Baja Whale Watching & Turtle Research
Join RED Sustainable Travel on a unique whale watching and turtle research excursion to Magdalena Bay. Get up close and personal with gray whales and participate in hands-on green sea turtle research with local conservationists. Profits from this trip will help to save at least 100 hatchlings at a turtle nesting beach per participant.
2017 Dates: Feb. 2-5 & March 5-8
Price: $1,495 per person (discounts available for children, see below)
Includes: All in-country transportation, most meals, camping in Magdalena Bay, activities, guides, and a donation to turtle conservation.
Excludes: Airfare to La Paz, hotel in La Paz (2 nights), airport pickup, personal items, guide tips, and travel insurance. RED can arrange for a hotel in La Paz ($90/night double occupancy) and airport transfer ($15) at cost.
- Discounts for children available.
- Accommodations are field camping with comfortable amenities. Tents are equipped with either two singles or one double mattress with linens and pillows. Toilet and shower facilities are environmentally friendly and integrated into the landscape.
- Monthly payment plans are available until 3 months before trip departure.
- This trip can be done as a student field trip. Contact us here to inquire about dates and prices.
CONTACT US TO REGISTER, REQUEST MORE INFO, OR ASK A QUESTION
Register by phone at 800.215.0378
DAY 1 - LA PAZ TO MAGDALENA BAY
After breakfast, your guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you across the peninsula to beautiful Magdalena Bay on the Pacific Coast, home to some of Mexico´s most breathtaking views. Meet the research crew and head out to the campsite and sea turtle monitoring base.
An orientation to the in-water sea turtle monitoring follows, with happy hour and dinner after sunset, blending local cuisine with gourmet flair. After dinner your guide will lead a session of star identification.
DAY 2 - SEA TURTLE MONITORING
Wake up early and grab a cup of coffee and watch the fisher-conservationists prepare the nets used in the sea turtle monitoring, or stay in bed and catch a few extra z’s. During breakfast we will learn about the monitoring protocol and how we can participate in the data collection.
Every two hours you will have the chance to accompany the monitoring team in pangas to check the nets for turtles. Captured sea turtles will be transported to camp where we will help take measurements and other important data before releasing them back into the wild. Throughout the day you’ll have the chance to get all your questions about sea turtles. After dinner, take in the stars in a night sky that never disappoints.
DAY 3 - GRAY WHALES & MANGROVE EXPLORATION
After breakfast, grab a clipboard and camera and head down to the beach to finish measuring and weighing sea turtles before releasing them back to the water. After lunch and a siesta, head out to search for Baja's famous "friendly" gray whales. Your guide will explain the whales' behavior and why this place is so important.
Tonight we will learn about the gray whales, their incredible migration, and the importance of Magdalena Bay for breeding and calving to these magnificent creatures. Sit by the fire tonight and swap stories with your fisher guides and learn about the crucial role they play in conserving the natural resources of Magdalena Bay by combining tourism with conservation.
DAY 4 - GRAY WHALES & RETURN TO LA PAZ
After breakfast, head out for another day of whales. Enjoy a picnic before crossing the dunes to the Pacific Ocean. Visit with fishermen to see what they are catching and learn about local fishing techniques. Back at camp, relax or take a leisurely kayak paddle through the mangroves and then one more whale watching session.
You will be dropped off at your hotel where you can rest up for the flight home or continue your Baja California Sur adventure.
Is This Trip Right For Me?
This is a trip for adventurers and wildlife enthusiasts. In Baja, you’ll be camping, spending lots of time in boats, and eating new foods (some fresh from the ocean). There are no guarantees to see wildlife and activities are dependent on weather (though most participants do see them). 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