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Parque Nacional Marino Ballena – Uvita


By: Qué Buen Lugar

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We were lucky to see one of the most epic natural spectacles that happen in our country … That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, we went to see whales at the Ballena Marine National Park.

How to get there?
Take route 27 and in Orotina you have to deviate to take the south coastal road for another 2 hours until you reach Uvita.



What to bring?
swimsuit, reusable bottle, towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, sunscreen shirt, camera, and an excellent attitude.


Bungalows Ballena: 2743 8543

Bahía Ballena Tours:José Miranda tel: 83291117

Cost:¢ 25000 per person. And during the dates of the Whale festival, it has a cost of ¢ 15000 per person.

A couple of weeks ago we went to Uvita with the invitation of Andrés, he is a friend who had taken us to see Cascada Rana Roja, in Torito de Barú. We arrived on Friday night at our lodge called Bungalows Ballena, super-nice, comfy and they have everything you need, it’s like being at home but on the beach, perfect to go with your buddies family, they are also 300m from the entrance to the park National Whale Bay …

The next day we woke up at 6 am to got ready and go to the Whale Tour, we had breakfast in a nearby soda and then we walked into the entrance to the national park at about 8 am with the people of Bahia Ballena Tours.

The day was sunny and clear skies, which worked out to take some awesome aerial shots of the beach and the famous tail of the whale. After a while the rest of the group with whom we were going to share the tour arrived, then the captain and the guide came up to give us safety instructions.

We got on the boat and we were blown by the waves … we had not been in the open sea for 5 minutes and it looked good because we managed to see a group of dolphins. About 20 minutes’ walk we saw the humpback whales, it was the mama and its breeds, so we could enjoy these incredible animals.

It is impressive that the feeling of seeing these animals so big and majestic, also that just knowing that they come from South America is something incredible. Another curious fact is that they come to the warm waters of our country to breed and raise their babies. This and many other things were explained to us by the guides during the tour.

Then we went snorkeling near an island in front of the beach, here Tavo was the one who came closest to the island since the sea was more choppy, then fish were seen but not as clear as it normally is. The rest of us stayed floating and talking nonsense until we got back on the boat. When everyone got on we ate some fruit and went to the windows to see the very cool arches that are there. On the way back to the mainland, it started to rain so we cooled off a bit with rainwater.

After the walk we went to lunch at a restaurant called Lone Star BBQ to eat a pulled pork that they recommended, it was very tasty. In the afternoon it started to pour, a perfect reason to stay in our bungalow sleeping a bit and then get up we went to eat something at Las Esferas restaurant that was amazing and practical since it was less than 100 meters from Bungalows Ballena.

Once again we were able to enjoy one of the coolest natural events that occur in our country, something that we should all enjoy. The good thing is that from the 15th of September the whale festival starts in Uvita so start booking. A bonus of this festival is that the plastic is removed from all tours, so remember to take your reusable bottle. And also remember to always follow the instructions but enjoy yourself without affecting the animals.



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