Baja Ocean Wildlife Expedition
Join us for a unique wildlife adventure to Baja California Sur, Mexico. We’ll snorkel with whale sharks and sea lions, meet the “friendly gray whales,” and participate in a sea turtle research project in beautiful Magdalena Bay. Profits from this trip will help to save at least 100 hatchlings at a turtle nesting beach per participant.
2019 Date: March 2 - 9
2019 Price: $2,295 pp
Includes: All in-country transportation, accommodations, meals as noted in itinerary, camping in Magdalena Bay, activities, guides, round trip airport pickup & transfer from Los Cabos, and a donation to turtle conservation.
Excludes: Airfare to Los Cabos, 2 dinners, personal items, tips, and travel insurance.
- Accommodations at the gray whale and turtle camp include: spacious, walk-in canvas tents with private patio area, elevated mattresses on platforms or raised cots, compost toilets integrated into the landscape, and a walk-in tent with Japanese-style ladle shower with hot water available on request.
- We will try to pair any individuals up with another traveler of the same sex but we can't guarantee that option will be available.
- This trip can be done as a student field trip or a private trip for families (minimum of 8 people). Contact us here to inquire about dates and pricing for student and private trips.
- Minimum recommended age is 6 years old.
CONTACT US TO:
- Ask a question
- Register by mail
- Call 800-215-0378 to register by phone
Why Travel With US?
- All profits support conservation efforts
- Work directly with local researchers
- Unique experiences
- Personalized service
MARCH 2nd - ARRIVE TO LA PAZ
Fly into Cabo San Lucas (round trip shuttle service included) and meet at the hotel in La Paz. Meet your guide for an orientation and dinner after you arrive. Overnight at Hotel Catedral, a beautiful modern hotel in the city center (4 nights). (D)
MARCH 3rd - LA PAZ TO MAGDALENA BAY
Our guide will pick us up at the hotel after breakfast to head across the peninsula to the Pacific (about a 3 hour drive). Arrive to beautiful Magdalena Bay and head by boat to a secluded location where you will camp for the next three nights. If weather allows, you can look for gray whales on the way to the camp. Once settled in, there will be a camp orientation, followed by happy hour and a delicious dinner after sunset. (B, L, D)
MARCH 4th - GREEN TURTLE RESEARCH
Today after breakfast, you will help set nets used in efforts to study the black turtles, a sub-species of green turtles. Once a turtle is found, it is brought ashore to study, including taking the length and width, weighing, tagging, and other data collection. Once complete, the turtle is released back into the water. We will bring a picnic lunch and some shade and spend most of the day working with the turtles. Afterwards, feel free to head out in a kayak to explore the Bay. After dinner, your guide will lead a star gazing lesson or make a campfire; you won’t often find a better place! (B, L, D)
MARCH 5th - FRIENDLY GRAY WHALES
Head out early to search for gray whales. We will take small boats known as pangas that will take us out into the channel. 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. We will spend most of the day on the water with a picnic lunch on an island, and then head back late afternoon to relax at the camp. (B, L, D)
MARCH 6th - MAGDALENA BAY
After breakfast we will explore the magic of the greater Magdalena Bay complex, its vast, rolling sand dunes and mangrove canals teeming with birdlife. Climb up a dune for a great view of the area and to play in the sand. We head back to La Paz early afternoon and will have some downtime before dinner to shop or explore the town. Dinner is on your own to explore the town's great offerings. (B, L)
MARCH 7th - WHALE SHARK RESEARCH & ESPIRITU SANTO ISLAND
Whale sharks are the true “gentle giants” of the oceans. The largest fish on the planet, these gentle beasts return yearly to the coast just off La Paz. Join whale shark researchers in their efforts to learn more about these magnificent creatures and support their protection. You'll have several opportunities to snorkel with these incredible (but not aggressive) animals.
Afterwards you will head out to the beautiful island of Espiritu Santo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. First you will have the opportunity to snorkel with sea lions, who are incredibly graceful in the water. Afterwards, head to the island for a picnic lunch and a hike through the desert landscape, before heading back to town by boat in time to relax. Dinner is on your own. (B, L)
MARCH 8th - TODOS SANTOS
Today will be a dry day, visiting the artist community of Todos Santos (1.5 hour drive). Explore the history of this town with a walking tour and then visit a turtle conservation project hatchery to see if they have any hatchlings ready for release. If time allows, take a hike to a nearby pond to look for birds and other wildlife. Tonight the group will have a final celebratory dinner together. (B, L, D)
MARCH 9th - DEPARTURE
Head to the airport for your flight home or to explore other parts of this incredible region. If you're flying out from Los Cabos, be sure to schedule your flight after 2 pm if you are taking the group shuttle or feel free to arrange a shuttle to fit your schedule. (B)
Is This Trip Right For Me?
This is a trip for adventurers and wildlife enthusiasts. In Baja, you’ll be camping in comfort, spending time in boats, and eating new foods (some fresh from the ocean). Activities may be modified due to wind, weather and other conditions. Your safety and enjoyment are our top priorities. We don’t guarantee wildlife interactions, but this trip is scheduled at the perfect time, with local experts and in the perfect setting. The schedule can be fluid and all activities may not start on time and there may be bugs around. But we feel that pushing one’s boundaries and stepping out of one’s comfort zone is the best way to learn about yourself and the world!
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Photos: RED Travel Mexico, Elizabeth Moreno, Neil Osborne