Overview

Journey 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.

On this four – day expedition you will witness the incredible gray whales that migrate from the Arctic to mate and calve in these protected waters, as well as participate in a world – renowned sea turtle research and conservation project. You’ll have the chance to explore the vast sand dunes, kayak through lush mangrove canals, and wonder at the star – filled nights. When not out on the water, pop in the kitchen for an impromptu class on regional cooking, or head down to the beach to see what you can learn about traditional fishing techniques. Enjoy comfort, local cuisine and hospitality in our eco – camp nestled into the dunes at the water’s edge. Camp can be reserved for family getaways and private escapes.

trips length:

4D/3N


Price from:

US $925 per person


Available: Late January – March
Trip Type: Small Group avg. 12, max. 16 (private options available)
Accommodations: RED Basecamp
Departs from: La Paz (enquire for Todos Santos, Loreto)



Dates:

  • February 5 – 8
  • February 11 – 14
  • February 14 – 17
  • February 23 – 26

Itinerary


Day 1 - La Paz to Magdalena Bay

Depart from La Paz early in the morning en route to Magdalena Bay (3.5 hours with stop at a ranchofor coffee and bathroom), Enjoy lunch before heading out to see the gray whales that come here to mate and calve before returning to Bering Sea. Afterwards, you’ll arrive at RED’s Gray Whale Camp nestled into the natural surroundings, 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. L/D

Day 2 - Sea Turtle Monitoring and mangrove exploration

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 pangasto 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. During the day you’ll have the chance to get out and explore the mangroves and dunes that make Magdalena Bay so unique. Monitoring continues into the night. B/L/D

Day 3 - Gray whale observation

Today we set out after breakfast to search for the friendly gray whales that make the incredible migration from the Bering Sea, all the way down to Magdalena Bay where every year the whales come to breed and calve. Get ready for an incredible interaction with another species. When not out observing gray whales, pop into the kitchen to learn about regional cuisine, or relax and get lost in a book. After dinner, relax and enjoy the stars in a night sky that never disappoints. B/L/D

Day 4 - Gray Whales to La Paz

In the morningwake up to take in the spectacular sunrise one more time. After breakfast we will bid farewell to our hosts and head out in the search for whales. Make sure your camera is handy to capture images of these magnificent giants. After a picnic lunch on a secluded barrier island, we start back for La Paz where the journey concludes. B/L

Included: Round trip ground transportation between RED camp and La Paz; all marine transport in Magdalena Bay; all meals and beverages in camp as specified in itinerary; bilingual naturalist guide with WFR certification; double occupancy lodging in RED tent camp; up to 4 whale watching excursions; participation in sea turtle monitoring; park entrance fee; all taxes.

Not included: Airline flights and any transportation not described in the itinerary; any meals not described in the itinerary; gratuities.

ADDITIONAL TRIP DETAILS:

  • Trip begins and ends with pick up/drop off in your hotel lobby
  • All trips staffed by bilingual naturalist guide with Wilderness First Responder certification.
  • Transportation on this trip includes private vans and outboard watercraft.
  • Physical level: Light activities including walking and hiking, boat travel
  • Sit on top kayaks are available for use in camp under guide’s supervision
  • Upon receipt of payment, RED will request specific passenger information and will provide departure specific information and packing list.
  • Private itineraries available; enquire for Outdoor Team Building, Board and Corporate retreats.

Red is a hybrid organization that provides world class natural and cultural adventures that benefit conservation and community development. RED provides capacity building to rural communities in Natural Protected Areas throughout Mexico and supports regional models of sustainable tourism development.

Trip Impact

Reducing our footprint

RED’s zero-waste goal for day trips and itineraries in our gray whale camp helps us minimize our environmental impact. We have eliminated single use plastic from our operations. Lunch and snacks are sourced from local providers focusing on fresh versus packaged food. Recyclables are separated onsite and transferred to a processing facility and all organic waste is composted.

Traveling Roots and whale shark ambassadors –Raising awareness with local youth

We can’t appreciate what we don’t know first hand. RED provides scholarships to underserved local youth to visit Espíritu Santo and to snorkel with whale sharks with a goal to foster stewardship and to promote equal access for all to the natural wonders that make La Paz such a unique destination.

Preserving endangered sea turtles in Magdalena Bay

RED works with Grupo Tortuguero de las Californias to recruit, train and employ fisher conservationists, creating sustainable employment alternatives, funding the monitoring, and in the process generating important data about the health and movement of sea turtle populations. By putting the monitoring in the hands of local fishermen RED and funding the participation of students from surrounding communities in sea turtle monitoring, RED is helping to create local stewards of Magdalena Bay’s natural resources.

Building local economy

RED designs its operational model to include local residents in its operations, whether as microenterprises, or directly as individuals, helping to diversify incomes while providing training and skills building through RED’s capacity building programs.

Strengthening individuals families and microenterprises in rural communities

RED’s co-founders founded an independent, nonprofit arm, Red de Turismo Sustentable y Desarrollo Social AC,using our tourism expertise to create a micro-enterprise training program that benefits budding family enterprises throughout Mexico.

Reforestation in the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve

The Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere reserve is a natural paradise, boasting natural springs, oak trees, and one of the peninsula’s premiere spots for biodiversity. Mining, uncontrolled grazing and logging hasten desertification, threatening habitat and the natural process that makes this Reserve one of the principal water resources in the region. Working with CONANP and local rancheros, RED created a tourism based program focused on reforestation and soil restoration, along the way providing training and sustainable livelihoods.

trips length:

4D/3N


Price from:

US $925 per person


Available: Late January – March
Trip Type: Small Group avg. 12, max. 16 (private options available)
Accommodations: RED Basecamp
Departs from: La Paz (enquire for Todos Santos, Loreto)



Dates:

  • February 5 – 8
  • February 11 – 14
  • February 14 – 17
  • February 23 – 26

Term, Payment & Aditional info.

Packing & luggage

You probably have everything you need for your upcoming trip with RED Travel México, so don’t worry about rushing out to buy the latest high tech gear. If you don’t, you can probably borrow it. That said, there are a few essential items that you should bring with you. We recommend bringing a medium sized duffel bag or suitcase and a small daypack. Pack for cold and hot as we get drastic temperature swings and wind and a setting sun can turn a hot day into a cold night quickly in the desert.

  • Sun hat and warm hat in winter/spring months
  • Sunglasses
  • long sleeve shirt for sun protection
  • Bathing suit
  • Long pants and shorts
  • Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking and old tennis shoes or sturdy water friendly sandals
  • windbreaker and in winter months a warm layer or other jacket or sweater, rain jacket
  • Water bottle. Please bring your own reusable water bottle
  • A small flashlight or headlamp
  • dry bag or large ziploc is handy to keep valuables dry and the sand/dust out
  • Any personal medication you need
  • If you wear glasses or contacts you may want to bring a spare pair
  • Biodegradable sunblock
  • Ear plugs
  • Personal toiletries
  • Camera with protective case
  • towel or sarong is nice to dry off and help fend off the sun
  • Cash is handy for tipping guides, camp staff and and captains.
  • good attitude. Weather changes, food tastes different, speaking Spanish is harder than you remembered. Roll with it and have a good time!

trips length:

4D/3N


Price from:

US $925 per person


Available: Late January – March
Trip Type: Small Group avg. 12, max. 16 (private options available)
Accommodations: RED Basecamp
Departs from: La Paz (enquire for Todos Santos, Loreto)



Dates:

  • February 5 – 8
  • February 11 – 14
  • February 14 – 17
  • February 23 – 26

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