Travellers to Chile who join Swoop Patagonia’s three-day Kayak With Humpback Whales expedition between December and April, will have the chance of a magical close encounter with these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.
Accompanied by experienced guides who know these gentle giants well, guests are transferred from Punta Arenas to Punta Carrera Bay, from where they sail through the famous Magellan Straits to Carlos III Island, home to a research centre for whales and the base for this trip.
Nearby, the Francisco Coloane Park – Chile’s first marine reserve – was established to protect important feeding grounds after scientists discovered that humpback whales were returning to the area every summer.
Guests will have numerous opportunities to spot the graceful, inquisitive mammals from the boat during this trip, and those who wish may even take to the water in double kayaks and paddle alongside them.
Other highlights of the voyage include the impressive Santa Inés glacier and scenery of the remote Seno Helado fjord, as well as the abundance of Patagonian wildlife, such as sea lions, southern fur seals, Peale’s dolphins, black-browed albatross, condor, imperial cormorants and Magellanic penguins.
Overnight accommodation for up to 10 guests is provided in futuristic-looking treetop eco domes built on wooden platforms within the forest on Carlos III Island. Here guests learn more about humpback whales from marine biologists and enjoy direct views from the dining hall out across the bay.
Prices for the three-night trip start from £1397 per person and include return transfers from Punta Arenas, meals outlined in the itinerary, the use of double kayaks and associated equipment, eco dome accommodation and expedition guides.
For more information on travel to Patagonia with Swoop visit: https://www.swoop-patagonia.com or telephone 0117 369 0296
For more information on Swoop-Patagonia’s 3-day kayak with humpback whales visit https://www.swoop-patagonia.com/visit/wildlife/whales