One of the most important feeding and nursing grounds of the blue whale has recently been discovered just off the coast of Chiloé Island in the Gulf of Corcovado in southern Chile. Work is now under-way to create the Chiloé Marine Conservation Area, a huge expanse encompassing the entire west and south coasts of the island to protect the largest population of blue-whales in the Southern hemisphere, a species almost hunted to extinction in the 20th century.
At Last Frontiers, we can offer a 7 day trip to Chile including 4 days whale-watching off the coast of Chiloé on the Cahuella, a 50 foot wooden motor cruiser, for £1825 per person. Each day, you will head out into the Gulf of Corcovado and beyond in pursuit of the elusive blue-whale dropping anchor each evening in protected bays of the archipelgao. The exact itinerary will depend on conditions but whales aside, you will sample the local culture of the islands as well as observing a multitude of sea-birds including both Humboldt and Magellanic penguins as well as dolphins and possibly even orca. Prices are based on two people travelling sharing a room and include international and internal flights with Lan Airlines, one night bed & breakfast in Santiago at a 3* hotel on arrival, 3 nights full board including all excursions on the Cahuella, one night bed & breakfast in Puerto Varas after the trip and all relevant transfers.