Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Patagonia Kayaking with Southern Right Whales:
Join us for an incredible sea kayaking and whale watching adventure in Argentine Patagonia. The Peninsula Valdes, a spit of the Patagonian steppe that juts out into the South Atlantic Ocean, is a protected nature reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site teeming with endemic wildlife. The lagoons here are THE calving ground for the Southern Right Whale. Armadillos, ostrich-like rheas, maras (Patagonian hares) and llama-like guanacos roam the sweeping landscape. Click on the BLUE TABS below for more details.
Overview
Duration 7- and 12-day itineraries
Length 6- and10 -days of kayaking
Intensity Beginner to Intermediate
Season late September to early December
Minimum Age 14
Begins In Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ends In Buenos Aires, Argentina
Airport Trelew, Argentina
Wildlife Right whales, elephant seals, penquins, rheas, guanacos
Details

October through early December, endangered Southern Right whales and their calves cruise the sheltered waters of Gulfo San Jose, located between the peninsula and the Patagonian mainland, where we navigate unobtrusively in our kayaks for close encounters with the whales, elephant seals, Magellanic penguins, southern sea lions, and dolphins.

The whales come here for mating and giving birth, because the protected water in the gulf is quieter and warmer than in the open sea. It’s the best place in the world to watch the nursing mothers and their playful calves up close from the shore and your kayak. Breaching, fin-slapping and tail-lobbing, the highly social whales will captivate your attention with their behavior.

Our introduction to Argentina begins with an overnight stay in the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires, often called the cradle of tango, before transferring to the airport the following morning for our southbound flight to Patagonia.

We offer two different itineraries for you to observe the Southern Right whales and discover Patagonia’s diverse, fascinating ecosystem of windswept steppes, unique wildlife, and dramatic coastline. Our Patagonia Whales & Kayaks 8- and 12-day itineraries include camping at a secluded beach at the center of whale activity that is also a research area for a local whale conservation organization.  It is the perfect place to see the whales as they surface and blow right in front of our camp!

On shore your guides will take you hiking to fossil-rich rock formations and beaches strewn with ancient shells. Nights are spent camping out on the beach and dining on local shrimp, scallop and drinking Malbec wine while tender beef and piles of sausages sizzle on a wood-fired grill. Afterwards, the hollow resonating blows of the whale lull you to sleep.

Both itineraries feature a visit to a nearby Magellanic penguin colony before an evening of dinner and lodging at Estancia Rincon Chico, a historic turn-of-the-century sheep ranch located in the park.  The final highlight of our tour is visiting the only elephant seal rookery on the South American continent before leaving Peninsula Valdes for our last night accommodation in Puerto Madryn.

On our final day, we are transferred to the airport for our return flight to Buenos Aires and homeward.  You'll bring home a lifetime of memories.

Our advice: Spend a day in Buenos Aires (most international flights come through here) before and after your trip.

View a slideshow kayaking in Patagonia. View a video of kayaking with southern right whales.

Trip Highlights:
The world's largest population of Southern right whales. Visits to a Magellanic Penguin colony and an elephant seal rookery. Overnight in Estancia Rincon Chico, a landmark Patagonian estate.

Miscellaneous:
A video and DVD of this tour is available. Please call us for a copy.

Awards
"Gabriel and Sil,words cannot express the wonderful experience you have given us on our first Patagonia adventure. Thank you for sharing the mysteries of your land and sea, as well as your foods and friends. Your kindness holds a special place in our hearts. We so appreciate all of the special efforts you both performed to fascilate our comfort and expanded knowledge of this incredible place. "
Jack Exley
Availability
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Title Intensity Departures Adult Youth For Whom?
Patagonia Whales & Kayaks - 7 Days Beginner to Intermediate View Dates $3,550 $ Everybody
Getting There

Entry into Argentina:   Most people fly into Buenos Aires, enjoy a day tour, tango show and hotel night there before flying early morning to Trelew for the whale watching and kayaking tour.  Our advice: Spend a day in Buenos Aires (most international flights come through here) before and after your trip.  Americans are required to pay a reciprocity fee of $140 USD cash (Canadians $70 USD) at the airport customs upon arrival in Buenos Aires.

Air Flights:  We have a travel agent who can help you get to Buenos Aires, Trelew and design further extensions should you wish to combine this trip with trekking in El Chalten, entrance to Glaciers National Park and Mt. Fitzroy.

Weather:   Late spring/early summer is generally dry and sunny in this arid area, but be ready for some wind and clouds.

Travel Agent:   Please call us for details. 800-616-1943800-616-1943

Awards
"Gabriel and Sil,words cannot express the wonderful experience you have given us on our first Patagonia adventure. Thank you for sharing the mysteries of your land and sea, as well as your foods and friends. Your kindness holds a special place in our hearts. We so appreciate all of the special efforts you both performed to fascilate our comfort and expanded knowledge of this incredible place. "
Jack Exley
FAQ

Please review our FAQ section for general questions and details about our Patagonia kayak tours. See below for specific questions relating to this particular tour.

What can I expect to spend on round trip international flights to Buenos Aires and domestic flights to Trelew?  Airfare on international flights from the United States to Buenos Aires range in price from $1280 to $1580 USD.  Domestic airfare for flights between Buenos Aires and Trelew on Aerolineas Argentina range in prices from $365 to $580 USD.

What is included in the trip price?
All the trips and expeditions include:

  • Professional guiding service for each activity
  • Lodging in Trelew and Buenos Aires
  • Group equipment and / or technical gear for each activity
  • All camping gear including tent, sleeping bag and pad
  • All transport services during the trip (shuttle service), including hotel/airport transfers in Buenos Aires.
  • 3 meals daily (B, L, D)
  • Welcome dinner

What's not Included?

  • Any extra meals and accommodation not outlined within this itinerary.
  • Alcoholic drinks with meals at restaurants.
  • Personal belongings and gear listed in 'Clothing and Gear List'
  • Life, personal accident or travel insurance.
  • Airport departure taxes, entry or reciprocity fees.
  • Tiipping of guides
  • Domestic and International flights.
Awards
"Gabriel and Sil,words cannot express the wonderful experience you have given us on our first Patagonia adventure. Thank you for sharing the mysteries of your land and sea, as well as your foods and friends. Your kindness holds a special place in our hearts. We so appreciate all of the special efforts you both performed to fascilate our comfort and expanded knowledge of this incredible place. "
Jack Exley
Itinerary

Patagonia Whales & Kayaks 8-day Itinerary

Patagonia Whales & Kayaks 12-day Itinerary

What is included in the trip price


Patagonia whales & Kayaks 7-day Itinerary

Day 1: Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. There is a two-hour walking tour of the city in the afternoon.  The evening is free to rest or explore the city. At your request, we can arrange a glamorous tango show and dinner for a taste of Argentina culture  Overnight in Buenos Aires.  Meals not included. Note: Most international flights arrive to Buenos Aires in the morning.

Day 2: Early morning transfer and depart Buenos Aires for flight to Trelew airport, meet your guide and transfer to the village of Puerto Piramides. Two-hour whale watching cruise.  Welcome dinner and trip orientation.  Accommodation at an Eco-lodge in Puerto Piramides.  Meals: L, D

Day 3: After breakfast we leave Puerto Piramides and head towards San José gulf within the Península Valdés Nature Reserve where our kayaking trip starts.  After loading our gear in the kayaks, the guide gives us a safety briefing and instructs us about our expected conduct in a protected area. We start our paddling journey along a coastline of sand and stone beaches alternating with rocky formations and cliffs.  We encounter sea lion colonies and Southern right whales.  After a stop for lunch, we resume the paddling to our first night campsite for happy hour and dinner. Meals: B, L, D

Day 4: After breaking camp, we continue our paddling towards a small pebble beach where we set up our second night camp. A calm sunset will allow paddling in our kayaks to enjoy watching the sun go down. We feast on typical Patagonian lamb with the background sound of the whales in the gulf.  Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: After breakfast, we leave our camp behind for a full day paddle. Our paddling today is bound for Punta Conos, and El puente -the bridge- a maritime rock formation.  Punta Conos boasts a huge concentration of marine fossils dating back million years. Once we paddle through El Puente, we arrive at a small beach, perfect for a seaside lunch.  After lunch, we get back in our kayaks to visit a large south american sea lion colony. We enjoy the curiosity of the sea lions that swim around and approach our kayaks. After visiting the sea lion colony, we head back to camp for happy hour and dinner.  Meals: B, L, D

Day 6: After breakfast, we break camp and start touring Península Valdés. Our vehicle takes us to the most attractive spots such as Punta Norte and Caleta Valdés eventually dropping us at Estancia Punta Delgada Lighthouse. During the tour, we visit colonies of Magellanic penguins and observe the steppe's endemic wildlife along our way.  Overnight and farewell dinner at Estancia Punta Delgada Lighthouse.  Meals: B, L, D

Day 7:
After breakfast, we visit a nearby elephant seal rookery and continue on to Trelew airport to transfer to Buenos Aires.  If your flight takes you to the Domestic terminal we will transfer you to the International terminal - this can take up to 1hour so we suggest you have at least 5 hours between your arrival in Buenos Aires and your International Departure.



Patagonia Whales & Kayaks 12-day Itinerary

Day 1: Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. There is a two-hour walking tour of the city in the afternoon.  The evening is free to rest or explore the city. At your request, we can arrange a glamorous tango show and dinner for a taste of Argentina culture  Overnight in Buenos Aires. Meals not included. Note: Most international flights arrive to Buenos Aires in the morning.

Day 2: Early am depart Buenos Aires for flight to Trelew airport, meet guide and transfer to the village of Puerto Piramides. Two-hour whale watching cruise.  Welcome dinner and trip orientation.  Accommodation at an Eco-lodge in Puerto Piramides.  Meals: L, D

Day 3: After breakfast we leave Puerto Piramides towards San José gulf within the Península Valdés Nature Reserve where our kayaking trip starts.  After loading our gear in the kayaks, the guide gives us a safety briefing and instructs us about our expected conduct in a protected area. We start our paddling journey along a coastline of sand and stone beaches alternating with rocky formations and cliffs.  We encounter sea lion colonies and Southern right whales.  After a stop for lunch, we resume the paddling to our first night campsite for happy hour and dinner. Meals: B, L, D

Day 4: After breaking camp, we continue our paddling towards a small pebble beach where we set up our second night camp. A calm sunset will allow paddling in our kayaks to enjoy watching the sun go down. We feast on typical Patagonian lamb with the background sound of the whales in the gulf.  Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: After breakfast, we leave our camp behind for a full day paddle. Our paddling today is bound for Punta Conos, and El puente -the bridge- a maritime rock formation.  Punta Conos boasts a huge concentration of marine fossils dating back million years.  Once we paddle through El Puente, we arrive at a small beach, perfect for a seaside lunch.  After lunch, we get back in our kayaks to visit a large south american sea lion colony. We enjoy the curiosity of the sea lions that swim around and approach our kayaks. After visiting the sea lion colony, we head back to camp for happy hour and dinner.  Meals: B, L, D

Day 6, 7, 8, 9:  Full days of kayaking including coastal hikes and wilderness camping as we continue following the coastline of Gulfo San Jose.  Meals: B, L, D

Day 10:  After breakfast, we break camp and start touring Península Valdés. Our vehicle takes us to the most attractive spots such as Punta Norte and Caleta Valdés eventually dropping us at Estancia Punta Delgada Lighthouse.  During the tour, we visit colonies of Magellanic penguins and elephant seals, and observe the steppe's endemic wildlife along our way.  Overnight and farewell dinner at Estancia Punta Delgada Lighthouse.  Meals: B, L, D

Day 11: After a full day of wildlife viewing, we transfer to a hotel in Puerto Madryn where our Patagonia adventure comes to an end. Meals: B, L

Day 12: Morning transfer and flight out of Trelew to Buenos Aires.  Upon arrival to the domestic terminal in Buenos Aires, we are directly transferred to the international terminal and return flight home.  Meals not included. You have the option of staying an extra day in Buenos Aires or continue your travels.


What is included in the trip price?
All the trips and expeditions include:

  • Professional guiding service for each activity
  • Lodging in Trelew and Buenos Aires (12 day also Puerto Madryn)
  • Group equipment and / or technical gear for each activity
  • All camping gear including tent, sleeping bag and pad
  • All transport services during the trip (shuttle service), including hotel/airport transfers in Buenos Aires.
  • 3 meals daily (B, L, D)
  • Welcome dinner

What's not Included?

  • Any extra meals and accommodation not outlined within this itinerary.
  • Alcoholic drinks with meals at restaurants.
  • Personal belongings and gear listed in 'Clothing and Gear List'
  • Life, personal accident or travel insurance.
  • Airport departure taxes, entry or reciprocity fees.
  • Tipping of guides
  • Domestic and International flights.
Awards
"Gabriel and Sil,words cannot express the wonderful experience you have given us on our first Patagonia adventure. Thank you for sharing the mysteries of your land and sea, as well as your foods and friends. Your kindness holds a special place in our hearts. We so appreciate all of the special efforts you both performed to fascilate our comfort and expanded knowledge of this incredible place. "
Jack Exley
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Awards
"Gabriel and Sil,words cannot express the wonderful experience you have given us on our first Patagonia adventure. Thank you for sharing the mysteries of your land and sea, as well as your foods and friends. Your kindness holds a special place in our hearts. We so appreciate all of the special efforts you both performed to fascilate our comfort and expanded knowledge of this incredible place. "
Jack Exley
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