Puerto Pirámides Travel Guide
I was really close to the whale
My best picture of the whale
View of the entrance to P. Piramides
Pure, clear, natural, lonely place so far away.
not much to do in the town
In a nutshell
whales....and nothing much else
Hiking around Puerto Piramides
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...
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...
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...
Tour the Penninsula
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...
Up Close Whale Watching
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...
Visitors Information Center
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,...
Las Restingas Hotel
1 Review and 20 Opinions This is the swankiest hotel in town, but then again, there's not much competition. It's true that it...
Parador La Elvira: Culinary Oasis
If you're out driving around the penninsula there are basically only two options for getting food and drink:Punta Delgada, this is principally a hotel but they will feed outside guests. Their operating hours are limited and it requires driving down a small road off the...
The Paradise Pub: Seafood at its best
Open all day, the restaurant offers the most delicious and varied dishes based on fresh products from the area, such as seafood and fish, but also lamb, pasta and naturist homemade dishes accompanied by a wide range of wines from a well assorted cellar.
Mixed Seafood Salad...
From B.A to Puerto Piramides
From Buenos Aires there are daily flights to the city of Puerto Madryn and from there you get cheap and direct transport service to Puerto Piramides. Also, you can access by land through National Route 3.The Valdes Peninsula is a protected area, so we you must pay an access...
Puerto Madryn to Puerto Piramides
There is only one bus a day between Puerto Madryn and Puerto Piramides, leaving Madryn at 9.30 and returning at 6. It costs 11.50 pesos each way, and the trip takes about 1.5 hours. It can be longer on the way out if the bus is full as there is a stop at the park entrance...
La Casa de la Tía Alicia: Handicrafts
What to buy: Local handicrafts and other regional stuff are the "must buy activity" in Puerto Pirámides; the whale tail (caudal fin) is the leitmotif of handicrafts.
"La Casa de la Tía Alicia" (Aunt Alicia's House) sells the most original handicraft of the town; besides, close to the shop, Alicia displays her pictures made of sea wracks, really creative and beautiful.
Las artesanías locales y otros artículos regionales son la compra obligada en Puerto Pirámides; la cola de la ballena es el leitmotif de las artesanías.
"La Casa de la Tía Alicia" vende las artesanías más originales del pueblo; además, junto a la tienda, Alicia expone sus cuadros hechos con algas, realmente creativos y bellos.
Updated Sep 24, 2003
Address: Pink house at main street
Where to Get Breakfast Staples
There is only place in the whole town where you can buy pastries, croissonts, etc for breakfast. It is the first little grocery store that is on the left side of the road as you are driving into the town. Every morning at about 8:30 they get a new batch delivered from a...
watch the weather!
well..not really a warning or danger...but, if the sea is rough, the boats will NOT go out. You need to keep an eye on the weather in order to see if the boats will even be going out. It could be best to go first thing in the morning, and then see how the weather behaves thoughout the day. Or, you could just get lucky. We did.
Written Dec 28, 2005
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- Whale Watching
Don't forget your coat!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: We went in September (the end of the winter) and it was really cold; although "it never rains in Patagonia", it was raining, so take warm clothes and a rain coat; of course, your most comfortable shoes or boots.
Fuimos en septiembre (a finales del invierno) y hacía frío realmente; aunque "nunca llueve en la Patagonia", estaba lloviendo, así que lleven ropas de abrigo y una chaqueta impermeable; por supuesto, sus zapatos o botas más cómodos.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Puerto Pirámides it a very small town, and it is far from any city, so take all you need.
Puerto Pirámides es un pueblo muy pequeño, y está lejos de cualquier ciudad, así que lleven todo lo que necesiten.
Photo Equipment: Ditto
Written Sep 24, 2003
The seagulls are common inhabitants in all the beaches of the world, and Puerto Pirámides is not an exception; the oddity is the behaviour of these birds: during the "whale season" (from May to December), seagulls fly over the whales and sting them, to eat their fat! Las...
The local fauna in Península Valdés is not only integrated by whales and elephant seals; the esrthling fauna is very interesting, too, but it is more difficult to watch. When you ride the roads of Península Valdés (or another Patagonian places), look carefully among the...
I never had the opportunity to dive in my life, so this would be my first time: the didactic trip left us one free morning, and Puerto Pirámides is a special place for diving, so I was very excited. But the rain changed our plans, so we had any free morning... :-( Some of...
You can practice this kind of sports by your own, but sometimes is better to be accompanied by an expert guide; we were leaded all the way long by this cute dog, who offered his services for free!Ustedes pueden practicar este tipo de deportes por las suyas, pero algunas...
Entrance ticket to Peninsula Valdes
It costs 40 pesos for foreigners (12 for Argentineans) to enter Peninsula Valdes. Tickets can be bought at the tourist information offices in Madryn (there is one in the bus station) or at the office on the roadside entrance to the Peninsula. Most tours do not include the...
The tickets you get at the Reservation entrance are quite nice. Always with a remarkable pic of the natural beauties of the Peninsula. You can get the tickets not only as a good memory of your visit, but a nice spot of the wild nature of the surroundings.
Sea Lions spots,...
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