Whale Watching Season in Mancora and nearby beaches as Los Organos, Cabo Blanco and Punta Sal (Tumbes and Piura beaches) is one of the most incredible activities on the northern coast of Peru. Look closely at these gigantic animals, weighing several tons with docile and harmonious movements, it is one of those experiences that you will remember for a lifetime.
Frequently Asked Questions about Whales (FAQ)
No. The whale watching season in Mancora and nearby beaches begins in mid-July and ends in late October. It is in this period that humpback whales come to the coasts of Peru and Ecuador from the cold waters of the Antarctica, making a long journey of several thousand kilometers, thus giving birth to their young to reproduce. In late October the whales, many of them with two to three babies, undertake the journey back south again in search of polar waters for food.
The type of whale that is usually seen is the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), also known as Yubarta. Sperm whales can be spotted sporadically and even orcas, but infrequently. Other marine species that can be seen, many of them throughout the year, are the delfin comunn (is quite a sight to see hundreds of them sailing with the boat tour!), Sea turtles (in El Ñuro beach), wolves sea (many of them rest in the oil platforms), as well as birds such as blue-footed booby and frigate birds.
If you’re really lucky and you’re on the north coast between July and November, you can see humpback whales from the shore, but not as frequent as you may want to. If you really want to see and even more closely, we recommend taking a tour.
There is a possibility that not even see whales on a tour, as largely depends on luck, tour operator and other factors that can not be controlled, however, is not common. Almost always you can see humpback whales in the tours when in season.
Children under 5 and adults over 85 years could be exceptions. The tour is for the whole family. motion sickness pills are recommended, not eat much in the morning of the tour and of course sunscreen, hat and a good camera!
Fortunately in Mancora and surrounding beaches have never been reported accidents of this type.
Whale watching in their natural habitat requires certain rules so that whales do not feel intimidated by boats, as well as for the safety of passengers on board. Some of these rules are for example not to follow or whales for more than 15 minutes and not be at a very short distance from the animal, among other measures.
The tours vary. It is usually set sail in the morning (7 to 8 a.m. approx.). The tour lasts 2 to 4 hours. In addition to the sighting, some tours include a visit to the oil platforms at the sea (where you can spot sea lions), plus a visit to sea turtles at The Ñuro pier. Some operator tours transfer tourists directly from their hotels or beach houses to the boarding boats or yachts.