Right in the middle of the Atacama Desert, the coast of Chañaral de Aceituno keeps the secret of being one of the only places in northern Chile where you can spot humpback, minke and blue whales. Due to the Humboldt current that gathers a great amount of food on this area, these giant mammals decide to make a stop in their route that takes them from California to the Antarctica every year.
The north-east of the mythical Chiloé Archipelago and the Corcovado gulf have gain fame for being the area where it is possible to admire the biggest amount of blue whales in the south hemisphere. Next to Puñihuil, close to Ancud, it is estimated that at least 300 whales of these specific species are living in the area. This area reaches up to the town of Melinka, in the Guaitecas archipelago. This is not only a temporary stop for these animals, but also a feeding and recovery place, which implies a greater area of preservation.
With the help of the Centro de Conservación Cetacea (Cetacean Conservation Center), organizations such as Ecomarine Puñihuil are currently in charge of planning tours to this place with the purpose of admiring these blue giants, along with providing information in order to teach about their behaviour, and the importance of the preservation for the species and their habitat.
Close to the Carlos III Island, in the Magallanes Region, the protected area of Francisco Coloane Marine Park is known as the best place for humpback whale watching throughout the whole country. The whole area is amazing on its own, not only for being inhabited by 100 whales of this species, but also for its landscape filled with stunning mountains, glaciers and native forests. Humpback whales migrate to the Antarctica to feed themselves, and the Strait of Magellan is the only place where they stop outside the white continent. An amazing spectacle of nature.
Every day it is possible to join a expedition through the continent’s cold waters, with the possibility of spotting one of the seven different species that migrate to this place to feed themselves; minke, blue, pygmy blue, fin, sei, humpback and the southern right whales. Without a doubt, it is one of the best places where you can get in touch with these impressive mammals. An unforgettable adventure.
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