Archive for Sunday, June 25, 2000

Options for whale tours, lodging abound

June 25, 2000


If you go to watch whales off the Valdes Peninsula, here are some things to consider:

Admission: Some half-dozen tour boat operators provide whale-watching expeditions off the Valdes Peninsula during the season, which runs until mid-December. Tickets are about $25 for a one-hour expedition, or $35 with overland transfer from nearby Puerto Madryn. Children under 8 go half-price.

Who to call: The Moby Dick Catamaran and Sur Turismo (54 29654) 509-66; Hydrosport (54 29654) 950-65; Aquatours (54 965) 950-15.

Getting there: Puerto Madryn is about 40 miles north of the international airport in Trelew, a two-hour flight from Buenos Aires. A one-way ticket costs between $79 and $119. Contact: Aerolineas Argentinas at (54-11) 4340-7777.

Several bus companies service Trelew daily from Buenos Aires. The one-way, 640-mile (1,000-kilometer) trip costs about $50. Some options: La Puntual (54 29654) 711-25 or Andesmar (54 29654) 737-64.

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