Sitio Oficial del Municipio de Puerto Pirámides, Península Valdes Patagonia Argentina



Latitude: 42.35 (S)
Longitude: 64.17 (W)

Time zone UTC: -3
Puerto Pirámides is located 1.430km (888 miles) away from Buenos Aires, 2392km (1486 miles) from Salta to the North, and 1829km (1136 miles) from Ushuaia to the South.

Distances from others touristic spots. Cataratas del Iguazú: 2656 Km. Mendoza: 1600 Km. El Calafate: 1.418 Km. Bariloche: 966 Km. Esquel: 644 Km
Nearest touristic spots.Punta Tombo:
221 Km. Dique Ameghino: 218 Km. Gaiman: 185 Km
Nearest important cities.
Comodoro Rivadavia: 490 Km. Viedma: 477 Km. Rawson: 152 Km. Trelew: 171 Km. Puerto Madryn: 104 Km
Nearest airports: Trelew and Puerto Madryn.





From October to February, the monthly average wind speed in the region is above the annual average. A study of the wind potential in Puerto Piramides indicates that the average annual wind speed is 25 km / h (Barros and Co., 1981, cited in "Management Plan for the Peninsula Valdes System").



The maritime climate characteristics makes the annual temperature variation relatively small, with the maximum and minimum bit extreme in summer and winter, respectively. The annual range of values of the mean monthly temperature is 10 ° C, with monthly averages of 18 ° C in summer and 8 ° C in winter.


Puerto Patrón: Puerto Madryn
Carta Argentina H.264
Lat.: 42° 46'SLong.: 65° 02' W
Régimen de Mareas:
Semidiurno 4 h 20'
Nivel Medio: 2,99 m


The general aspects of the climate of the Peninsula Valdes are the same that characterize the climate of the northern region of Patagonia, modified locally by interactions between the atmosphere and adjacent water sources. The meteorological variables measured by the CENPAT are based on data from the weather station in the city of Puerto Madryn, for which the climate of Puerto Piramides has variations with respect to rainfall and sheltered from winds.


Prevailing winds in Puerto Piramides: West Southwest.

Prevailing winds in Patagonia are from the West, and Puerto Piramides suffer the brunt of the southwest wind, which is completely exposed by its geographical location.
During the winter the North / Norwest winds are wetter as the anticyclone is located over the Atlantic Ocean. During the summer, northerly winds have a more continental influence as the anticyclone runs to the west and in consequence are drier.
Another phenomenon that occurs in the New Gulf during the summer is the Sea Mist. This effect appears thanks to the increased solar radiation and low water availability in the soil causing large thermal amplitudes, as a marked difference in temperature between the strip continental and coastal waters of the Golfo Nuevo.
On clear days after the post-noon daily maximum temperature, a sea breeze enters from the Southeast sector up to 50 km onshore. The city of Puerto Madryn is fully exposed to the sea breeze effect, unlike Puerto Piramides which is repaired from easterly winds. Because of the effect Sea Mist during the summer, navigation becomes difficult in the waters of Puerto Madryn, in the early hours of the afternoon; while in Puerto Piramides nautical activities can continue smoothly.

Winds from the SW sectors and O occur at a frequency of approximately 38% in summer and 50% in winter. In spring and summer, particularly in this last season, the relative frequency of winds is from northeast sector.


The seasonal variation of precipitation is small, but has a peak in the April-June quarter and is uniformly distributed in other quarters of about 50 mm each.

Since almost all of the Patagonian territory region is influenced by winter rainfall from the Pacific and has low rates of rainfall. West moist air is intercepted by the Andes that retain the moisture. The annual rainfall decreases towards the interior of the peninsula, ranging from 225 mm to 200 mm periphery in the central area. According to the records (CENPAT 1982-2001) of the period, the average annual value of the rainfall is 235.9 mm, which means an increase of 36% over the twentieth century.


Puerto Patrón: Puerto Madryn
Carta Argentina H.264
Lat.: 42° 46'SLong.: 65° 02' W
Régimen de Mareas: Semidiurno 4 h 20'
Nivel Medio: 2,99 m

For the pattern of the port area, Puerto Madryn (42 ° 46 'S - 65 ° 02' W) the average level is 2.99 m, with mean amplitudes of 4.69 m in sicigias y2,87 m in quadratures. The surface water temperature has average annual values near 13 ° C, with peaks in summer 18-20 ° C. In winter, the minimal values are 8-9 ° C.

New Gulf waters are generally clear. The distinguishing feature of the waters surrounding the Peninsula is the large tidal range that is recorded therein. The geometry of the platform favors amplification of the day tide in the entire Patagonian coast. In particular, in the Gulf San José (San Román Anchorage) the mean amplitude is 5.8 m (with a maximum of more than 8.7 m) and the Gulf Nuevo (Puerto Madryn) the mean amplitude is 3.8 m (with a higher maximum the 5.7 m). Additionally the geometry of the coast makes the phase shift of the tidal wave between the two gulfs is approximately 6 hours, that is, almost exactly half cycle.

The characteristic data of the tide can be found in Tide Tables published annually by the Naval Hydrographic Service of the Navy.

Link: http://www.hidro.gov.ar/Oceanografia/Tmareas/Form_Tmareas.asp


The geomorphologic characterization of Puerto Piramides is part of the general characterization of the Valdes Peninsula, which lies on a plain by structural devastation, consisting of remnants of erosion. Its surface, stabilized banks pebble cemented by carbonates, has sheltered from erosion of friable strata of the tertiary deposits. Throughout the entire marine coastal plain is destroyed by the recoil of a steep erosion front, which falls short of cliffs cut square, as seen in Puerto Piramides.

The town of Puerto Piramides is located in an area corresponding to a coast erosion, with significant development of active and inactive cliffs and wave abrasion platforms.
This unit consists of cords can be seen in small pocket beaches and consists of deposits of various paleocurrent prograding of littoral drift that are high relative to current sea level and can be seen to the west of Punta Pyramid.

The landscape of the area in question is given, as previously mentioned, by a narrow beach area surrounded by cliffs and for a central area of coastal dunes. This area has geological stability, seismic activity and no current volcanic activity. Because coastal dynamics, can be frequent landslides and collapses on the edges of cliffs, which have already happened before on several occasions.