Description of Reserva Faunística Península Valdés
Reserva Faunística Península Valdés is located in
Chubut Province of Central Argentina. The closest large
settlement is Puerto Madryn, just to the West of the peninsula.
You can reach Reserva Faunística Península Valdés through a
narrow isthmus of Carlos Ameghino. Both sides are washed by clear
waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Much of the land is bare and devout of life with few salt lakes
spread around the area.
However it is the water of the Atlantic
Ocean that draw many tourists here. It is a favorite location
for whale watchers. Several species of whales migrate along
Argentinean shores every year. They are especially common
off the shore of
Reserva Faunística Península Valdés between May and December when warmer, calmer waters around
Peninsula Valdes became the birthing waters for expecting female
whales. The southern Gulf of Golfo Nuevo are particularly
popular with these majestic animals.
Other birds and animals include guanaco, magellanic
penguins, maras, rheas, pichi and thousands of sea lions,
elephant seals and fur seals that come to beaches. Various areas
of Reserva Faunística Península Valdésare taken by specific birds
that feed in salt lakes, ocean or other ecosystems in the area. In
total there are over 180 different birds in the national park. In
the Bay of San Jose you can glance at the famous Bird Island. You
can rent a boat to look at the colonies of gulls, cormorants and
other species, but you can't land on the island. Most of its
territory is covered by birds and their nests. Occasionally
you can see orcas that come here to hunt marine mammals and
Unlike other Argentinian parks,
Reserva Faunística Península Valdés does have one village of Puerto
Piramides. It is inhabited by the locals who keep their sheep farms
here. The rest of the territory is taken up by nature.