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Reserva Faunística Península Valdés

Reserva Faunística Península Valdés

Reserva Faunística Península Valdés is a natural reserve that protects biosphere of the peninsula Valdes and was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.



Location: Chubut Province Map

Area: 3650 square km





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 fish.


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.









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