Whalewatching continues to grow globally with new markets emerging. Guatemala is the latest country seeking to develop whale watch operations off its Pacific coast focusing on the annual migration of humpback whales that migrate through their waters December through June. The humpbacks are thought to be en route to/from their breeding and calving grounds off Costa Rica, and likely spend their summer months feeding near central California northward to BC, Canada.
Greg Kaufman, founder of Pacific Whale Foundation recently traveled to the small coastal community of Montericco, Guatemala — best known for its 20km- long nature reserve of coast and coastal mangrove wetlands — to speak with tour operators about whalewatching and learn first-hand their challenges and whale observations.
Kaufman meets with Juan Rivera, INGUAT (Guatemala Tourism Board), Dr. Galvez and assistant, CONAP (National Protected Areas), and local environmentalist Max Baldetty.
Small coastal communities in Guatemala still largely rely on the ocean for sustenance.
Guatemala has 150 miles of black sand beaches..
Whale Watching marketing for the Pacific coast of Guatemala.
Greg Kaufman meets with Ed Capmany, owner of Whale Watch Guatemala to discuss challenges and future direction of whalewatcing in Guatemala.
The department of tourism, INGUAT, reached out to Kaufman for advice on this new developing industry. They stressed the importance of wanting to take a scientific approach to cultivate sustainable tourism in the area. Kaufman shared his thoughts on regulation and responsible practices.