In the Piura region of Peru’s northern coast, a rare opportunity exists. Here, travelers board small boats to get up close and personal with humpback whales. 95% of the boat charters include whale sightings, and many include very close encounters, as this photo demonstrates. Humpback whales are surprisingly graceful and docile, despite their overwhelming size. Some experts believe there are only 40,000 humpback whales left in the world today, putting them on the list of endangered species. However, the whales can always be found in Peru, and many whales are also born in these waters. The experience of seeing a humpback whale up close is yet another opportunity that awaits travelers in Peru. Countless adventures involving local wildlife, native traditions, exotic cuisine, and breathtaking sights are just a plane ride away.