We knew that we wanted to visit Baja Sur. A spring trip to Bahia de Los Angeles and Guerrero Negro only served to peak our interest. We wanted the opportunity to meet people and learn about the communities we visited. My wife is a marine biologist who has focused much of her work on fish migration and species restoration. Learning about whale shark research, sea turtle conservation efforts and snorkeling were on high on our activity list along with interests in history, art and local foods. In short, we wanted it all.
We began our research of tour companies and organizations at Trip Advisor. The list of tour providers is long. We were interested in a tour operator experienced in creating an individual experience yet integrated with and involved in supporting the local community. As I read through the descriptions and visited websites, the reviews of RED Travel Mexico and the description of the goals and objectives of the organization quickly made it the top pick.
First off, our guide, Manuel, was great. He is knowledgeable, accommodating and interested in learning. My wife had several years of Spanish in high school and refreshed her learning in graduate school, but hadn’t been in conversational situations. As for me, I know exactly enough to be dangerous. Manuel served admirably as both ambassador and interpreter.
There were many, many high points, but at the top of the list was the opportunity to take part in the whale shark research efforts of Dení Ramírez Macías and Tiburón Ballena México. We joined her colleague Jay for the morning as he photographed whale sharks in the Bay of La Paz. That was truly exciting. We then had the great pleasure of spending the evening with Deni and hearing a presentation about her research results.
We’re planning our return trips (plural) to Baja Sur and will most certainly again call on the RED Travel Mexico team.
Check out Bob’s review on Trip Advisor.
This entry was written by Bob McIntire from his last trip to Baja in November 2015.
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