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Peninsula Valdes, Patagonia

Patagonia encompasses the vast southernmost regions of South America shared by Argentina and Chile. This sparsely populated region split by the southern section of the Andes Mountains is a wild and rugged landscape composed of deserts, steppes, glaciers, fjords, icefields, temperate rainforests and endless grasslands. There are few places left in the world where one can feel such great isolation and vast emptiness virtually untouched by man. Itís a land of endless coastlines punctuated with numerous bays, inlets and peninsulas abounding with birds and marine wildlife. With two coasts, the Pacific bordering western Chile and the Atlantic along the south eastern coastline of Argentina the area abounds with marine mammals.

Our visit was to Peninsula Valdes in Atlantic Patagonia where the low pampas meet the Atlantic Ocean. As a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site Peninsula Valdes is a massive mushroom shaped peninsula that forms two large protected bays as it juts out into the Atlantic. Initially settled by sheep farmers the peninsula is still home to very large private estancias (ranches) some of which have established small eco-lodges which focus on the amazing diversity of both terrestrial and marine wildlife. In addition to being an important breeding ground for the Southern Right Whales the region is home to several large Elephant Seal, Southern Sea Lion and Magellanic Penguin Colonies. One of the more unique elements of the region are the Orcas that have learned how to intentionally strand themselves on the beach to catch sea lion and elephant seal pups. A unique behavior not found anywhere else on the planet. On land one encounters flocks of flightless Rhea, herds of Guanaco along with over 100 species of birds, armadillos, grey fox, pumas, pampas cats, mara, cuis and many other unique creatures. We stayed at a couple of rustic eco-lodges on the Peninsula putting us in the heart of this wild country with its endless dirt roads where you wonít see another person or vehicle for hours. Our visit to Peninsula Valdes was more like an African safari then anything else. Our 1st visit was arranged by Terra Incognita Ecotours a boutique ecotour company we like to travel with. http://www.ecotours.com
Photos by Bill & Linda Klipp

Visit our blogs about our Photo Expedition to Peninsula Valdes:
Orca Beach Attack Blog: http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/orca-beach-attack
Peninsula Valdes Blog: http://billklipp.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/Patagonia_Wanderings_Peninsula_Valdes


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Southern Elephant Seal,  B&W 4a
Southern Elephant Seal, B&W 4a
Southern Sea Lion, Estancia La Ernestina  15
Southern Sea Lion, Estancia La Ernestina 15
Grebe, Estancia La Ernestina  1
Grebe, Estancia La Ernestina 1
Guanaco,  Estancia La Ernestina  1
Guanaco, Estancia La Ernestina 1
Great Horned Owl, Estancia La Ernestina  6
Great Horned Owl, Estancia La Ernestina 6
Guanaco,  Estancia La Ernestina  4
Guanaco, Estancia La Ernestina 4
Southern Elephant Seal, Estancia La Ernestina  3
Southern Elephant Seal, Estancia La Ernestina 3
Grey Fox   7
Grey Fox 7
Burrowing Owl  21
Burrowing Owl 21
Burrowing Owl  20
Burrowing Owl 20
Southern Right Whale, Puerto Piramides  4
Southern Right Whale, Puerto Piramides 4
Southern Sea Lion, Estancia La Ernestina  1
Southern Sea Lion, Estancia La Ernestina 1
Dunes, Peninsula Valdes  6
Dunes, Peninsula Valdes 6
Southern Sea Lion, Estancia La Ernestina  12
Southern Sea Lion, Estancia La Ernestina 12
Chimango Caracara, Estancia La Ernestina  1
Chimango Caracara, Estancia La Ernestina 1
Southern Right Whale, Puerto Piramides  6
Southern Right Whale, Puerto Piramides 6
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