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Whale Watching Season is on in Colombia.
The beaches of Nuqui are one of the best places to watch whales. Photo: Unsplash

Whale watching season starts in Colombia

The whale watching season is upon us again.

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Colombia is one of the most recommended countries for whale watching from the months of July to October. Thousands of tourists travel to the Pacific region of the country to see these incredible animals. 

Colombia's National Natural Parks said that from July 15 to October 17, humpback whales arrive in the areas of the National Natural Parks Uramba Bahía Málaga, Gorgona and Utría.

According to National Natural Parks, "humpback whales arrive to the Colombian coast after traveling 8,500 kilometers from Antarctica and southern Chile to develop their reproductive stage, which includes fertilization, gestation and birth of calves."

Whale watching in the country's marine ecosystems is becoming a major attraction for both Colombians and foreigners, and has made the July to October season an opportunity for locals to strengthen ecotourism activities.

National Natural Parks also pointed out that it is important to carry out responsible bird watching, which it does for visitors in protected areas.

The recommendations provided by the authorities for those going whale watching are as follows: 

  • Attend the 10-minute briefing on the importance of the protected area.
  • It is essential to maintain a distance of 200 meters when whale watching.
  • All boats must be accompanied by an environmental guide.
  • Boats are allowed to go whale watching from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Do not bring single-use plastics into the protected areas.
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