Wildlife & landscapes of Patagonia Argentina

Walk along penguins or dive between sea lions in Patagonia Argentina

    Company Description

    MATER is a travel agency created by tourism professionals with a focus on responsible tourism experiences. We are a young and dynamic team who know the destinations and we are in every detail to achieve unique trips with a real exchange between locals and visitors and in total respect for the natural and cultural environment of the place being visited.

    What makes us special

    On MATER, we specialize in tailor-made tours in full contact with Argentinean landscapes and always focusing on responsible tourism, thus allows a real exchange between locals and visitors as well as respect for the natural and cultural environment of the place being visited.
    From the Andean North to the Patagonia region, but most important, our people. We offer programs with homestay accommodation, walking-tours within the rainforest or navigation under the Iguazu Waterfalls.

    Tour Program

    On arrival in Trelew, Patagonia you’ll be met at the airport or coach station and driven to your well-located hotel in Puerto Madryn, a coastal town with many sandy beaches and a restaurant-lined promenade, located across the bay from the Peninsula Valdes. Free time to discover the city on your own.

    Today you’ll have an early pick up for a 10-hour small-group excursion to Peninsula Valdes, a coastal and marine nature reserve declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. This area is a unique paradise for seabirds with over 180 species present, while the coastline is home to a wide range of marine mammals, including sea lions, elephant seals and fur seals. Between June and December Southern Right whales swim into the quiet waters of this gulf, so that the females can give birth. You’ll be accompanied by specialized guides throughout the day as you explore the coastline of the peninsula which serves as a unique habitat and breeding-ground for the region’s very diverse fauna. Your whale-watching adventure, also part of the Peninsula Valdes Excursion, takes place in Puerto Pirámides, 100 kms from Puerto Madryn. Your captain and specialized bilingual crew will show and describe the coastal and marine ecosystem, as you travel through the area. They’ll be explaining the natural and biological life cycle of the whales, including birth and the care of the whale-calf. Transfer back to Puerto Madryn for a free evening.

    There will be an early pick-up for a small-group guided excursion visiting the Magellan Penguin Reservation, the most important of its kind in Latin America. In the morning we’ll also stop at Puerto Rawson for an optional boat trip to see Toninas (the smallest dolphin in the world). We’ll continue on to Punta Tombo, a nature reserve, which between September and April plays host to around 150,000 pairs of Magellanic penguins who come here to incubate their eggs. You are also likely to see typical land mammals of the Patagonian steppes, including guanacos, rhea, maras (a relative of the guinea pig) and grey foxes. Next, we will go to Gaiman, a small Welsh settlement that dates back to 1874. Here you can visit the village and taste local specialities in one of the tea houses. Transfer to your well-located hotel where you will enjoy a homemade dinner.

    After breakfast, take any of the included activities: kayak, bike ride or guided trek. Then transfer to Trelew airport. End of the trip.

    Starting price per person in €

    600

    Community Programs

    You will have the chance of meeting local traditions, get involved in cultural and rural activities on amazing landscapes. On the other hand, the host communities benefit from the tourism that directly creates revenue and decent jobs in their villages, based on a sustainability model.

    Environmental Programs

    All of our planned trips are based on sustainability, preservation and environment appreciation (both natural and cultural).
    Our principles are:
    • Encourage positive environmental ethics and to inspire a proper behavior to the participants.
    • Not demote the natural resources.
    • Benefit the nature, its flora & fauna.
    • Provide a close encounter with the natural environment.
    • Involve the local community into touristic activities.
    • Measure the advantages in terms of: appreciation, education and awareness.
    • Know the importance of previous preparation and self-awareness by tour guides and tourists.

    Rewards & Certificates

    Mater Sustentable has been selected by TraveLife, an European certification for sustainable tourism. We are the first and only inbound travel agency in Argentina with this certification.
    We have also received an award by the Tourism Ministry due to our Environmental and Managament quality.

    How To Come To Us

    By flight

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