Valdes Peninsula Orca Photography Special – Small Group 9 Days
This unique and exciting itinerary takes you to the Valdes Peninsula during the heart of the Orca season in Punta Norte. Opportunities to stay within the Punta Norte region are very rare and this unique trip gives you exclusive access to get up close to these rarely spotted majestic members of the dolphin family and enjoy unsurpassed photographic opportunities. April is one of the best months to see Orca due to it being pupping season for the Southern Sea Lions, the Orca's typical hunting targets.
Amongst the company of expert guides you will enjoy a fascinating 3 day Orca programme in Punta Norte studying the Orca’s behaviour and capturing that perfect wildlife picture, before travelling to beautiful Punta Ninfas for 2 night stay. Enjoy guided walks among Magellanic penguins, see rookeries of elephant seals or simply relax by the beach.
Sandwiched between 2 nights in Buenos Aires this excellent itinerary is perfect for photographers of all skill levels, from expert to novice, and is a wildlife viewing opportunity not to be missed.
***Please note: You will be travelling in a small group with a maximum of 6 participants. Prices shown are based on 2 people sharing. Single supplements may apply. Discounts are available for bookings of 4 or more people.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
Special Guest Photography GuideChris was 32 when he finally realised he really did want to be a photo-journalist and walked out on his career in IT sales to become a wildlife photographer Read more >
- Participate in a unique & fascinating Orca programme in the company of expert guides
- Witness other intriguing wildlife including Magellanic penguins, sea lions and an amazing biodiversity of birds
- Spectacular scenery and beautiful accommodations
- Unsurpassed wildlife photography opportunities
- Pre and post-tour stays in Buenos Aires
- 3 day Orca programme with expert guides
- Accommodation and meals as stated in itinerary
- Internal flights between Buenos Aires & Trelew
- Road transfers between accommodations
- Museum of Paleontology tour
- Visit to Puerto Madryn Eco center
ITINERARY8 Nights 9 Days
- Day 1 | Buenos Aires
- Day 2 | Buenos Aires to Trelew and Estancia La Ernestina
- Days 3 - 5 | Orca Programme in Punta Norte
- Day 6 | Punta Norte to El Pedral Lodge, Punta Ninfas
- Day 7 | El Pedral Lodge, Punta Ninfas
- Day 8 | Punta Ninfas to Buenos Aires
- Day 9 | Buenos Aires
Arrive in Buenos Aires on your independent flight and make your way to your included overnight stay at the Palo Santo Hotel on a B&B basis.
You are free to spend the day enjoying this vibrant capital city. Take a walking tour, explore the colourful districts or simply relax and soak up the unique atmosphere of this eclectic city.
Buenos Aires to Trelew and Estancia La Ernestina
Transfer to the airport for flight to Trelew (included in price). Join group transfer (included) to La Ernestina, an authentic estancia located at the edge of the sea and the peninsula road, just a few kilometres from Punta Norte. Along the way enjoy a visit to The Museum of Paleontology "Egidio Feruglio" (MEF). Located near one of the world's largest and richest fossil deposits, MEF offers fascinating opportunities to know and appreciate the natural history of our planet, with a combination of scientific exploration and education with audiovisual entertainment.
Arrive at La Ernestina for 3 night’s accommodation on a full board basis.
Orca Programme in Punta Norte
Each morning after breakfast you will depart in a 4x4 vehicle with Juan, your expert guide who has dedicated his life to watching Orcas and studying their behaviour. Your Orca programme aims to offer you the very best opportunities to witness these remarkable animals up close. You will spend your days studying their behaviour, learning how to respect and take care of them, and “chasing the puffs” moving from spot to spot to capture that perfect photo and experiencing the emotional moments when you finally catch sight of these killer whales in their natural habitat.
A packed lunch will be provided each day and you will return in the early evening for dinner at the estancia.
Punta Norte to El Pedral Lodge, Punta Ninfas
Transfer by road to El Pedral Lodge in Punta Ninfas for a 2 night stay on a full board basis.
On the way we will stop for lunch at Puerto Pirámides (payable locally) and enjoy an included visit to the Puerto Madryn Eco Center. The Eco center exhibits art collections and scientific investigations related to the sea. It is an opportunity to explore, get in touch and understand its relationship with the areas fauna and flora diversity.
Arrive at El Pedral Lodge in time for dinner.
El Pedral Lodge, Punta Ninfas
Enjoy a day of activities at the lodge including a guided walk among Magellanic penguins, observation of a rookery of elephant seals, a visit to the Punta Ninfas’ lighthouse, self-guided treks, bike rides, or simply relax by the pool or one of the nearby beaches. The schedule of activities offered during your stay will be dependent on weather conditions and availability.
Punta Ninfas to Buenos Aires
Enjoy breakfast and morning activities at the lodge. After lunch transfer to the airport for flight back to Buenos Aires (included). Upon arrival in Buenos Aires transfer to the Palo Santo Hotel for your final night’s stay (B&B).
Your exciting tour has come to an end. Independent transfer to airport for flight home or choose to extend your stay and enjoy more of this fantastic city.
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Palo Santo Hotel, Buenos Aires
This intimate luxury eco-friendly hotel is located in Palermo in Buenos Aires and fantastically showcases the beauty and sophistication of modern Argentinean design. With super stylish bedrooms, a fantastic restaurant serving delicious contemporary cuisine and a delightful rooftop terrace with sundeck and large hot tub this is an ideal base for exploring the area.
The large, modern and expertly designed bedrooms are light and airy featuring all the mod-cons needed for an exceptionally comfortable stay. Each stylish bedroom has a private balcony or terrace, free WiFi, state-of-the-art bathroom, climate control and iconic furniture pieces. Suites feature double balconies, living rooms and hydro-massage bathtubs.
The hotel is located within minutes of the area’s numerous bars, restaurants and coffee shops. Palermo is a trendy, fashionable, avant-garde neighbourhood and is renowned for being the top gastronomic area of the city.
Palo Santo is the first urban Green hotel in Latin America, with exceptionally environmentally friendly operations.
El Pedral, Punta Ninfas
The charming El Pedral Lodge is a beautiful Norman style historical manor built in 1923 and provides exceptionally comfortable accommodation perfect for exploring the spectacular wildlife of the Valdes Peninsula. Located just a short walk from the wild Patagonian coast, this excellent lodge offers a plethora of activities based around getting to know the unique wildlife that abounds here.
Enjoy guided walks among Magellanic penguins, observation of a rookery of elephant seals, a visit to the Punta Ninfas’ lighthouse, self-guided treks, bike rides, or simply relax by the pool or one of the nearby beaches.
The lodge itself features eight comfortable en-suite rooms, divided between the main farmhouse and a separate guest house. Each room has been beautifully decorated and many offer beautiful views of the gardens. The lodge also has a spacious dining area, a welcoming swimming pool, a cosy bar, a library and a snooker room.
Estancia La Ernestina, Punta Norte
This authentic estancia is located at the edge of the sea and the peninsula road, just a few kilometres from Punta Norte, in an area boasting the highest concentration of marine mammals and birds in the whole Peninsula Valdes. This is the perfect spot from which to see Orcas, Southern Elephant Seals, South American Sea Lions, Penguins, Southern Right Whales, birds and land fauna among many other species.
The estancia features 6 cosy and beautifully decorated bedrooms with ocean views, all set amongst 15000 hectares and 20km of coastline with exclusive access to the beach
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Thank you and your team for arranging what was a fantastic holiday in Argentina...Iguazu falls was exceptional with our guide knowing an awful lot about the falls and the wildlife. Could go on forever, but had better stop.
• We thought the accommodation was good throughout and offered a good mix of activities. All the transfers ran seamlessly and the food exceeded expectations. Really liked the hotel in Buenos Aires and the tango evening was a lot of fun. Thoroughly enjoyed our few days in the Lake district and the Perito Moreno Glacier and Fitz Roy didn’t disappoint and we even got lucky with the weather.
We were really lucky with the orcas and saw stranding every day. Frank, our guide did his very best to get us in the right position at the right time to make sure we all went home with some fantastic photos. I feel very privileged to have witnessed this spectacular event, it was just like the BBC documentary I watched a couple of years ago that first got me interested in whales.
The holiday was very enjoyable and well planned and was the perfect way to celebrate our anniversary. The best bit was the whale watching on the Valdes Peninsula and the copious amounts of red wine and steak we had, not at the same time I might add!
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