Whale-watching in South America

Be enchanted by the extraordinary wonder of seeing whales in the wild when you embark on a whale-watching tour in South America.

There’s no better destination to enjoy whale-watching than South America. Dozens of tours are available across the region, granting you the chance to see these majestic marine mammals flourishing in their natural habitat. No matter where or when you’re visiting, be sure to include a whale-watching expedition on your South American itinerary – it’s definitely one for the bucket list!

If you’re exploring Colombia’s Pacific Coast between June and November, spot Humpback Whales with a tour of Bahia Malaga, situated in the Uramba National Park. Then, while you’re in Chile, a Chiloé whale-watching tour offers you the chance to watch whales between December and March during an expedition of the stunning Patagonian coastline. In addition, the gorgeous Galapagos Islands are home to over twenty species of whale and dolphin, and provide the opportunity to spot them with a tour between the islands of Isabela and Fernandina, June through October. In fact, while you’re in Ecuador, don’t hesitate to visit Machalilla National Park, where you can enjoy a four-day Humpback Whale-watching tour as well as the chance to spot rare birds and Sea Lions, June to September.

Over to the east on the Atlantic Coast, Brazil is a great choice for whale-watching tours in South America. Spot them on a morning boat tour off the Southern Coast of Florianopolis, between Garopaba and Imbituba, or take a tour of the crystal waters of Fernando de Noronha, a small archipelago and protected nature reserve where you can glimpse Humpbacks, Short-finned Pilot Whales and Melon-headed Whales. Down in Argentina, take a tour from the Valdés Peninsula, where you can seek out Orcas and Southern Right Whales, or look out from land at Puerto Madryn, where you can also get up close to colonies of Sea Lions, Magellanic Penguins, Elephant Seals, Guanacos and Maras.

Whale-watching in South America Highlights:
  • See protected marine life around the volcanic archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
  • Spot Orcas and Southern Right Whales in the Valdés Peninsula, Argentina
  • Watch whales from the beach city of Mancora, Northern Peru
  • Take a boat tour to see Southern Right Whales from Santa Catarina, Brazil
  • Discover Blue Whales, Sperm Whales and Humpbacks in the Galapagos Islands
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