We woke up yesterday morning, had a big breakfast, and got ready to head up to the road where our ride was scheduled to pick us up at 9:30. Bringing our American culture with us we got up to the road early. We really don't learn. We waited over half and hour until I was sure they'd forgotten us and we were going to miss the whales. Finally, a van came flying around the corner flashing their lights (as though suddenly in a terrible hurry). The driver spoke in rapid Spanish making it difficult for us to confirm that this was the van taking us to see whales (hate to get in a van just because we're told to and end up on the wrong kind of adventure!). Assured that it was we squeezed into the van and headed to Puerto Lopez.
We had been forewarned to take Dramamine to ward off motion sickness, and it was a good thing! We boarded a small boat that I'm certain was overcapacity and hit the waves...literally. There have been larger than normal swells in the ocean lately and this little boat helped us experience EVERY one of them! We felt like the boat was jumping ramps! We came off our seats in a free fall as the boat sped over large swells and landed with a hard BOOM on the other side all accompanied by the soundtrack of collective gasps and screams from passengers as we held on to each other laughing, screaming, and generally hoping we stayed in the boat! I loved it. We had the Gilligan's Island theme song running through our minds the entire trip.
There were several whale watching tours going on and rather than the whale watching we had signed up for, it turned into a sport of whale chasing...which on behalf of the whales, I did not appreciate. The protections are not in place yet to keep the companies from intercepting and getting right into their space. However, this did result in some incredible, up close encounters with the whales!