Paddle through dense mangrove canals lush with wildlife and take part in a sea turtle conservation project recognized around the world as a model for community based conservation. You will learn about the importance of the green sea turtle’s survival from our base camp on a secluded shell island. Spend time exploring Magdalena Bay discovering neighboring islands and hiking up pristine sand dunes that lead to miles of untouched beaches. Experience the perfect combination of adventure, discovery and comfort for all ages.
Sea turtle monitoring, mangrove exploration, kayaking, dune hiking, cultural interaction, bird watching, star gazing, gourmet cuisine.
Nature lovers, families, adventure travelers, academic or corporate retreats.
Ask for our custom and private departures for groups.
La Paz, Baja California Sur
Departure from Los Cabos or Loreto available upon request.
January to March
Day 1 – La Paz to Magdalena Bay
Depart from La Paz early in the morning en route to Magdalena Bay, jewel of the Pacific and home to a staggering number of migratory and marine birds, sea turtles, and marine mammals including the migratory gray whales. Breakfast will be provided en route at one of our favorite local ranchos. Settle into our secluded island camp and after happy hour, learn about the important sea turtle restoration project which will be the focus of tomorrow’s activities. Get a good night’s rest, tomorrow we search for turtles.
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 – Whale watching and mangrove exploration
Head down to the beach to finish measuring and weighing sea turtles before releasing them back into the wild, concluding the sea turtle monitoring portion of the trip. Today we explore the magic of the greater Magdalena Bay complex, it’s vast, rolling sand dunes and winding mangrove canals teeming with birdlife. Back at camp, budding chefs can head to the kitchen for regional cuisine cooking class. The rest of the group can head to the beach to learn artisanal fishing techniques, or relax and get lost in a book. 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 to La Paz
Bid farewell to your hosts and head out early to search for gray whales. We will depart by van for a short ride south before climbing about pangas that will take us out into the channel. Friendly whales often approach the boats, and the mothers are known to push the young calves closer, which can make for an incredible interaction between two species. We will enjoy a picnic lunch on a secluded barrier island before heading back out to see whales. Afterwards, we will head south to La Paz where the journey concludes.
|April – May 2015
||Private departures Available
||Departing from La Paz
Price: $1485 US per person | Kids under 11 are entitled to 30% discount with paid adult
Sea turtle monitoring, ground transportation from La Paz to Magdalena Bay and back, regional gourmet cuisine (including wine and beer), upgraded camping accommodations with mattresses and linens.
Breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 5, hotels or transportation prior or after the trip, tips (usually 10-15% of the trip fee)