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Itinerary for Sea of Cortez Islands & Whale Watching



Sample Itinerary: Magdalena Bay departure - subject to changes

Note on Itinerary: Approximate paddling distances listed can vary depending on group size and weather. We will do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above. However, the itinerary may change due to reasons beyond our control such as wind, waves or inclement weather. Please Note: Although there is a very good chance we'll see whales and other marine life throughout the week, the frequency, proximity, and quality of sightings will ultimately be determined by the wildlife.

Breakfast = B  Lunch = L  Dinner = D

Day 0: Welcome to Loreto / La Paz in Baja!
Upon your arrival in Loreto / La Paz take a quick cab ride to your hotel (not included in trip cost). Today, you are on your own for sightseeing until the orientation meeting (6 or 7 PM), where your guides will answer questions and review the morning plan.                                                                                                                                 
Meals Included: 0 (travel day)


Day 1: Whale Watching in Magdalena Bay
Depart at 7:30am sharp for van transportation (2 hours) to Puerto Lopez Mateos on Magdalena Bay. Your first whale watching session will start immediately upon arrival. You might even see whales right from the dock! At the end of the 2-hour session, the boat driver will ferry you across the bay to our exclusive base camp on a sand-dune barrier island. You will have a chance to unload your gear and settle into your pre-assembled tent before
a hearty lunch. This afternoon, your guides will lead a hike across the dunes to the Pacific Ocean. You can meander back to camp along the beach in the sunset, just in time for happy hour and a dinner under the stars.
Accommodations: Beach camping
Meals Included: L, D


Day 2: Whale Watching in Magdalena Bay
Arise to the sounds of birds chirping and waves lapping the shore as coffee and tea are prepared to great you and the morning sun.  Feel free to stroll along the beach, sip your coffee, and watch the whales as your guides prepare a hot breakfast.  You will have 2 whale watching sessions by federally-licensed skiff today, with plenty of time for dune walking, hiking, and relaxing on the sand while whales frolic offshore. You can also elect to do birding tours in the mangrove areas of the lagoon instead of whale watching, or part whale watching, part birding sessions.
Accommodations: Beach camping
Meals Included: B, L, D

Day 3: Return to Loreto or La Paz
You will enjoy one final 2-hour whale watching session after breakfast in the morning before returning to Puerto Lopez Mateo by skiff.  Take a few minutes when returning to Puerto Lopez Mateo to explore the small local shops at the port and possibly purchase a commemorative token before heading out to enjoy a hot seafood lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, transfer back to Loreto or La Paz and check-into your tour hotel for a shower or stroll along the waterfront before an orientation meeting for the kayaking portion of the trip.
Accommodation La Paz: Seven Crown Centro  
Accommodation Loreto: Hacienda Suites                                                                                                                                  
Meals Included: B, L


Day 4: Time to go kayaking
Please eat breakfast and be packed by the meeting time before you board a boat for our shuttle to the kayak put-in site. After loading the boats, your guides will teach you the basics of paddling and thoroughly review safety procedures. The group won't leave shore until all participants feel comfortable. Then, you will make a 50-minute, 2 to 3-mile crossings to the off-shore islands where you’ll have a chance to snorkel and hike before lunch, and then kayak to your first night's campsite.
Accommodations: Beach camping
Meals Included: L, D
Paddling duration: 3-4 hours


Day 5-7: Camping and kayaking in the Sea of Cortez
Awake to freshly brewed coffee and tea as the sunrise spills golden light onto this serene desert island. The days begin with spectacular sunrises and end with delightfully cool evenings, enjoying sunsets, star-gazing, moonrise, or even bioluminescence in the sea on moonless nights.
After a warm breakfast prepared by your guides, you'll pack your belongings into the kayaks for the morning paddle. Expect to kayak about 4 hours per day, including floating rest stops, moving along the coast to a new campsite each night (wind permitting) with one layover day at the same site. You will enjoy a long lunch break between the morning and afternoon paddle, and occasional floating rest stops while kayaking. During lunch and before happy hour, you'll have plenty of opportunity for snorkeling with Baja's plentiful reef fish, hiking the island's arroyo trails, or just relaxing on the sandy beaches.
You will paddle and explore the scenic cliffs and coves of Danzante and Carmen in the Loreto Bay National Marine Park/UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy stunning landscapes, unique geology, and watch as the subtle nuances of the Baja desert landscape unfolds into a natural masterpiece through interpretive hikes and talks by your highly-educated guides. At night, the lack of light pollution reveals constellations you've never seen! Enjoy the stars through the comfort of your dome-tent, or sleep underneath them on the sand.
Meals Included: B, L, D
Paddling duration: 3-4 hours per day


Day 8: Return to Loreto or La Paz
After a final breakfast and breaking camp, you will paddle to the take-out site and unpack your kayak while the guides prepare lunch. A van will return you mid-afternoon to Loreto or La Paz. In the evening, you are invited to join your kayak group for a final farewell dinner (no-host) out on the town to say good-byes and toast new found kayaking skills and friends.
Accommodations: not included
Meals Included: B, L

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Sea of Cortez Islands & Whale Watching
Tour Code: ZZ-SKEC-29
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,890.00
Dates : Jan to Mar

Trip Rating :
Level : Fitness Level
Difficulty Levels Explained
1. Easy
Easy pace and an average-to-sedentary level of fitness. You should be in good health and fit enough for full day of normal sightseeing and walking.
2. Easy to Moderate
An average level of fitness or some experience with the featured activity is recommended.
3. Moderate
Requires you to have performed the featured activity regularly, with some periods on challenging terrain. Activities are mandatory and you may be traveling at high elevations. You need to be in good health and physical condition to enjoy these trips, with adequate muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance.
4. Demanding
You must be extremely physically fit and are expected to hike or ride four to six hours over steep or more rugged terrain.
5. Strenuous
Prolonged hiking/biking on moderate to difficult terrain (five to nine hours a day).
May include high altitude, rugged terrain etc..

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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 01/31 - 02/07 8d / 7n 8 days, AP (3 days of whale ... 4 /14 Expired
A 2020 02/07 - 02/14 8d / 7n 8 days, AP (3 days of whale ... 4 /14 Expired
A 2020 02/14 - 02/21 8d / 7n 8 days, AP (3 days of whale ... 4 /14 Expired
A 2020 02/21 - 02/28 8d / 7n 8 days, AP (3 days of whale ... 4 /14 Expired
A 2020 02/28 - 03/06 8d / 7n 8 days, AP (3 days of whale ... 4 /14 Expired
A 2020 03/06 - 03/13 8d / 7n 8 days, AP (3 days of whale ... 4 /14 Expired
A 2020 03/13 - 03/20 8d / 7n 8 days, AP (3 days of whale ... 4 /14 Expired
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