Overview

This Presidents Week (2019) visit Baja California Sur, home to gray whales, whale sharks and pristine national parks. This 4 day/3 night adventure makes the perfect getaway for a long weekend in a natural paradise. We provide round trip airport transportation, upscale hotel located in the historic city center, and unforgettable wildlife experiences, including a day trip to Espíritu Santo island, snorkeling with whale sharks, and a day of gray watching in the protect waters of Magdalena Bay where they come to mate and calve. You will be accompanied by our world-class naturalist guides, who will ensure you get the most out of every experience.

trips length:

4D/3N


Price from:

US $635 per person


Available: Feb 15 – 18
Trip Type: Small Group avg. 8, max. 10 (private options available)
Accommodations: Hotel in La Paz
Departs from: La Paz, Los Cabos (enquire for Loreto, Todos Santos)


Dates:

Feb 15 – 18

Itinerary


Day 1 - Arrival

Your driver will be waiting for you at Los Cabos International Airport (La Paz International Airport transfers available) to take you on the scenic drive from San Jose del Cabo to your hotel in La Paz (2.5 hours). RED staff will be waiting to assist with your hotel check-in and to answer any questions you might have. You will meet the rest of your group and your naturalist guide at a welcome dinner. Rest up tomorrow your adventure begins! Meals included today: Dinner

Day 2 - Gray Whale Watching

Your driver and guide will meet you early in the morning for the trip to Magdalena Bay (3 hrs). Along the way your naturalist guide will brief you on the incredible migration the gray whales make each year from the Bering Sea down to the protected bays along Mexico's Pacific coast. February through March is peak whale observation season, and if you are lucky you will have the chance to experience a close-up encounter with these gentle giants. You’ll enjoy a picnic lunch on a secluded beach before heading back out for more whale watching. Afterwards, you will return to your waiting transportation, arriving in La Paz well in time for dinner. Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 - Espíritu Santo Island and Snorkeling with Whale Sharks

After breakfast we will head to RED´s office for the boat ride to Espíritu 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. Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 - Departure

After breakfast, your driver will be waiting outside the hotel lobby to transport you to the Los Cabos International Airport. Meals included today: Breakfast

Included: Round trip ground transportation between SJD or LAP airport and downtown La Paz; round trip ground transportation for whale watching; all meals and beverages as specified in itinerary; bilingual naturalist guide with WFR certification; double occupancy lodging in 3 star hotel; 1 whale watching excursion; all park entrance fees; whale shark and Espíritu Santo activities as described in the itinerary; snorkeling equipment and wetsuits; all taxes.

Not included: 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.
  • 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, 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:

4D/3N


Price from:

US $635 per person


Available: Feb 15 – 18
Trip Type: Small Group avg. 8, max. 10 (private options available)
Accommodations: Hotel in La Paz
Departs from: La Paz, Los Cabos (enquire for Loreto, Todos Santos)


Dates:

Feb 15 – 18

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 $635 per person


Available: Feb 15 – 18
Trip Type: Small Group avg. 8, max. 10 (private options available)
Accommodations: Hotel in La Paz
Departs from: La Paz, Los Cabos (enquire for Loreto, Todos Santos)


Dates:

Feb 15 – 18

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