Watching Marine Mammals: Piura

Tours to watch the humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) arriving to the Piura coasts from Antarctica, are organized from the Máncora and Los Órganos beaches.

It is estimated that more than 2,000 humpback whales arrive at the Peruvian coast following the Humboldt Current. At the end of winter in the southern hemisphere, these cetaceans return to the poles to feed.

These enormous whales can measure up to 17 meters (56 feet) and weigh almost 40 tons. Seeing these whales in the ocean is a truly unique opportunity for tourists.

Mating season takes place between August and October. This also the time for tourists to see newborn whales splashing in the water. Visitors can enjoy not only watching the whales swim and leap, but also listening to their sounds. It is easier to see whales in the mornings. The journey takes approximately 4 hours.

This 3 ½ hour trip is offered by the tour operator Pacífico Adventures in boats that can carry 9 to 12 passengers. It is possible to get good sightings of the humpback whales 14 km out at sea or just 400 meters from the shore. Along with the whales visitors can often see dolphins, turtles and seals.

The Illescas Reserve, located in the Sechura district and province, boasts a variety of flora and fauna. Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) and bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) can be seen from the shores.

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