The Patagonian Whale Ballet.
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September 11th, 2008 – by: cmgervais
After just a few days in Patagonia, I have actually lost count of how many whales Iâ€™ve seen. All one must do is scan the waters -- chances are good thereâ€™s a whale or two out there. Itâ€™s incredible, and like no other place Iâ€™ve been.
Today we planned to see the whales up close, from a boat. I know from experience that this is unforgettable. Trips leave from Puerto PirĂˇmides two or three times a day, and during the month of September, multiple whale sightings is pretty much a given. I was very excited for this trip.
After making the 1.5 hour drive to Puerto PirĂˇmides we learned that no boats would be going out due to high winds, so our plans for whale watching were foiled. I wouldnâ€™t have wanted to out in those conditions anywayâ€¦ it was really, really windy.
So we set off towards Puerto Madryn, hoping to see some whales along the way. And did we ever! We pulled in to a couple turnoffs, and at both places we found multiple whales just off shore. They were playing or maybe they were dancingâ€¦I donâ€™t know exactly, but it was fun to watch. They like to float sideways and wave their pectoral fin out of the water, or they peek their heads out of the waterâ€¦ looking at us?! We also saw two whales jumping out of the water in a sort of clumsy pas de deux. Fantastic!
We stood on the beach as long as we could, but the wind was wickedly cold.
In Puerto Madryn, we were not able to get a good room and ended up in a terrible ashtray-smelling place. We parked our belongings and escaped the room to wander and have a look at the town. Itâ€™s bigger than we thought it would be, with lots of restaurants to choose from. We found a cute place for lunch, but unfortunately people were smoking despite the fact that the whole place was posted as non-smoking according to the law (I guess its one of those laws they all choose to ignore.) The lunch was OK though.
Later, we wrapped up our last day in Patagonia with a very nice dinner at a place called Margarita. (And yes, I did have one! OK, two.) I had creamy pumpkin soup and vegetable crepes -- heavy but wonderful. Steve had fish with vegetables, covered in a creamy sauce and very, very good (he reports). It was the best meal weâ€™ve had in Patagonia, but then again we didnâ€™t really come here for the food! We came for the whales. And seals. And penguins. And we were not disappointed, not in the least. Ooooh, I donâ€™t want to leave!
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