Southern Right Whale Nature Safari

Southern right whale tour – Nature safari through Patagonia’s wild south

For more than 2o years we have been travelling along the coast of Patagonia to visit the Southern Right Whales in their breeding and calving grounds. Every year we return to this fascinating setting. This tour is a journey into the breath-taking wildlife of the Patagonian coast. Besides whales and dolphins, sea lions, elephant seals and the animals of the Pampa you encounter Magellanic penguins, Southern Rockhopper penguins, Red Legged cormorants, albatrosses and many other inhabitants of the Argentinian Atlantic coast. You move off the beaten tourist tracks and travel through beautiful landscapes.

Patagonia Project

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Comodoro Rivadavia

Arrival at the airport in the afternoon or in the evening where you are welcomed by your guide. Drive to the south to Puerto Deseado. Overnight at Hotel Los Acantilados.

Day 2: Boat safari in the course of Ría Deseado

During high tide boat expedition to the shallow river. There you have the opportunity to observe many sea birds and the Commerson’s Dolphins, also called Skunk or Panda Dolphins due to their black and white colourings. With a size of about one meter they are one of the smallest species among whales and dolphins in the world and can only be found in two geographically separate areas in the Southern Hemisphere. As of late there have also been spotted Chilean Dolphins in the river. On the way you stop at Bird Island where colonies of sea gulls, cormorants and penguins breed. Overnight at Hotel Los Acantilados. (B)

Day 3: Safari by car along Ría Deseado

You drive along the course searching for nice landscape themes, wind trees and erosion valleys. If you are lucky you meet owls and foxes in the canyons and visit nesting sites of cormorants along the steep faces of the stream course. Overnight at Hotel Los Acantilados. (B)

Day 4: The Island of Rockhopper penguins

You visit of the Island of Penguins which is about 20 km away from the coast and which accommodates the northernmost and only accessible colony of Rockhopper penguins. Apart from around 60,000 Magellanic penguins there live also elephant seals, sea lions, skuas, cormorants, Commerson’s and Peale’s dolphins. Bird lovers will be happy, because until now there could be observed 136 different species. Especially the Grey cormorant with its steel blue eyes is of outstanding beauty. Those rare animals nest on the cliffs of the river bed. On the Island of Penguins there are also the remains of a 18th century sea lion factory and the centennial lighthouse. Each year only 200 tourists are allowed to visit the island. Overnight at Hotel Los Acantilados. (B)

Day 5: Drive to Sarmiento

You leave the coast and drive to the interior of the country. Today’s destination is Sarmiento, a village in the middle of the pampas. On route you stop at viewpoints along the coast and of course always when animals are crossing the way. Overnight in Sarmiento. (B)

Day 6: The petrified forests of Sarmiento

Around 20 km away from Sarmiento there is a breath taking nature park. Winds formed an erosion landscape where petrified trees and volcanic eruptions make fantastic themes. A special permit allows a hike in the areas of the national park that are usually closed to the public. Together with a ranger you enjoy the indescribable landscape. Overnight in Sarmiento. (B)

Day 7: Drive to Península Valdés

After a comfortable breakfast you head to the north to peninsula Valdés. On the way you visit the Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio in Trelew. Here you marvel at the Argentinosaurus Rex and other great exhibits. In the evening arrival at Puerto Pirámides. You stay at The Paradise Hostería. The small, cosy rooms all have modern bathrooms with hot and cold running water. There is a good restaurant in the hotel where breakfast is also served. There, you can already possibly see the whales jumping in Golfo Nuevo. (B)

Day 8 to 13: The whales of the Península Valdés

During the following four days you do whale watching at the ocean each morning and evening. The crew on the boat is able to interpret the different behaviours of the animals such as mating, feeding, breaching, fluking, but also the socialisation between females and their calves. The bays around Puerto Pirámides belong to the best places in the world to observe large whales close-by. Southern Right Whales are known to be very interactive and curious about people and boats which is why they usually get quite close to the boats. Ashore you do excursions into the nature. This includes a hike at the beach, the visit of sand dunes and of the Loberia. One day a day trip around the Península Valdés is planned. Wildlife that can be encountered on the beaches and along the coast includes elephant seals and a lot of sea birds and animals of the Pampa. Though guanacos, foxes and maras (pampa rabbits) may be your companions. Overnight at The Paradise Hostería. (B)

Day 14: Departure

Today you leave the paradise. Transfer to the airport Trelew in the early morning. (B)

Travel dates

13.10.2018 – 26.10.2018

Rates

3,490 USD per person in a double room
600 USD for single supplement

Rates include

  • 4 nights in a double room at Hotel Los Acantilados including breakfast
  • 2 nights in a double room at a hotel in Sarmiento including breakfast
  • 7 nights in a double room at The Paradise Hostería including breakfast
  • All transfers from airport Comodoro Rivadavia/to airport Trelew
  • German guide and English speaking local guides
  • 4 days Whale Watching with 2 daily tours
  • All excursions as stated in the program
  • Group size: minimum 8, maximum 12 participants

Rates exclude

  • Flights to Comodoro Rivadavia/from Trelew
  • Bus transfers between international and national airport in Buenos Aires
  • Meals not mentioned in “Rates include”
  • National park fees (in total around 300 USD per person)
  • Insurance (We strongly recommend a travel cancellation insurance and a travel helath insurance.)
  • Gratuities

Notes

  • All transfers and nature observations are realized together with the participants of the Southern Right Whale Photo Safari.
  • Please be aware that the excursions depend on the weather conditions and are therefore not guaranteed.
  • Accommodation and itinerary may change without prior notice due to unexpected circumstances.

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