Catch sight of Whales It is one of the most exciting experiences that you can live in contact with nature, and the Peninsula Valdes (Chubut), declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is one of the best destinations in the world to do so.
Every year, the southern right whales come to this corner of Patagonia and stay in the Nuevo and San José gulfs to fulfill their reproductive cyclein which some give birth, others mate, and others wean their young.
Although this is not a static cycle, it generally extends between May and December. Next, we tell you everything you need to know to enjoy this experience.
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What are the best months to see whales?
This year, the whale season was formally inaugurated on June 16, and local authorities calculate that it will last until December. However, within this period, the best time to spot them is in september and in october.
during these months arrives the largest number of copies to the Valdés Peninsula, so tourists have greater chances of seeing them from different points.
What sighting options exist
One of the best known alternatives is through the sailings departing from Puerto Pirámides, in the Valdés Peninsula Protected Natural Area. There are six companies authorized to offer sightings; Excursions take place every day and last about an hour and a half.
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Another option to see whales is from the beach in the El Doradillo Natural Protected Area (12 kilometers from Puerto Madryn). On these extensive beaches, it is possible to sit at sunset, mate in hand, and see them at a very short distance from the coast.
Finally, there is a special craft that submerges under water and allows mammals to be contemplated in all their dimensions. In this case, departures are subject to weather conditions.