Monday, September 26, 2005

Whale Watching and Seal Spotting

I´ve got a long post written in my notebook (the pen and paper kind). Wrote it all out while sitting in a terrible seat on a flight for 2 hours. Forgot the notebook though so it´ll have to come later.

Got into Trelew and then hooked up with a couple of Belgians. Took a taxi to Puerto Madryn and found some accomodation there from a guy hassling us on the street. We first tried some other places but they were full. Then we met some Americans (?) on the street that were staying in this place and they recommended it. In fact it´s been great and we did the tour of the Peninsula Valdes with the hostel / apartment people and got first class treatment. We squeezed 4 of us plus the driver into a big 4x4 and headed off. The tour lasted a full 12 hours and included a boat for whale watching.

It was absolutely fantastic. The whales were ahem mating or trying to mate right in front of us and going under the boat and twirling around etc. Very very good. Then we headed off around the peninsula to see huge Elephant Seals (males weigh 3,000 kg) then saw loads and loads of penguins (very cute).

Got to get up early in the morning to catch a bus at 6am to the airport for our next stop at El Calafate. Going for glacier gazing and trekking. Of course, absolutely nothing booked for accomodation or tours but we´ve got a good reference from the hostel people here so it should be good.

Right, off to pack, shower and bed.

I know, still no photos. No time to get it sorted out. There really hasn´t been any time to sort it out. Maybe at the next town.

Updated with photos (29-Nov-2005) - Click for pics

Whale Ahoy!



Whale Wave



Down to the beach for seals



Elephant Seals are big



Need binoculars for the babies



Penguins Galore



Llooking at Llamas


3 Comments:

At 2:07 PM, Anonymous Marv said...

Hello guys,

Sounds like you are have a whale of a time. So are they speaking Welsh down there? I have got he right place haven't I? Enjoying your foot loose and fancy free antics but get the pictures sorted cos then we'll be proper envious.
Take care

 
At 3:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Szia Tim,

still no pics. Are you really there? :)

/ec

 
At 11:17 PM, Blogger Timbo said...

Hi, yep, we´re really here, there and everywhere.

Didn´t hear any Welsh in Trelew but we got straight out of there anyway and stayed for a couple of nights in Puerto Madryn. Nice place.

Photos coming soon, I promise. Though they´ll be from a few days ago so not from the most recent places.

 

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