In May the first whales reach the Gulf and Peninsula Valdes.
There is no way to not see them: while walking along the rambla or to the end of the port of Madryn; from the plane within minutes of landing at the airport in the city or from the window of the hotels facing the sea; on boats, catamarans and submarines that cross the New Gulf and the entire perimeter of Peninsula Valdes. The tails appear and strike the sea with force, the jets break the Patagonian silence in each breath, the dark spots, sprinkled with white calluses here and there, come and swim under the boats, like playing hide and seek with those who visit.
Beginning in May, the first Southern Right Whales, one of the largest mammals in the world, begins to arrive in Puerto Madryn, and remain in the area until mid-December. In those months, they take advantage of the calm waters of the gulfs Nuevo and San José to reproduce, to give birth and to accompany their calves in the first incursions by the bottom of the sea. Due to its natural conditions, Peninsula Valdes was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1999, and was chosen by National Geographic magazine as one of the 10 best places in the world to see whales. In this sense, while the season lasts, the “Giants of Valdes” are counted to hundreds, which guarantees dynamic sightings, of several specimens, in various situations and behaviors.
Just 15 kilometers from the city, the El Doradillo Natural Protected Area is one of the best places to see courtship routines, births and how the mother whales teach them to swim their young from one end to the other of the Beach. Free and open access is a unique show in the world that is recommended to pair with a mates and picnic basket.
The coastal sight is a totally different experience, complementary, to the onboard sightings that are offered in Puerto Pirámides, the only town inside the natural reserve Península Valdés. On motorboats, gomones and catamarans, these excursions last approximately one and a half hours, can be during the day or in the evening light, and are accompanied by guides of nature with a lot of knowledge in the matter, experts in spotting whales in the distance . On the way to and from the Peninsula, it is recommended to visit the Interpretation Center Istmo Ameghino, where there is information on the flora and fauna of the area, illustrations and even a scale replica of a whale.
One of the last tourist proposals that arose in relation to the whales is that of the semi-submersible Yellow Submarine. Unique in the whole world, it is the first boat designed especially for whale watching, which allows passengers to observe whales both on the surface, from the top deck, and from the submarine cabin, through the 40 windows it has Below the water level. In addition, the ship has hydrophones to listen to the sounds emitted by whales.
Without being a sight excursion proper, the navigations of the Regina Australe by the coasts of Puerto Madryn usually include whales between May and December. The Regina is a large catamaran, which offers on board meals and a deck on the deck to enjoy the views and the open air on sunny days.
About Puerto Madryn: It is one of the most outstanding biological areas of the Patagonian coast, the presence of free whales, elephants and sea lions, Magellanic penguins, dolphins, killer whales and other species of terrestrial fauna and flora.
Some tourist attractions are: Isla de los Pájaros, Puerto Pirámides, Punta Delgada, Caleta Valdés and Punta Norte. On the other hand, Puerto Madryn was declared Capital of the Diving by the chamber of deputies in Argentina. It also has an Ecocentro, for the interpretation of ecosystems, the Oceanographic Museum and Natural Sciences, and the Municipal Museum of Art, among many other cultural alternatives.
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