Sea Kayak Adventures Offers Kayaking with Baby Whales in Patagonia
Sea Kayak Adventures is offering a program that provides the opportunity to kayak in waters with southern right whales and their babies in Peninsula Valdes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Argentina’s Patagonia. The program is available October through early December and is appropriate for novices in good health.
“The two lagoons on the Peninsula Valdes are to Antarctica’s southern right whales what the lagoons of Baja are to the California gray whales, providing sheltered calving grounds in warmer waters” said Terry Prichard, founder of Sea Kayak Adventures. “The right whales feed in the rich waters of Antarctica the rest of the year, so this is the perfect window of opportunity to view the babies.”
Itineraries range from three to six days of paddling, whale watching and birding by kayak, and mostly camping, with some hotel nights. A two-hour skiff cruise among the whales can be added, as well as visits to a penguin colony and park headquarters. Guests will camp on beaches lined with cliffs full of fossils, where they can view rare mammals such as llama-like guanacos and maras near the camp, as well as the mother and baby whales just off the beach. The program will be led by expert local guides. Camp meals will include local specialties of lamb, seafood, beef, cheeses, fresh baked goods, mate tea and Malbec red wine. Tour prices start from $990, not including airfare to Trelew, Argentina.