Magdalena Bay, has been called the Jewel of the Pacific, Mexico’s Chesapeake and is often accompanied by adjectives that, if you don’t know the place, border on hyperbolic: amazing, marvelous, incredible, majestic (we use this one). Though if you have visited this natural paradise (there’s another one), you know that these words don’t quite do it justice.
From December to March, migrating gray whales call it their home away from home, the bay providing protected waters for them to mate and calve.
Magdalena Bay is the place where endangered black sea turtles feed off the abundant sea grasses, and where leatherbacks, hawksbills and olive ridleys can be encountered. Magdalena Bay is also home to scores of marine birds and migratory species.
In front of the RED camp, coyotes play along the mangrove shores, often swimming across the canals in search of prey or just exploring their territory, and have been known to steal shoes left outside tents by unknowing visitors. Sometimes you hear them yipping in the distance before the sun rises. In the mornings we occasionally watch as dolphins rocket along the shore, scooping up a morning meal and looking like they’re having a pretty good time at it.
Come join us this February and March and see for yourself why Magdalena is such an amazing jewel, an incredible, majestic paradise. Watch the fog lift off the waters in front of our gray whale and sea turtle research camp at sunrise. Hike the tallest dune in the region to watch the sun fall back into the Pacific between the barrier islands that form Magdalena Bay. Take a kayak on an afternoon paddle and float through a mangrove canal at beak level with the night herons and ibis. Or take an overnight excursion from La Paz to see the gray whales on break from their 10,000 mile migration from the Arctic down to Mexico and back again.
If you want to experience one of Mexico’s most wild places, contact RED and we will help you plan the perfect excursion to Magdalena Bay.