After the first amazing experience seeing penguins and elephant seals with Categoría Patagonia tours, I went on a second full-day tour of Peninsula Valdez. We saw a lot of great stuff, but I’m going to go straight to the highlight of the tour.
Southern Right Whales
The Southern Right Whales are here June through December. I kept asking how likely it really is to see whales.
I mean, they are “in the wild.”
Can there really be a guarantee?
Usually, tour companies will not guarantee seeing any specific wildlife. But Martin promised me.
The Boat Ride
Our whale watching boat ride across Golfo Nuevo was organized through Southern Spirit Cruises.
As we boarded the boat, I just kept wondering if this would be the only boat that doesn’t get to see the whales. Apparently, I am still thinking negatively despite my best efforts to improve upon that.
We drove for about 20 minutes.
And then our boat captain spotted them.
The Show Begins
Not only did I get a glimpse of a whale, they hung out near our boat for a LONG time.
Everyone got excited. The whale tempted us with glimpses of its tale.
The woman next to me kept saying, “Mira! Mira! La cola!”
I felt like I was watching a paid, rehearsed performance.
We were out there for over an hour, yet it only felt like 10 minutes.
The boat turned to head back.
And then off in the distance, I saw the grand finale.
Check out more photos from Peninsula Valdes, including elegant guanacos, a curious armadillo, MORE adorable penguins, MORE elephant seals, and MORE whales.