Baja Sea Kayaking & Whale WatchingKayak, Hike, and Camp in Mexico

Mexico
Mexico
Intensity
4/10
18+

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Water and Wildlife in Mexico

Paddle next to massive Grey Whales. Swim with sea lions and whale sharks. Our week in Mexico will take you to some of the most beautiful ocean landscapes in North America as you kayak, hike, snorkel, and camp alongside stunning ocean wildlife.

The journey covers multiple locations throughout the southern Baja California peninsula beginning with an evening of camping by a relaxing natural hot spring. The next day, there will be plenty of time to explore before traveling to La Paz for an evening at Hotel Catedral. From here, you'll venture to a deserted island on Espiritu Santo for three days of kayaking. Camp will be at a different and stunning location each night with plenty of time during the day to snorkel with sea turtles, whale sharks, and other marine life. Your final adventure involves crossing the peninsula to observe massive gray whales off the west coast before a goodbye dinner of delicious sea food and your return home.

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Here’s what you need

Bring

Required
  • Comfortable athletic clothing for all days
  • Windproof shell
  • Bathing suit
  • Towel
  • Hiking boots and lightweight wool socks
  • Shoes or sandals for camp
  • Day pack
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Water bottles (3L capacity)
  • Rain gear
  • Warm layer for cool nights
  • Compact sleeping bag in stuff sack (40 degrees recommended)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat or visor
  • Sunscreen
  • Small first aid kit
  • Bugspray
  • Necessary prescriptions
  • Toiletries
  • Lip balm
  • Passport
Suggested
  • Swimming goggles
  • Paddling gloves
  • Extra snacks
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Packable camp chair or foam pad
  • Book
  • Baby wipes
  • Camera

Wear

  • Comfortable, quick drying, athletic clothing
  • Shoes or sandals
  • Sun hat or visor

Trip Package

Included
  • Professional guides and instructors
  • Transportation from/to SJD and throughout expedition
  • Two nights at Hotel Catedral, one night at Mangrove Inn
  • Four nights camping
  • Meals for duration of trip, as noted in itinerary
  • Expedition equipment (sea kayaks, snorkel sets, wetsuits, camping gear, etc)
  • Whale watching and whale shark boat trips
  • Entrance fees to biosphere reserve and national parks
  • Taxes and fees
Not included
  • Airfare to Los Cabos
  • Meals on travel days
  • Incidentals
  • Sleeping bags
  • Visa fees
  • Gratuity for your guides

Flights

Please plan to arrive to Los Cabos (SJD) in the late morning or afternoon before 2PM. Transportation will be arranged for the afternoon and all travelers will take the same transfer.

Flights departing SJD should depart in the afternoon of the final day at 12PM or later. If you'd like to arrange an extra day on either end of your trip, please note that you will be responsible for a taxi to or from the airport for the transfer.

Lodging

Lodging will vary from night to night with some being spent in hotel accommodations and some spent camping on the beach. Night one is spent at a remote campsite with log seating and a composting toilet. Campsites during the multi-day paddle will be at primitive campsites on the beach. Tents are double occupancy expedition tents (unless a single supplement is purchased) with therm-a-rest mats provided. Guests are asked to bring their own sleeping bags or one can be rented for $30. Meals at camp will be prepared by guides. Nights in La Paz will be spent at Hotel Catedral.

Weather

Daytime temperatures in Baja are typically in the high 70s or low 80s in February. Evenings may get down to the mid 50s or high 40s by the ocean.

Training

This trip does not require technical skills or experience. It does, however, require a moderate level of physical fitness for hiking and paddling. Give yourself adequate time to prepare, particularly if these forms and intensity of exercise are new. Personalized training recommendations are available for registrants.

Recommended for...

This trip is perfect for people looking for a grand adventure in a tropical climate. The days will be action packed but accessible to anyone with moderate fitness. First time campers are welcome and encouraged to join!

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