Visitajes, Ballenas Francas
/ Visit the whales
Mother whale in a bay of Peninsula
Valdez. November 2002.
Photo by the editor © Rob Nuijten, Amsterdam. Torito
Instead of making the
day-tour from Puerto Madryn (airport and costal town) and
visit the peninsula, the whales, the penguins, sea
eliphants, orca's all in one day and at the end of it, be
brought back to Puerto Madryn, I decided to do the day tour
but have me dropped off at Puerto Piramides, at the
peninsula, and check into a cheap room. The day-tour guide
and driver would pick me up after 3 days, at the end of on
one of their next tours.
This way I could stay at the peninsula and hang around at
the bay in which the whales bring up their young. Every day
I made an 'avistaje', an organised boat trip towards the
whales and every time we saw a few. Sometimes as close as
the one on the photo above, one times even closer, when a
big whale dived under our boat and calmly swam to the other
side. The closest encounter was with a baby whale (as big as
an elephant), who swam to our boat to take a close look at
the strange creatures with the bright orange vestst in
The water is very cold and mostly only the locals manage to
swim in it. Swimming with the whales is not allowed here.
It's a nature reserve and mosts boats come already closer
than ever was meant to be. Puerto Piramides has also scuba
diving facilities. One could be scuba diving with a whale
swimming at 50 mtrs distance, as I experienced myself.
Swimming towards the whales however, is not allowed. The
park watchers may have you and your instructor be thrown in
prison for it.
To the peninsula, there's
little public transport facilities. Some days even
Rob Nuijten, editor
of Go Tango Worldwide.
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