Shaped like an ax, the Valdes peninsula is marked by its vibrant coastline, a stunning array of tall cliffs, rocky reefs, and exotic marine mammals. Considered one of the most valuable wildlife areas in the world, Peninsula Valdes is home to the southern elephant seal, sea lion, and right whale.
It is joined to the continent by the Ameghino isthmus with the gulfs of San José in the north, and Nuevo in the south. It is part of Chubut Province in Patagonia.
Gulfs San Jose and Nuevo -- more like sheltered maritime lagoons than gulfs -- lie to the north and south of the peninsula. Year after year, animals return to these calm, protected waters to mate and raise their young. Large colonies of sea lions and elephant seals line miles of coastal beaches, while southern right whales harbor in the gulfs.
At Punta Norte there are elephant seals (breeding season late Sep/early Oct). Killer whales attack zone. At Caleta Valdes, 27 miles south of Punta Norte, you can see Magellan penguins (Oct-Nov nesting), sea lions (Dec-Jan breeding season) and elephant seals.
Peninsula Veldés was included by UNESCO in the World Heritage List in 1999.
Video of Peninsula Valdés by UNESCO