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El Pedral

El Pedral Lodge

Peninsula Valdes, Southern Patagonia, Argentina

At a Glance

  • Ideally located observe the spectacular wildlife of the Valdes Peninsula

  • Don't miss viewing whales from under the ocean on a Yellow Submarine vessel

  • Southern Right whales swim right up to the beach as the ocean here is so deep

  • August and September are the best times to see Southern Right whales

  • The barbecued local lamb is the real highlight on the menu

  • From September to January the lodge welcomes individual bookings and August, February, March and April the whole lodge is available to book in its entirety for families and groups of friends

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There is wildlife on the Peninsula Valdes year round however Southern Right Whale season is from June to November. December and January are high season. September and October are the best months, when there are fewer crowds, and the weather can still be beautifully mild. November to April brings the best weather, downpours are rare, and there’s usually enough sun to get fabulous photographs. In March and April, Autumn colours are spectacular, as the lenga on upper slopes of the mountains turns scarlet.

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Insider's View

El Pedral offers amazing Yellow Submarine experiences where you can view whales up close under the ocean. Some are really inquisitive and come right up to the windows, it is an experience not to be missed!

The lodge runs the most incredible colony project for penguins, when it started there were just 14 couples and by 2015 they hit 1791 couples! It is a fantastic program that the lodge enjoying sharing and that younger guests really enjoy too.

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Located on Punta Ninfas south of the Peninsula Valdés, is the charming Norman style El Pedral Lodge. A remote & rustic estancia, El Pedra is a short walk from the wild Patagonian coast renowned for incredible wildlife & the Southern Right Whale migration.

El Pedral Lodge offers incredible views out towards the Atlantic ocean and rugged landscapes, with fabulous wildlife viewing opportunities and many outdoor activities throughout the year. El Pedral was built in the 19th Century and is decorated with period furniture and offers eight en-suite guest rooms.

El Pedral offers a different experience to a regular hotel as it is an authentic, rustic estancia with friendly staff and excellent service. Much like the area in which it's located, El Pedral is remote, wild and beautiful and guests should be prepared for a drive down a dirt road to access the property, limited WiFi connectivity and no electricity from 10.30pm until 7.30am. Whilst perhaps not for everyone, for those looking to get off the beaten track in Patagonia, its all part of the charm.

El Pedral serves as an incredibly comfortable base for boat expeditions into the Valdes Peninsula, whale watching and viewing of one of the richest combinations of sea and bird life in the world from whales to penguins to sea lions and seals. A variety of outdoor activities can be experienced directly from the property, such as sea kayaking and boat trips to view wildlife, horseback riding, open-water fishing for mackerel and sea bass, or simply walking the beach and enjoying the serenity of the unspoiled coastline. El Pedral is also the starting point for unforgettable day trips to landmarks such as Puerto Pirámides, the hub of the Valdes Peninsula and centre of whale watching, or Punta Tomba, home to the continent's largest penguin colony.

For four months of the year the lodge is available for private hire Feb-April and August, designed for families or friends travelling together. For the rest of the season, from 01 September to 31 January, El Pedral is open for individual reservations - the ideal time for wildlife watching.

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El Pedral Lodge has eight comfortable en-suite rooms, divided between the main farmhouse and a separate guest house.


Children are more than welcome at El Pedral Lodge, and will love the activities available at the lodge, but there are no specific facilities.


El Pedral Lodge has a spacious dining room, a cosy bar and plenty of living areas, perfect for relaxing by the fireplace after a day's activities in the open air, a library, snooker room, barbecue and pool.


Guests at El Pedral Lodge can enjoy watching the Southern Right Whales in season (June to November) and visits to see the Elephant Seals (September to April), sea lions and penguins. It is also possible to arrange trekking, kayaking and fishing.


Holiday Ideas

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    • Ice-Trek on the mighty Perito Moreno glacier with crampons for a true Patagonian adventure
    • Cheer on the Boca Juniors at a football game in Buenos Aires

Location & directions

Peninsula Valdes, Southern Patagonia, Argentina

El Pedral is located in Punta Ninfas, the southern edge of Golfo Nuevo (New Gulf), by the Atlantic Ocean in the Chubut Province of Argentina. 46 miles from Puerto Madryn and 62 miles from Trelew.

How to get there

Direct access from Buenos Aires through either Puerto Madryn or Trelew airport. The transfer times to El Pedral Lodge are 1-hour 15-minutes and 1-hour 45-minutes respectively.

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