Three locations. Three species. Three experiences. One expedition.

This exclusive expedition showcases the whales of Baja and unique experiences with each species—an intimate encounter with friendly gray whales in San Ignacio Lagoon, an extraordinary experience with the biggest animal that ever lived (blue whales of Loreto), and spectacular whale action from humpbacks in Cabo San Lucas.

Every winter, different species come back to their habitats in Baja California. Grays and humpbacks come to breed; blues, to feed. This comprehensive exploration of Baja’s natural whale heritage is a first. With Cabo Expeditions, exploring all three habitats adds up to the best whale watching in Baja. Photographers and whale lovers will especially enjoy this experience.

Cabo Expeditions takes whale watching in Baja to a new level. For a few weeks each year, Baja California Sur is a magnet for migratory whales of all sizes and shapes. Whale watchers are hard put to choose where to go in this brief window of opportunity. Now Whales of Baja makes it possible to have it all.

Gray whales travel the farthest, for the sole purpose of breeding. They travel 5,000 miles from their Arctic feeding grounds to protected Pacific lagoon complexes on the west side of the Baja peninsula. There’s nothing there for them to eat. Hundreds come to the lagoons just to mate and give birth. They’ll head back to the Arctic in late spring. Whale watching in San Ignacio Lagoon is a magical experience, especially if a “friendly” gray approaches your boat.

You’ll travel around 400 miles with Cabo Expeditions on this comprehensive survey of Baja’s renowned whale species. On the east side of the peninsula, the harbor of Loreto on the Sea of Cortez will be our base. From there we’ll loop north to San Ignacio Lagoon for a day of gray whale interactions and a night of catered camping in cabanas or safari tents.

Cabana camping is “glamping” in a private cabin, with a big bed on a hardwood floor above the sand and your own sink with running water. This is carefree camping; you’ll be well fed and looked after by our attentive crew.

We’ll return for three days to explore for blue whales. They and their cohorts feed in the waters surrounding the five desert islands in the preserve. You are likely to see not only the largest animal that ever lived on earth, the blue whale, but other species completely new to you.

You could see a sperm whale in the vicinity, a pilot whale, a fin whale, a Bryde’s whale, a minke whale, false killer whales and more: the nutritious plankton soup that is the Sea of Cortez draws vast numbers of marine mammals, cetaceans and pinnipeds, dolphins and sea lions.

We’ll head south toward Land’s End for whale watching in Cabo San Lucas, where everyone’s favorite acrobats put on a show for the opposite sex. Humpback males, flashing their distinctive long white fins, come to Cabo for the girls. Breaching, snorting. bubbling and blowing, the action thrills whale watchers—dedicated and novice alike.

The humpbacks go back home to the Arctic too. Where the blues go, nobody knows. Some stay around all year, but the humpbacks and gray whales of Baja head north to feed.

You’ll come on this expedition for the whales, of course. But you could leave entranced by the dramatic geology, diverse bird and reptile life, and bizarre desert plants that endure in this remote and rugged landscape. This is not just a Baja whale-watching excursion, but an exploration of the natural riches that are Baja’s heritage, led by knowledgeable Cabo Expeditions guides.

TWO ITINERARIES ARE AVAILABLE:

LOR-CSL starts in Loreto and ends in Cabo San Lucas.
CSL-LOR starts in Cabo and ends in Loreto.

  CSL – LOR LOR – CSL
Day 1 Arrival in Cabo San Lucas, hotel check-in. (Hotel) Arrival in Loreto, hotel check-in. (Hotel)
Day 2 Breakfast, whale-watching #1, lunch, whale-watching #2, dinner. (Hotel, B, L, D) Depart for San Ignacio Lagoon after breakfast, orientation and check-in, lunch, whale-watching #1, happy hour, dinner. (Cabana, B, L, D)
Day 3 Breakfast, depart for La Paz, sightseeing along the way, lunch in La Paz, depart for Loreto, sightseeing along the way, check-in/free time, dinner. (Hotel, B, L, D) Breakfast, whale-watching #2, depart for mission town of San Ignacio, lunch in town, sightseeing, depart for Loreto, check-in. (Hotel, B, L, D)
Day 4 Breakfast, zodiac whale watching around the islands. The Loreto Marine Park established by Loreto citizens and The Nature Conservancy, encompasses five islands, big and small—Del Carmen, Danzante, Coronado, Catalina, and Montserrat—and the waters around them, rich with biodiversity. (Danzante Island is where three ancient tribes—Cochimi, Guaycura, and Pericu— gathered for days of dances entreating rain gods.) Lunch on the beach, afternoon whale-watching, back to hotel. (Hotel, B, L, D) Breakfast, zodiac whale watching around the islands of Loreto Marine Park. Lunch on the beach, afternoon whale-watching, back to hotel. (Hotel, B, L, D)
Day 5 Depart for San Ignacio Lagoon after breakfast, orientation and check-in, lunch, whale-watching #1, happy hour, dinner. (Cabana, B, L, D) Breakfast, depart for La Paz, sightseeing along the way, lunch in La Paz, depart for Cabo San Lucas, sightseeing along the way, check-in/free time, dinner. (Hotel, B, L, D)
Day 6 Breakfast, whale-watching #2, depart for mission town of San Ignacio, lunch in town, sightseeing, depart for Loreto, check-in/free evening. (Hotel, B, L) Breakfast, whale-watching #1, lunch, whale-watching #2, free afternoon/evening. (Hotel, B, L)
Day 7 Departure from Loreto Departure from Cabo San Lucas
DEPARTURES

TOUR DURATION: 7 days

DATE ITINERARY DEPARTS FROM ARRIVES TO
January 30 – February 5, 2015 CSL – LOR Cabo San Lucas Loreto
February 6 – 12, 2015 LOR – CSL Loreto Cabo San Lucas
February 13 – 19, 2015 CSL – LOR Cabo San Lucas Loreto
February 20 – 26, 2015 LOR – CSL Loreto Cabo San Lucas
February 27 – March 5, 2015 CSL – LOR Cabo San Lucas Loreto
March 6 – 12, 2015 LOR – CSL Loreto Cabo San Lucas
March 13 – 19, 2015 CSL – LOR Cabo San Lucas Loreto
March 20 – 26, 2015 LOR – CSL Loreto Cabo San Lucas
ACTIVITY LEVEL

Ages 8 years and up

GROUP SIZE

We require a minimum of 4 individuals to run the trip and we can accommodate up to 10 persons at a time.

DEPARTURE LOCATION

Depending on your itinerary, we’ll pick you up at San Angel Suites in Cabo San Lucas or at Hotel Angra in Loreto.

WHAT’S INCLUDED
  • Airport transfers, one-way ground transportation in comfortable, air-conditioned vans and zodiac boat transportation on the Sea of Cortez
  • A guided tour providing complete information about Baja’s whales, native plants, animals, birds, and marine life
  • 2 gray whale watching excursions in San Ignacio, a full day of blue whale watching in Loreto, 2 humpback whale watching tours in Cabo San Lucas
  • Use of kayaks and mountain bikes in San Ignacio Lagoon
  • 5 nights hotel accommodation and 1 night cabana or tent accommodation
  • Meals and beverages, plus unlimited photo opportunities
WHAT’S EXCLUDED
  • Airfares
  • Additional hotel stays
  • Ground transportation from Cabo San Lucas to Loreto (or vice versa)
  • USD 30 park fee*
  • Gratuities

* The park fee, or Conservation Passport, is valid for one year and allows you to visit Mexico’s protected areas as many times as you wish in one year.

REQUIREMENTS & RESTRICTIONS
  • Minimum age is 8 years old. Anyone under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
  • This tour is not allowed for guests who are pregnant or those with heart, back and/or neck problems.
  • No one under the influence of alcohol or drugs is allowed on the tour.
  • Depending on weather and wind conditions, the ride can be bumpy.
WHAT TO BRING
  • Casual/camping clothes packed in a water-resistant collapsible duffel bag: shorts and long pants or convertibles, short- and long-sleeve shirts, warm jacket/fleece/sweatshirt, socks, sleepwear, underwear, sun hat, windbreaker/rain jacket, sneakers/walking shoes, water-friendly sandals, towel
  • Toiletries kit (biodegradable products, please): toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, brush, comb, waterproof sunscreen, skin lotions/lip balm/insect repellant, personal medicines, contact lenses/glasses
  • Miscellaneous gear: dry bag for camera and personal gear, waterproof camera, memory cards, batteries, battery charger, ear plugs if you have trouble with noise, binoculars, flashlight with extra batteries, non-breakable water bottle
  • Money and passport
DID YOU KNOW?

Eight species of whales regularly visit the waters of Baja—blue whales, gray whales, humpback whales, sperm whales, pilot whales, Bryde’s whales, minke whales, and false killer whales—while you can see the resident fin whales year-round in the Sea of Cortez.


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