Punta Norte, Peninsula Valdes

Punta Norte, perched high above the ocean on Argentina’s Peninsula Valdes, is a great place to spot Orcas from shore. And it is an ideal spot to observe sea lions and Southern Elephant Seals. Yet a trip to the northeast tip of this World Heritage Site is about more than marine mammals. The journey across the peninsula affords a glimpse at steppe fauna; animals (tinamous, armadillos, cuis, tucu-tucus, gatos del pajonal, southern gray fox, maras, and guanacos), lizards and birds. A ranger station, information center and souvenir shop, selling snacks and drinks, are also found at Punta Norte.
Getting There
Punta Norte is situated on the northeastern tip of Peninsula Valdes and is located 72 km (45 mile) from Puerto Piramides on the N3. Of the note, the road is gravel track.
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When to Travel
Spring (September - November) is the best time of year to visit Peninsula Valdes. Not only is it the peak season for sea life viewing, the weather is generally mild and sunny. Southern right whales frequent these waters from May to December with top viewing in September and October. Orca whales are regularly sighted from August through November and February through April. Dolphins - dusky, long-finned pilot, Commerson and Peale - make their home here from August through March but are most frequently sighted in summer from December to February. Southern elephant seals and sea lions are year-round residents yet viewing is best from December to April. Magellanic penguins nest in October and November; newborns are active from December to March. Birding is best from September to February when migratories are present.
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Things to Keep in Mind
Allow two full days to visit the peninsula; the complete tour is nearly 300 kilometers!
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