Roads of Patagonia

    by Maggies Updated Sep 21, 2006

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    Driving in Patagonia is quite special. First of all there are not many paved roads. So, in order to get to many places you need to take gravel roads... not easy and quite tiring. The main roads are easy to drive as long as you have someone to entertain you. Otherwise it's easy to get sleepy as there are sometimes hundreds of kilometers with nothing but meadows on the way. There are not too many road signs so it's really helpful to know the language to ask the locals for directions. To see more have a look at Roads of Patagonia travelogue.

    Road from Puerto Madryn to Trelew

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    Pinguins

    by Maggies Updated Sep 21, 2006

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    Magellan Pinguins are about 45 cm high. Males are just a little bit bigger than females and weight around 4 - 5 kilos.
    The young ones that don't have cub yet, mostly take some rest in the shadow under the bushes. They spend a lot of their time cleaning their plumage. When they are in the time of changing it which takes about 2 weeks, they stay away from water and don't eat at all.
    They are absolutelly the funniest animals I have seen. Totally adorable.

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    Pinguinera de Caleta Valdes

    by Maggies Updated Sep 21, 2006

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    There is a pinguins' colony on Caleta Valdes but it's nothing comparing to Punta Tombo. Sure it's a great stop along Peninsula Valdes circuit and the view is beautiful but there are not that many pinguins and you can't get close to them unless they come up the dune close to you.

    Caleta Valdes
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    Punta Tombo

    by Maggies Updated Sep 21, 2006

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    This area is the biggest continental reserve of Magellan Pinguins in the world.
    Every year, early September first males then females come to Punta Tombo. They settle the nests around 800 meters from the coast. The pinguins are born in November and both parents take care of them and feed them. Pinguins are monogamists :)
    The young ones are born with dark gray dawn which they loose in February and are left with juvenil plumage. They change to adult black and white plumage next year.
    Also in February they start becoming independent and start walking to the sea.
    They all leave Punta Tombo in March/April to be back in September again.

    The entrance ticket to Punta Tombo reserve costs 20 pesos.

    Pinguins on the beach 1 Pinguins on the beach 2
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    ANCESTRAL ACTIVITY: SAILING

    by Orkaena Written Mar 12, 2006

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    One of the fave activities of Manu and I is the sailing, then we rented a short trip (no more than two hours because the strong wind) wandering close to the shore, just for fun and if it is possible for watching some of the various inhabitants of the southern seas. Fun, healthy and cheap, don't miss this ancestral pleasure.

    sailing the gulf

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    BUNGY FOR KIDS

    by Orkaena Updated Mar 12, 2006

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    There is a Bungy facility located on the seaside pedestrian boulevard, a kids bungy, I should say.
    And believe me, they enjoy it like mad goats, screaming, jumping among laughters and wide open eyes. What a pleasure.

    Manuel, the bungy expertise
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    Ecocentro

    by msocolin Written Oct 12, 2005

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    The Ecocentro opened its doors in 2000. Its located at the edge of a cliff, looking at the sea. The Ecocentro is a "museum" dedicated to showing the fauna of Peninsula Valdes. It's a great place to learn about the local fauna, its habits, etc. There are also auditoriums where you can hear dissertations on different topics.

    Ecocentro Ecocentro entrance Southern right whale's skeleton.
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    Punta Tombo Rookery

    by msocolin Written Oct 12, 2005

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    Punta Tombo is the largest continental reserve of Magellanic Penguins (Spheniscus magallanicus). This fauna reservation was created in 1979, by means of a decree of the Chubut Province, with the purpose of protecting one of the sites with the most diverse fauna within Argentina, and the greatest continental Magellan Penguins colony.

    Every year from september through March, the magellanic penguins come to this place to mate, hatch their eggs, and teach the first things to their baby penguins. In March they migrate to the south of Brazil. This colony has, at its peak, more or less 800,000 penguins.
    When you get in the reservation you can actually walk among the penguins, but you have to be careful not to disturb them. They are always coming and going to the sea to feed, and their nests are not always close to the shore, some of them are 1km away. Both male and female penguins hatch the eggs, so while one is hatching, the other is at sea eating, some times for many days.

    Magellanic Penguin Punta Tombo Magellanic Penguin hatchin an egg
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    Whales watching at Peninsula Valdes

    by msocolin Written Oct 12, 2005

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    This was one of the most amazing things I've seen in my life. We arrived in Peninsula Valdes and the boat was already waiting for us. We sailed with two excellent guides who explained us everything we needed to know about the southern right whales and their habits.

    The southern right whale ( Eubalaena australis ), can be seen in Peninsula Valdes every year from june to december when they come to give birth and mate. This is a lonely animal, so most of the times they are seen either alone, with their calf or with another adult whale when mating.

    We were lucky to see a whale with her calf, and a couple mating, although it was late for mating, so we were really lucky!

    Whale's tail Whale watching boat Whale throwing water through its blowhole Couple of adult whales
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    RESERVA NATURAL PENINSULA VALDES

    by Orkaena Updated Aug 18, 2005

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    The whole Peninsula Valdes is a huge Natural Reservation, and if you want to get a complete idea about it you'll need three or four days wandering in there, so, to be surprised by the guanacos (a camel cousin) armadillos, seal colonies, sea Lions colonies, seagulls, albatros, right whales, orkas, dolphins, penguins, etc..
    The boundless impression is strong, those plain steppes and the blue horizon are feelings that you'll never forget.
    Of course you'll pay a fee (cheap indeed) and you can get reservations in some of the hotels or estancias of the Peninsula. But do it with enough time in advance, there aren't too many accomodations facilities here.

    The Signal
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    Swimming in the Atlantic Ocean

    by Maggies Written Jun 18, 2005

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    The ocean waters are not too warm late afternoon in March but once you come here all over from Europe you just need to put your feet in southern hemisphere Atlantic Ocean water. Do a little swimming too, it feels great.

    In Puerto Piramides

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    Puerto Piramides Beach

    by Maggies Updated Jun 18, 2005

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    When the tide is low, the beach in Puerto Piramides gets extremly wide. It's surrounded by the rocks which are made of sand and shells.
    In wintertime the main reason to visit the town is watching the Right Southern Whales. The boat trips start here and the season goes from June to December.

    Puerto Piramides

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    Ebb and flow

    by Maggies Written Jun 18, 2005

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    The direction of the current changes every 6 hours and the difference between high and low tide in Peninsula Valdes goes up to few meters. Watching the ebb flow you can see some great formations that are usually under the water and you can also spot some sea elephants playing in the water.

    Ebb tide

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    Sea Elephants

    by Maggies Written May 26, 2005

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    Sea Elephants are the largest seals in the world. Males have 4-6 meters and weight up to 4000 kilos, they are also easily distinguished by their large trunk-like nose, which is about 40 cm long. They have 40-females harems. When they are in the beach, they don't eat anything, so they spend a lot fo energy every time they move.
    Females feed the pups for about a month - not eating anything at this time.

    Sea Elephants

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