6 Amazing Animals to Photograph in Argentina

Argentina is full of diverse landscapes, which means that it also has a diverse range of wildlife. One of the best places for nature lovers to visit there is the Valdes Peninsula in Patagonia. The area harbors unique marine life, a variety of mammals, and many different bird species to enjoy. If you’re planning a trip to the country, these are six of the most amazing animals to photograph in Argentina!

1. Orca Whales

Orca whales are apex predators and one of the most stunning animals to get a shot of. These highly social creatures are amazing to observe in the world. Although killer whales are not endangered right now, some conservationists believe that the species is currently at risk.

There are different places to take pictures of orca whales around the world, but all of those are in the water. Did you know that the Valdes Peninsula is the only place where the orca whales beach themselves? The whales live in the area year round, and in the months of March and April they use a “beaching” technique to hunt. That means they intentionally come up onto the sand and risk their lives for one thing: baby seals. The tender meat is a delicacy and the orcas must come onto land to get to the protected pups.

Even if you don’t see this rare and unique phenomenon, you can still get the chance to photograph the orca whale pods in the area by boat, the beach, or even the high rising cliffs in the area.

2. Southern Right Whales

On a trip to the Valdes Peninsula, you are almost guaranteed the opportunity to photograph the southern right whale. During the months of June through December, tours spot the peaceful species floating gently along the coast. They have their babies during this time, so you may even be lucky enough to see a calf playing with its mother.

The southern right whale species was easy to hunt due to their docile lifestyle, and they came close to extinction before the species was protected. Now they are in recovery, but still have a ways to go. The females can reach up to 55 feet long, and fully grown southern right whales weigh almost 200,000 pounds!

These majestic creatures really should not be missed on any trip to Argentina, and are easy to photograph from the beaches, boats, small planes, or even while scuba diving in the area!

3. Elephant Seals

The fourth largest colony of elephant seals in the world is located on the Valdes Peninsula in Argentina. This is the only continental breeding ground for the species, so it’s the only place in the world that you can observe of the creatures giving birth and raising their young calves spread out along the sandy beaches.

The best time to visit is between the months of August and March, where you’ll be able to spot up to 500 harems of seals. Each one can contain one male and from two females all the way up to 100 or more. You can see the differences between them because the males grow much larger than their female counterparts. Be sure to snap some photos of the majestic creatures from afar, but don’t forget to get one or two of the cute pups as well!

4. Magellanic Penguins

The best time to see the Magellanic penguins in Argentina is from September to March. The animals breed in large colonies of up to one million along the coast, which makes for stunning photos. Magellanic penguins are small but a blast to watch interact with their families, neighbors, and fluffy chicks.

The penguins is named after the famous explorer Ferdinand Magellan whose crew was the first to circumnavigate the globe and spotted them along the way. Right now, the species is near threatened, and steps are being taken to protect them.

5. Birds

There is a vast array of birds in the Valdes Peninsula. Here bird lovers can photograph flamingos, burrowing owls, and other unique and interesting types. For example, the threatened species of Andean flamingos that migrate through the area is one of the rarest in the world.

You may also see a burrowing owl when you travel in the Valdes Peninsula. They can be difficult to find because they are solitary creatures, but it’s still possible to snap a photo of them on your trip to Argentina because they are often active during the day. Other bird species you should be on the lookout for in this part of the country are rheas, peregrine falcons, parakeets, condors, swans, ducks, and more.

6. Guanacos

Last but not least on our list of amazing animals to photograph in Argentina are the guanacos. This animal is related to the camel (but without the humps!) and you can find them throughout South America.

The furry creatures live in herds and only stand between three and four feet tall. Although they used to be hunted for their coveted fur, now the species lives on protected land in Argentina and is not threatened in any way. Guanacos may look cute and cuddly but the species is still wild, unlike their domesticated cousins the llama and alpaca. The best time to visit the area is between December and January to see the fierce fighting matches between the males to win their mates.
Photograph These 6 Animals on Your Trip to Argentina
Argentina is a perfect destination for animal lovers. On the Travel Vision Journeys carefully curated tours of the country, you’ll not only get the opportunity to experience the amazing landscapes and culture of the country, but also to see the diverse wildlife.

Learn more about the Argentina expeditions, and book your place for a once in a lifetime chance to photograph orca whales, southern right whales, Magellanic penguins, flamingos, owls, guanacos, and hundreds of the other species that the Valdes Peninsula has to offer!

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