Península Valdés
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Península Valdés

North of Puerto Madryn, the Península Valdés extends out into the Atlantic like the head of a hammer, connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the world's best places to see a number of marine mammals: elephant seals and sea lions on the beaches, southern right whales and orcas in the ocean surrounding the peninsula. The peninsula is larger than you might realize looking at a map—at 3,600 square kilometers (1,390 square miles), it's not much smaller than the entire state of Rhode Island. Seeing it all in a day is impossible, but guided tours departing from Puerto Madryn will take you to some of the best spots to see the wildlife.

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