As you read on, answer each question to find out what your answer implies for your travel arrangements, as well as what you will need to bring for your whale watching trip.
Apart from catching up on much-needed Vitamin D and seeing whales, I am on a mission to try all variations of Peruvian cuisine. So, naturally this means I had to go and eat at Donde Teresa, located in Mancora.
Tip #2: If you prefer Peruvian gourmet cuisine, do not miss the chance to dine at Donde Teresa in Mancora, just a half-hour ride by moto-taxi from where your whale watching tour departs.
This restaurant is run by Javier, the son of the first Peruvian TV-Chef, Teresa Ocampa. Ocampa is legendary for her promotion and elevation of the Peruvian kitchen. I truly enjoyed the amazing food, which you can read all about in my restaurant review.
Very conveniently, Javier combines this tasty restaurant with his artful hotel. Located right on the beach and sheltered from the wind, one can indulge in the food and admire the stunning sunset—and you are just a short walk to your comfortable bed!
The price for a room at Hotelier Arte & Cocina is 180 soles and it includes a balcony, hammock and four beds.
In my mind, I do have the perfect image of a humpback whale fully launching itself out of the ocean. Sadly, I missed the shot with my camera. Why? Well, that day the sea was a bit rough, with splashes of water frequently entering the boat. My camera is not waterproof and I did not bring a ‘camera-raincoat’ nor a plastic bag to improvise one.
Tip #3: Have a waterproof camera or, if not waterproof, arrange some “raincoat” protection before embarking on your whale watching tour.
So, my camera was not ‘snap-ready’ when dearest Humpie decided to show itself. The resulting photo is in the frustrating image below.
There is really only one right answer to that question, right?! Here’s how you can contribute:
Tip #5: Book your whale watching tour with an ecotourism-centered operator, like Pacifico Adventures, to easily give back to whale research in northern Peru.
Your maritime biologist guides on your whale watching tour will dazzle you with fun facts and information about the whales.
Here is a sneak peek at some of the fun facts shared on my tour:
For specific information about the whale watching tour experience, read: “Whale Watching in Peru: The Tour Experience”
Tip #6: Be comfortable! Dress for the elements.
You will be out on the open sea for about 3 to 5 hours, so dress for the elements: wind, water, and sun. For example, take a wind jacket, bring a towel, pack high factor sunscreen, and of course, sunglasses. Hat lovers: the boat does speed up, so a baseball cap is far more feasible than a fashionable sprinkle hat. Be sure to bring a bottle of water along as well.
Tip #7: There is a basic small toilet on board, but you don’t want to miss out on any whale tail. So, be smart and use the restroom prior to embarking!
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