Overview

Safari Wildlife Adventure: whale sharks, gray whales, sea turtles and Espiritu Santo

Experience the natural wonders  the Baja California peninsula, including of three of Earth’s most charismatic marine species, gray whales and endangered sea turtles, from the majestic setting of RED Travel’s Gray Whale and Sea Turtle Eco Camp in Magdalena Bay. This jewel of the Pacific is home to a staggering number of marine and aviary species, lush mangrove canals and towering sand dunes. You’ll top off the trip with a trip to Espíritu Santo island, and an encounter with the mystical whale sharks, the gentle giants that gather just outside the Bay of La Paz. You will experience regional cuisine with gourmet flair, and your naturalist guides will ensure you leave expertly informed on all themes of flora and fauna.

Trips length:

8D/7N


Price from:

US $2,075 per person

 

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50% discount for children under 11 for each paid adult
15% discount for young people from 12 to 18 years old for each paid adult

 

Available: Enquire for availability
Trip Type: Small Group avg. 8, max. 10
Accommodations: RED Basecamp, Hotel in La Paz
Departs from: La Paz (enquire for Los Cabos, Loreto, Todos Santos)
Minimum age: 5



Dates:

                        2020 Calendar
January 29 – February 5      March 2 – 9
February 1 – 8                         March 7 – 14
February 4 – 11                       March 12 – 19
February 12 – 19
February 19 – 26
February 22 – 29
February 28 – March 6

Itinerary


Day 1 - Arrival

Check in to your hotel and enjoy a stroll around historic La Paz. Get plenty of rest, the adventure begins tomorrow. (Airport transfers available. Ask us for pricing and options).

Day 2 - Espiritu Santo Island

After breakfast we will head to RED´s office for the boat ride to Espiritu Santo Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a natural paradise that will amaze you with breathtaking island scenery and rich marine life. Jump in the water to snorkel with the sea lions and observe tropical fish. Afterwards, your captain will seek out a secluded beach for a tasty lunch and time to relax or explore this unique place before heading back to La Paz in time for dinner. (B/L)

Day 3 - 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 rancho for coffee and bathroom break). Enjoy lunch on the pier 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 and Sea Turtle Eco 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. B/L/D

Day 4 - 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 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. During the day you’ll have the chance to get out and explore the mangroves by kayak and cross the sand dunes to the Pacific. B/L/D

Day 5 - 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 6 - Gray whales to La Paz

In the morning wake 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 make our way back to La Paz. B/L

Day 7 - Snorkel with whale sharks and visit to Balandra Bay

We meet early in the morning for the short boat ride to the observation zone where the whale sharks come to feed. Along the way, your bilingual naturalist guide will brief you on whale shark ecology as well as regulations for snorkeling in the observation zone. If you are feeling adventurous, grab your snorkel and mask and, accompanied by your guide, get in the water to see the whale sharks up close. During peak holidays when boat activity increases, we will explore the surrounding area by boat as we wait for our turn to see these incredible creatures. The trip continues to Balandra Bay, for lunch, relaxation and exploration before returning to La Paz.

Day 8 - Departure

Included: Round trip ground transportation between RED camp and La Paz; all meals and beverages as specified in itinerary; bilingual naturalist guide with WFR certification; double occupancy lodging in hotel (La Paz) and RED high-end tent camp; 3 whale watching excursions; participation in sea turtle monitoring; all park entrance fees; whale shark and Espíritu Santo activities as described in the itinerary; snorkeling equipment and wetsuits; all taxes.

Not included: Airport transfers (enquire for availability and pricing); airline flights and any transportation not described in the itinerary; any meals and activities not described in the itinerary; gratuities.

ADDITIONAL TRIP DETAILS:

  • All trips staffed by bilingual naturalist guide with Wilderness First Responder certification.
  • Transportation on this trip includes private vans and outboard watercraft.
  • 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.
  • Physical level: Light to medium activities including walking and hiking, snorkeling and boat travel
  • Beginner/first time snorkelers are welcome, but must be able to swim to participate in snorkeling portion of trip.
  • 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:

8D/7N


Price from:

US $2,075 per person

 

Book Now
 


50% discount for children under 11 for each paid adult
15% discount for young people from 12 to 18 years old for each paid adult

 

Available: Enquire for availability
Trip Type: Small Group avg. 8, max. 10
Accommodations: RED Basecamp, Hotel in La Paz
Departs from: La Paz (enquire for Los Cabos, Loreto, Todos Santos)
Minimum age: 5



Dates:

                        2020 Calendar
January 29 – February 5      March 2 – 9
February 1 – 8                         March 7 – 14
February 4 – 11                       March 12 – 19
February 12 – 19
February 19 – 26
February 22 – 29
February 28 – March 6

Terms, 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:

8D/7N


Price from:

US $2,075 per person

 

Book Now
 


50% discount for children under 11 for each paid adult
15% discount for young people from 12 to 18 years old for each paid adult

 

Available: Enquire for availability
Trip Type: Small Group avg. 8, max. 10
Accommodations: RED Basecamp, Hotel in La Paz
Departs from: La Paz (enquire for Los Cabos, Loreto, Todos Santos)
Minimum age: 5



Dates:

                        2020 Calendar
January 29 – February 5      March 2 – 9
February 1 – 8                         March 7 – 14
February 4 – 11                       March 12 – 19
February 12 – 19
February 19 – 26
February 22 – 29
February 28 – March 6

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