Puerto Pirámides Things to Do

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    Hiking around Puerto Piramides

    by barryg23 Updated Feb 17, 2009

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    After we had finished our whale watching tour we had 3 or 4 hours to wait for the return bus to Puerto Madryn, so we used the time to go hiking on the cliffs and hills around Puerto Piramides.

    There is a couple of hills north of the town from where a short but tough climb on steep sandy slopes offers good views over the town and out to sea.

    An easier proposition is the cliffs above the town. There were no obvious paths but we found our way to the top of these cliffs and found a quiet picnic spot. The views were fantastic and the crowds were far behind. We didn't wander too far away from town but there were faint paths leading further along the cliffs which looked like they promised an interesting hike.

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    Puerto Piramides

    by barryg23 Updated Feb 17, 2009
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    Puerto Piramides is a small town in a beautiful setting on the southern side of Peninsula Valdes. It's the main departure point on the peninsula for whale watching tours, and hence has been taken over it seems by tour agencies, hotels and restaurants catering to the large number of visitors. The whale watching season runs from June to December so in an effort to attract visitors year round there are now opportunities to snorkel, dive or mountain bike from Puerto Piramides.

    Despite the crowds it feels fairly remote and isolated here and once the crowds leave it's probably a great place to relax. The town is little more than a couple of streets but thanks to the large number of visitors there is no shortage of facilities.

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    Whale Watching

    by barryg23 Updated Feb 16, 2009

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    The main attraction in Puerto Piramides is whale watching and many agencies offer trips out on the water. The southern right whales can be seen between June and November. Most of the tours charge the same price: 75 pesos for about 1 hour on the water. However, there are different types of boats, and not all the tours have multilingual guides so it is worth shopping around the various companies, all of which are on the main street in Puerto Piramides, before you book a tour. Tours can also be booked in Puerto Madryn but there's no real advantage in doing this.

    We travelled with Hydrosport, who offered tours in zodiacs as well as larger boats. We were not too sure which was the best option so we chose the zodiac as it was the next to depart. The advantage of the zodiac is that you are very close to the water so if you are lucky the whales will be very close. The disadvantage is that it can be harder to spot whales as you can only see a short distance, whereas from a height you have more opportunities to survey the sea. Also, on a choppy day, the zodiacs bounce around a lot, and there is a good chance you will get wet.

    We saw a good number of whales during our excursions, though it was always fleeting glimpses. From the pictures we had seen beforehand I half expected we would see them doing somersaults or something :) Nevertheless, it was a fun tour, and a great experience.

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    Tour the Penninsula

    by TexasDave Written Mar 28, 2008

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    If you have a rental car you'll want to take time to drive around the penninsula and check out the various overlooks. This is pretty much an all-day affair because: 1) the distances involved are are long, and 2) the roads are all gravel (ripio in Argentinean Spanish) and you can only do about 20 mph. and it does get somewhat boring driving in between overlooks!
    In my experience Punta Delgada was a not worth the time and effort to get there, as it requires a 15 minute drive off of the main route, highway 2. The spot that was extremely worth it though was Punta Cantor, where you are allowed to walk down the hill and get very close to the sea elephants basking in the Sun on the shore. We were fortunate enough to see several day-old pups with their moms and the huge, cranky alpha-male put on a show of his strength when another younger male tried(unsuccessfully) to get close to one of the big guy's 'harem'.
    After Punta Cantor you have to decide if you're done for the day and will take Highway 52 back to Puerto Piramides, or continue North to Punta Norte, which is an extra 50 mile trip but is usually the best place to see orcas in the appropriate season. You can ask at the Visitors Center when you arrive what is going on where during that particular time as they keep up to date with the different ranger's stations.

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    Up Close Whale Watching

    by TexasDave Written Mar 28, 2008

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    There are half a dozen companies offering rides out in the Gulf to get up close and personal with the whales. The average trip takes about an hour and costs about $20 a person. Exactly how much you'll see is a matter of chance but there usually are dozens of whales in the vicinity so chances are pretty good you'll see some action. Whether you'll have your camera ready to photograph it is another question.
    As an alternative/supplement: during high tide you can walk out past the town along the water's edge and be quite close to whales as they circle and splash around.

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    Visitors Information Center

    by TexasDave Written Oct 31, 2007

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    After what seems like an eternity of driving on this desolate two-lane road from Puerto Madryn you arrive at this Visitors Center. Considering how remote this place is, this is a very nice surprise. It resembles some kind of space station. There is an observation tower, displays on the flora and fauna of the area, including the skeleton of a young right whale. There is someone on duty to answer questions, give directions, etc. And best of all, there are modern, clean, and free restrooms!

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    WORLD UNDER THE WAVES

    by Orkaena Written Mar 17, 2006

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    Diving and snorkelling are the must, the clear (and cold) waters of the South Atlantic hides a magic universe. There are not good places for diving in anywhere, you should know where the jewels are submerged, because in some places the bottom of the sea is like a desert of sand without apparent traces of life. But it is not a problem in itself, for sure you need to rent the equipment and a boat with guidance included, so, take it easy, you'll enjoy a lot!!

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    SAILING THE GULF, LOOKING FOR GIANTS

    by Orkaena Written Mar 17, 2006

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    Tha boat of Jorge Schmid

    Naturally the main course in Pto Piramides is the whale watching, the season starts in july and the last whales can be admired in december, just few ones, I should say. Even I recommend Peke Sosa sailing services there are another good one, Jorge Schmid, you can find him in the "Segunda Bajada" of Puerto Pirámides. Nice boat commanded by an expertise.

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    LIFE AMONG THE SEA LIONS

    by Orkaena Updated Mar 12, 2006

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    Well, not exactly a "life", follow the mind ;-D) the former "approach" to the colony of sea lions now is strictly forbbiden, and this is a healthy measure indeed. (mainly for the Sea Lions). But if you like the wild life you'll enjoy the activities of the colony from the top of the cliff, a safe distance for both specimens, them and us. The social organisation of this mammals and the marvelous spectacle of the just born little babies in february well worth a visit.

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    SUDDENLY... AVESTRUCES

    by Orkaena Written Mar 12, 2006

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    come on kids, follow me...
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    The Avestruz is the bigger bird known, here this family -the mother and three kids- were crossing the steppe in front of us with calm and certain kind of curiosity for us. This frequent encounters were the best moments during our last visit to Puerto Piramides. Then, be prepared, because this shouldn't be a surprise. Just a marvelous gift.

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    whale watching

    by ellielou Written Dec 28, 2005

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    there are numerous companies that will take you out into the water to try to spot the whales. we hear good things from a couple of people about Moby Dick (yes, that is really the name) so we went with them.

    one has two choices when whale watching: either a bigger and cheaper large boat, or a small, more flexible one, that can get close to the whales. they each of their advantages:

    on the small boat, you get close, and there are no more than about 15 or so people; on teh larger boat, you are up higher, and can get an overview of the whales...their size, and number.

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    SUMMER... THE BEACH IS CALLING ME...

    by Orkaena Written Aug 18, 2005

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    The beach of Pto Piramides

    Alright, summer is here, the large sandy beaches are calling me, and it's irresistible.
    The patagonic shore is very extense (3.000 kilometers) and there are hidden paradises in there.
    I know, the sea isn't a caribbean temperature, it's the opposite, cold, very cold (11-12 degrees celsius) but the sun is too strong and you can enjoy the gift of a lonely beach only for you.

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    Learning Biology

    by andal13 Updated Nov 2, 2003

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    Some students and the skeleton of a whale

    This was a didactic trip: the travel group was integrated by high-school pupils (5th and 6th degree), university students and teachers; Península Valdés is the place to learn Biology: whales, elephant seals, seadogs, fossils... make this place an open air laboratory!
    At Isthmus Ameghino there is a small museum where can be seen several specimen of local fauna and flora; there also is a belvedere from where you can see gulfs Nuevo and San José.
    The picture shows some of the girls sat close to an amazing skeleton of a whale.

    Este era un viaje didáctico: el grupo de viaje estaba integrado por alumnos de secundaria (5º y 6º años), estudiantes universitarios y docentes; Península Valdés es el lugar para aprender Biología: ballenas, elefantes marinos, lobos marinos, fósiles... hacen de este lugar un laboratorio al aire libre!
    En el Istmo Ameghino hay un pequeño museo en el que se exhiben diversos ejemplares de flora y fauna locales. Cuenta también con un mirador desde el cual se observan los golfos Nuevo y San José.
    La foto muestra a algunas de las chicas sentadas junto a un impresionante esqueleto de ballena.

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    Punta Pirámides

    by andal13 Updated Sep 25, 2003

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    Punta Pir��mides

    At the right end of the beach, there is one of the cliffs: Punta Pirámides (Pyramids Point). From the base, it impacts with its beauty; from the top, it let us enjoy a magnificent seascape.

    En el extremo derecho de la playa, se encuentra uno de los acantilados: Punta Pirámides. Desde la base, impactca con su belleza; desde la cima, permite disfrutar de un magnífico paisaje.

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    Punta Pardelas

    by andal13 Written Sep 25, 2003

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    Punta Pardelas

    The left end of the beach has another awesome cliff: Punta Pardelas. It invites to climb it and enjoy the grandness of the Golfo Nuevo.

    El extremo izquierdo de la playa tiene otro imponente acantilado: Punta Pardelas. Invita a escalarlo y disfrutar de la magnificecia del Golfo Nuevo.

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