Valdes Peninsula

The Valdes Peninsula (Spainyie: Península Valdés) is a peninsula on the Atlantic coast in the Viedma Depairtment in the north east o Chubut Province, Argentinae. Aboot 3,625 km2 (896,000 acre; 1,400 sq mi) in size, it is an important naitur reserve which wis leetit as a Warld Heritage Steid bi UNESCO in 1999.

Península Valdés
UNESCO Warld Heritage Steid
Eared seals
CriteriaNatural: x[1]
Inscription1999 (23rd Session)


Peninsula Valdés, photo taken durin shuttle mission STS-68.

The nearest lairge toun is Puerto Madryn. The anly toun on the peninsula is the smaa dounset o Puerto Piramides. Thare are an aa a nummer o estancias, whaur sheep are raised.

Maist o the peninsula is barren land wi some salt lochs. The lairgest o thir lochs is at an elevation o aboot 40 m belaw sea level (see extremes on Yird), till recently thoucht tae be the lawest elevation in Argentinae an Sooth Americae. (The lawest pynt bein Laguna del Carbón, Argentinae).


The coastline is inhabitit bi marine mammals, lik sea lions, elephant seals an fur seals. Soothren lala richt whales can be foond in Golfo Nuevo an Golfo San José, pertectit bodies o watter locatit atween the peninsula an the Patagonie mainland. Thir baleen whales come here atween Mey an December, for matein an gien birth, acause the watter in the gulf is quieter an wairmer than in the open sea. Orcas can be foond aff the coast, in the open sea aff the peninsula. In this aurie, thay are kent tae beach themselves on shore tae captur sea lions an elephant seals.

The inner pairt o the peninsula is inhabitit bi rheas, guanacos an maras. A heich diversity an range o birds live in the peninsula as well; at least 181 bird species, 66 o which migratory, live in the aurie, includin the Antarctic Pigeon.


  1. Selection criteria: "to contain the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity, including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation." "The Criteria for Selection". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved February 2010. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)