Argentina whale watching tour
Description of Argentina whale watching tour
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.
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PlanetBy making sure that all the food (or at least the vast majority of the food) used whilst on the tour in Patagonia is locally sourced we are helping to reduce the carbon footprint for the food by eliminating the need to fly the food down here from Buenos Aires.
We encourage keen wildlife photographers and people with a deep passion for orcas to apply for a permit to the ‘Attack Channel’ this is because, not only the experience is incredible but also that the fee goes into the Chabut coastal management projects which are helping to maintain and protect the penguin, seal and sea lion colonies along this part of the Patagonian coastline.
We strictly adhere to the international guidelines regarding whale and dolphin watching. These guidelines details the distances that boats of various sizes are allowed to the animals and how loud engines can be etc.
Where we see whale watching boats breach these rules (whether we are on that boat or not) we report the act to the boat management team as well as the local authorities. We also make our feeling known to the skipper of the boat if we are on the boat and ask him to move further away from the animals.
We help the wildlife by annually contributing (depending on the number or tours and guests who book this tour) to the Punta Norte Orca Research team who are helping to better understand the population of orcas here with a view to helping conservation of the marine ecosystem here.
As the marine ecosystem here is heavily dependent on the deep sea fish and squid off the coast of Patagonia we make sure that the fish and squid that we have on the tour is caught responsibly and not via dredging or benthic trawls (this is very hard to police but we do our upmost to ensure that the sea food we eat was fished for responsibly).
We also keep a record of all the marine life we see on each tour and record the environmental factors, this data is used by ourselves but also given to the researchers who work out of Peninsula Valdes. All the information collected in invaluable as the knowledge of this Patagonian population of orcas which is unique in behaviour. We also donate our pictures to the researchers to aid in their photo identification studies.
PeopleThe local community in and around Peninsula Valdes and the other Patagonian villages and towns we visit on this trip all greatly benefits from this tour in many ways; principally because we stay in the locally owned and run estancias, guest houses and ranches around Peninsula Valdes. This keeps the vast majority of the money from tourist in the local economy and thus is helping to establish a more sustainable and structured tourist trade on the remote peninsula. All the food in Patagonia is also sourced responsibly and locally, thus increasing the profitability of the local agriculture industry.
We also make sure that all the local guides we employ are from Peninsula Valdes and the surrounding areas. We also make sure that all of the food eaten on the trip (or at least the vast majority of the food) is sourced from farms local to the Peninsula. We also encourage the purchase of locally produced handicrafts and other souvenirs which increases the revenue into the local economy from tourism.
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