Overview

Head north from La Paz and up the Pacific Coast to witness the magnificent gray whales the travel yearly to these protected waters to mate and calve. Your naturalist will meet you in the hotel lobby early in the morning for the 2.5 hour trip to Puerto Chale (coffee and bathroom break). Arriving to the small fishing village, you’ll meet your captain and head out through the mangroves towards the mouth of Almejas Bay (Bahía de Almejas comprises the southern and less developed portion of the Magdalena Bay complex).

trips length:

10 Hours


Price from:

US $250 (minimum 5)


Available: January 15 – March 15
Trip type: Private and small group (10 max.) available
Departs from: La Paz, Todos Santos


Dates:

Itinerary


Head north from La Paz and up the Pacific Coast to witness the magnificent gray whales the travel yearly to these protected waters to mate and calve. Your naturalist will meet you in the hotel lobby early in the morning for the 2.5 hour trip to Puerto Chale (coffee and bathroom break). Arriving to the small fishing village, you’ll meet your captain and head out through the mangroves towards the mouth of Almejas Bay (Bahía de Almejas comprises the southern and less developed portion of the Magdalena Bay complex).

Optional add-ons

Ground transport and airport transfers

Lodging in La Paz

Day trip to Espíritu Santo island

Walking tour of La Paz

Included: Private naturalist guide; Private ground transportation; Whale watching including 4 hours boat time (includes time for picnic lunch); Lunch and beverages; Park entrance fee; Taxes.

Not included: Gratuities; Meals and services not included in trip description.

ADDITIONAL TRIP DETAILS:

  • Trip departs from hotel lobby at 11:00 am, pickup time can be modified upon request
  • Trip returns to La Paz by 6 p.m.
  • Trip staffed by bilingual naturalist guide and professionally licensed driver.
  • Transportation: Private van or SUV
  • Physical level: light activity including walking, boat travel
  • Upon receipt of payment, RED will request specific passenger information and will provide departure specific information and packing list.

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:

10 Hours


Price from:

US $250 (minimum 5)


Available: January 15 – March 15
Trip type: Private and small group (10 max.) available
Departs from: La Paz, Todos Santos


Dates:

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:

10 Hours


Price from:

US $250 (minimum 5)


Available: January 15 – March 15
Trip type: Private and small group (10 max.) available
Departs from: La Paz, Todos Santos


Dates:


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