This november my husband and I visited Peninsula Valdes. We are real big fans of whales and thus were looking forward to see the southern right whales with their youngs. We found out that you can go to a perfect bay, named Punta Pardelas, only a 15 km drive from puerto piramides (when you leave Piramides in the direction of Puerto Madryn you can turn right on a dirtroad (direction Punta Norte and Punta Delgada), after a few km you will find a sign 'Punta Pardelas'). In this bay the whales are swimming with their babies and are getting VERY close to shore. We were just sitting on the rocks and watched the beautiful animals swimming by. They where only a couple of meters from us. And the good thing was is that we were not disturbing the whales at all and they could deside how close they would like to get.
The whalewatching boats are also going to this bay and we found it terrible to see how these boats were constantly getting closer and closer to the whales not respecting the space they need. We watched how a mother and baby, swimming close to shore for a long time, were swimming away at the moment that one of the boats was getting quite close.
Motherwhales swim all the way from Antartica, not eating anything, give birth to their babies and feed and protect them during their stay at Peninsula Valdes. They have a hard time even without being haunted every day by the whalewatch boats with al these tourists. So please think twice before you pay a lot of money to get on the whalewatching boats.
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