Baja Mexico Kayak and Conservation : Magdalena Bay
- Baja Sur
- Magdalena Island
- Conchalito Island
- La Paz
- Puerto San Carlos
A perfect combination of adventure and conservation during this Baja, Mexico tour! Spend 5 days sea kayaking in Magdalena Bay's mangrove canals while participating in a community sea turtle conservation project. A balance of education, conservation, activity, and relaxation. Deluxe camping accommodations on the coast provide perfect setting in Baja.
- Day 1 Depart from La Paz. Magdalena Bay
- Day 2 Magdalena Bay Sea Turtle Monitoring
- Day 3 Mangrove Exploration
- Day 4 Magdalena Island
- Day 5 Morning Baja Excursion. Return to La Paz
- Additional Tour Options
- $1350 - Rate based on 4 travelers. Contact us for group pricing of 2-3 travelers
- CampingDeluxe camping or accommodations in mountain lodges.
- Cultural ActivitiesIncludes cultural activities such as a visit to a traditional village or a local market to give a unique perspective.
- Nature ViewingIncludes intentional opportunity to observe flora or fauna with an experienced guide.
- PaddlingIncludes paddling activity such as sea kayaking or rafting.
- SnorkelingIncludes opportunity for snorkeling or possibly SCUBA.
- Travel with a PurposeService projects and cross-cultural experiences for our travelers to interact with and work alongside local families and in local communities.
Day 1 Depart from La Paz. Magdalena Bay (L,D)
The Baja adventure begins with a morning pick-up in La Paz and drive across the Baja Peninsula to Puerto San Carlos, the entry point to Magdalena Bay. Stop at a local rancho for a snack and to get perspective of traditional ranchero lifestyle and enjoy the unique landscape of this beautiful Baja region. Upon arriving to Puerto San Carlos, head out by motor boat to Conchalito Island in the Magdalena Bay. This is your home for the next four nights and base for the sea kayaking excursions and sea turtle monitoring project. Settle into camp and partake in a delicious lunch. The local guides will lead an orientation to the in-water sea turtle conservation project. This trip supports research on black sea turtles as part of the Grupo Tortuguero program. This information provides vital data on health, migration patterns and habitat use of sea turtles in Magdalena Bay, ultimately providing policymakers and authorities with the tools they need to make strategic decisions towards the species' conservation. Watch the sunset over the Pacific during dinner.
Day 2 Magdalena Bay Sea Turtle Monitoring (B,L,D)
Monitoring begins… Rise shortly after the sun comes up, grab a cup of coffee, and climb aboard the panga to help the fishermen to set the nets in the channel, initiating the sea turtle monitoring. The not-so-early risers can enjoy a relaxed breakfast, and watch the birds, marine mammal,s and other natural wonders that surround the island before kayaking out to observe the turtle nets. Monitoring goes on throughout the day. Head out in the pangas (pangas leave every two hours) to check the nets for turtles, even into the night. When not eating, participating in the monitoring or relaxing, grab a kayak and head out on a short excursion. After dinner tonight the guide will lead a session of constellation and star identification.
Day 3 Mangrove Exploration (B,L,D)
After breakfast, grab a clipboard and head down to the beach to finish measuring and weighing sea turtles before releasing them back to the wild, concluding the sea turtle monitoring. Enjoy lunch and a siesta – you’ve earned it! In the afternoon you’ll have the chance to paddle through lush mangrove canals teeming with birds and marine life. Grab a mask and snorkel and admire this unique and bountiful underwater world. The guide is a naturalist, combining ecology with local knowledge to show the best Magdalena Bay has to offer.
Day 4 Magdalena Island (B,L,D)
Head out in the pangas to visit with local fishermen to see what they are catching and learn about local fishing techniques. Stay on the boat or hop in a kayak and explore Magdalena Island, a natural wonderland. Enjoy a picnic lunch before crossing by foot to the Pacific Ocean (you’ve never seen sand dollars so large and beautiful). Return to camp and spend the time relaxing, or go bird watching with the guide before sunset. Engage in conversation with your hosts about local conservation efforts before dining together. Tonight, take a night hike through the sand dunes.
Day 5 Morning Baja Excursion. Return to La Paz (B,L)
After breakfast and packing up, head out in the pangas for one last island exploration and picnic. Return to Puerto San Carlos and then transfer to La Paz.After breakfast you’ll head out in the pangas for more island exploration before meeting your hosts at a secluded picnic spot. Bid them farewell before heading back to Puerto San Carlos for the drive back to La Paz.