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Peninsula Valdes (Argentina)

Peninsula Valdes is one of the great classic of the Patagonia but I must admit that I never tire of returning. Everything is in the image of Patagonia: excess, vastness, and wilderness.
Equipped with an abundant fauna, is an animal paradise. The marine fauna is of course, the best represented, includes among others: dolphins, sea lions, elephant seals, Magellan penguins, southern whales, orcas.

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The weather is cold and arid; the peninsula is covered with sparse vegetation. On the other hand has a rather poor fauna characteristic of the Patagonian plateau: gangs, some guanacos, gray foxes, skunks and several species of birds.
The peninsula has a particular climate location: it is protected from rainfall through the Andes, and benefits of a marine environment so important that its form has further increased the length of its coastline.

At first glance when you get into the peninsula, the environment seems sterile and barren, but on the coast attracts an unusual amount of animal species. The result is a collection of ecosystems ready to amaze both tourist as well as scientist.
Also, I emphasize this point, the animals here are well visible and their number is impressive. The area is protected and the animals feel complete safety.
The 'star' of the Peninsula is of course the Southern Right whale. Watching them is a unique experience that we could almost touch them.
Each year in winter, these whales can be observed during the breeding season and calving. The whale watching has become one of the major tourist activities in the country. It is easy to see, either from shore or from boats, the parade bridal males to gain the favor of the female courted.

The other big attraction of the Peninsula Valdes, but much harder to observe, is a phenomenon almost unique in the world, the whales killer attacks, who risking their lives, attack the young of otaris making their first steps into the water.
In 1999 UNESCO declared the Peninsula Valdes like World Heritage.

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Patagonia in all seasons menu. For example, according to the climate, from Bariloche, in Patagonia Argentina, it is possible to go to Puerto Montt, in Chile, crossing successively three lakes by boat, as did the Jesuits and the first German settlers. I offer a tour that leads to the Pacific Ocean. It is quite long, but the beauty of the sites - forests, volcanoes and crystalline lakes - is such that it is worth to be carried. The Argentine side, cross the west arm of Nahuel Huapi and Lake Puerto Alegre and, the chilen side, Lake Todos los Santos. Moving from one lake to another by bus. This tour is feasible in all seasons, but in winter, it takes two days to reach Puerto Montt, stopping for one night at Peulla. We returned to Bariloche by air or by the same way, after a night in Puerto Montt. Borispatagonia is also responsible for visas to go to Chile and to book hotels. In Patagonia, winter and summer are tourist seasons. In summer, besides explore the surrounding, many activities are available: climbing, torrent fishing, sailing, horseback riding, hiking, rides, visits to Aciendas... In winter, the main activity is, of course, skiing, especially in July and August on the side of the Andes, but not only: snowshoe hikes, thematic tours, many walks to admire the beauty of Patagonia Argentina and Chile in this season, due a unique light, the warmth of the people of Patagonia... Just to talk about, I get goose bumps!