Patagonia Kayaking Wildlife Adventure
Patagonia Kayaking – a Peninsula Valdés Wildlife Adventure - On Argentina’s Patagonian coast is one of the world’s greatest wildlife kayaking experiences. Peninsula Valdés, a UNESCO world heritage site, is the location of a spectacular congregation of animal species. Fully one third of the population of southern right whales, tens of thousands of elephant seals and countless Magellanic penguins come to the Peninsula every year to give birth and mate. Here the rich Malvinas current sweeps across one of the world’s broadest continental shelves which supports a complex and diverse marine ecosystem that includes many varieties of sea birds including southern giant petrels, black-browed albatrosses, snowy sheathbills, Magellanic oystercatchers and king cormorants.
By special permit we kayak along the shoreline of Provincial Marine Park Golfo San José past an otherworldly landscape of fossil studded cliffs and beaches backed by austerely beautiful Patagonian steppe. Motorized tour boats are not permitted in the area where we kayak and spectacular whale encounters while paddling are a certainty. While staying in a series of remote campsites we often observe whale mothers and calves only a few yards offshore and a range of exotic birds and land animals ashore.
Our Patagonia kayaking trips are timed for South American spring when wildlife viewing is at its peak, and we include a road tour around the Valdés Nature Reserve and a classic on-board whale watching excursion.