Whale Watching in Guatemala

Although there are no specific dates, generally during the month of December and the first few months of the year, there’s a great natural spectacle off the Pacific coast of Guatemala: whale migrations.


Heading out to sea to observe the huge mammals has become a fascinating option for those who want to have an encounter with these creatures of the deep. The vessels that provide whale-sightings services usually go out into the Pacific Ocean along the coast of Guatemala between 10 and 30 nautical miles on a journey that takes about four hours.

Being able to observe these cetaceans – humpback whales – who travel alone or sometimes with their young, as well as having the opportunity to observe dolphins, sea turtles, schools of tuna, manta rays and sea birds, is an activity that is becoming increasingly popular in the country.

It’s important to remember that Guatemala supports whale-watching regulations and this includes a specific, limited period of time for observation and photographs  (30- to 60-minute periods) designed so as not to overly stress the whales; it’s long enough to appreciate their beauty and to take some souvenir photos.

Written by: #QuéPasa#Magazine#Revista

Photo by: Stuardo Rodríguez Andrade

Translation by: Kevin Cole

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