Your driver will be waiting for you at the Los Cabos airport to take you on the 2.5 hour scenic drive to La Paz, where you will be able to explore in the afternoon before the welcome dinner, where your guides will brief you on the week ahead. Take a good night's rest, tomorrow the adventure begins!
Day 2: Espíritu Santo Island
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Visit Espíritu Santo Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to turquoise water, multitudes of fish species, and resident sea lions. Less than one hour from La Paz, this natural paradise will amaze you with breathtaking island scenery and rich marine life. Jump in the water to snorkel with the sea lions and observe tropical fish.
After a tasty lunch, our world-class nature guides will interpret the natural and cultural history of this unique place. Explore some of the astounding nature trails that take you into the heart of the island before returning to La Paz for dinner.
Depart from La Paz early in the morning en route to Magdalena Bay, Jewel of the Pacific. This bay is home to a staggering number of migratory and marine birds, sea turtles, and marine mammals including the migratory gray whales. Breakfast will be provided en route at one of our favorite local ranchos.
Continue on to your secluded island camp, searching for whales along the way. After happy hour, learn about the important sea turtle restoration project which will be the focus of tomorrow’s activities. Get a good night’s rest, tomorrow the search for turtles begins!
Wake up early and grab a cup of coffee on your way to watch the fisher-conservationists prepare the nets used in the sea turtle monitoring. Return to camp for breakfast and to learn more about the gray whales, their incredible migration, and the importance of Magdalena Bay for breeding and calving to these magnificent creatures. After breakfast, head out in pangas to look for gray whales. Friendly whales often approach the boats, and the mothers are known to push the young calves closer, which can make for an incredible interaction between two species. After lunch, you will have the chance to accompany the monitoring team to check the nets for turtles. Captured sea turtles will be brought back to camp where you will help take measurements and other important data before releasing them back into the wild. The monitoring continues through the night under the brilliant starry sky.
Day 5: Sea Turtle Monitoring | Gray Whale Observation Gray
Head down to the beach to finish measuring and weighing sea turtles before releasing them back into the wild. After breakfast, bid farewell to your hosts and head out in search for whales. Today, you'll explore the magic of the greater Magdalena Bay complex: its vast, rolling sand dunes and winding mangrove canals teeming with birdlife. You'll have another chance to look for whales, too--make sure your camera is handy to capture images of these magnificent giants. After a picnic lunch on a secluded barrier island, head back to the mainland where your driver will be waiting for you to return to La Paz.
Day 6: Continue Gray Whale Observation | Back to La Paz
After a relaxed morning, head to the town of Todos Santos located on the Pacific coast. Your naturalist guide will take you through the estuary to spot birds, and with luck you’ll be able to see humpback whales from the beach. Continue with a guided walk around the quaint town, and then you are on your own to enjoy its architecture, shops and fantastic restaurants before heading back to La Paz.
Day 7: Whale shark research | Balandra beach
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your driver will pick you up at your hotel early in the morning to transport you to the marina to try on your snorkeling gear and wetsuit. Head out on the water for the short trip to the whale shark observation zone. On the way out of the bay, your guide will brief you on whale shark ecology and regulations for snorkeling. You’ll have the chance to get in the water accompanied by your guide to snorkel alongside one of these marvelous creatures.
Back on land in time for lunch, explore La Paz: tranquil, scenic, and a great town to get to know on foot. During the walking tour you will visit cultural and architectural sites of interest, learn about the history of La Paz, meet some of its people, and along the way stop to try many of the local delicacies. Take in the Mi Ciudad mural project, a treat for the eyes with murals from local and regional artists on display around the city.
Day 8: Return Home
After breakfast head to the airport for departure back home.
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7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 3 Dinners
7 Nights Accommodations
6 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
Accommodations as listed
Meals as listed
Ground transportation as listed
Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
Excursions and activities as listed
Gear Rental: All camping gear including sleeping bags
Snorkeling gear (mask, fins, snorkel) is provided on your trip free of charge. Occasionally the snorkeling gear that is supplied is worn, and there may not be enough sizes available to fit every traveler. Therefore, you may want to bring your own snorkeling gear (particularly a mask and snorkel).
Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.