Sea and Sierras National Parks and Wildlife Adventure
Explore three of the most important National Parks in Baja California Sur. Upon arrival you will head up into the Sierra de La Laguna, a Biosphere Reserve where you will find vernal pools, waterfalls and lush surroundings, and visit a traditional rancho to experience some of the culture that makes the Baja California peninsula such a unique destination. Snorkel above the reefs of Cabo Pulmo National Park and see why this special place is seen as one of the world’s success story for marine conservation. Afterwards, visit La Paz, the state capital and jumping off point to Espiritu Santo Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to clear turquoise water, multitudes of fish species, and resident sea lions. The marine life, land and seascapes will amaze you.
$650 per person
Private departures available year round
Arrive to Los Cabos, gateway to the Baja California peninsula, where your private driver will be waiting outside the terminal exit. Leaving San José del Cabo, you will head north along the foot of the sierras, arriving to Cabo Pulmo National Park (1.5hrs). After settling in to your accommodations in this quaint little coastal community, take a stroll along the secluded beach at sunset… and relax. (D)
Today we will head up into the mountainous Sierra La Laguna in search of the vernal pools and waterfalls that make this Biosphere Reserve a lush island in the desert, and home to the only oak and pine forests in the region. Your guide will lead you up through the canyons, where you will take in spectacular views, and cool off in the spring-fed, freshwater pools. We will get a glimpse at the ranchero culture that has survived over centuries and in the late afternoon before heading back to Cabo Pulmo. (L)
No visit to Baja California Sur is complete without experiencing the magic of Cabo Pulmo National Park. Home to the northernmost coral reef in the Eastern Pacific, Cabo Pulmo is recognized as a model for successful marine resource management. and home to multitudes of marine species Visitors to Cabo Pulmo are continually amazed by the quantity and diversity of marine life. Put on a snorkel and see it for yourself! After lunch we will head north to La Paz, the historic capital of the Californias, tranquil, scenic, and a great town to get to know on foot. After checking into your hotel, you can experience La Paz through a local’s eyes, and your stomach! During our walking tour we will top by cultural and architectural sites of interest, learn about the history of the town, meet some of its people, and along the way stop to try many of the local delicacies. (L)
Your guide will pick you up at your hotel early in the morning, and transport you to the marina. After boarding the boat, our guides will give you a small briefing about the trip as we head out from the Bay of La Paz. After roughly 1.5 hours, we arrive at the sea lion colony for our first stop. You’ll have plenty of time to swim, snorkel and interact with the playful sea lions in the company of your guide. We then climb back on board to navigate around the island in search of a pristine beach where our hosts await with a scrumptious meal of fresh seafood (special needs and dietary restrictions will be taken into account). On the beach, guides will give a talk about the natural history of the island, plants and mangroves, and you’ll be able to ask all the questions you like. Relax, swim or take a nature hike before happy hour. We’ll share our most memorable moments before starting the trip back to La Paz, arriving around 5 p.m. Tonight you can discover on your own one of the fantastic restaurants of La Paz. (B,L)
Whale sharks are the true “gentle giants” of the oceans. The largest fish on the planet, these gentle beasts return yearly to the coast just off La Paz. 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 lucky and feeling adventurous, grab your snorkel and mask and, accompanied by your guide, get in the water to see the whale sharks up close. The trip continues to Balandra Beach, a natural protected area and home to pristine beaches, mangroves, and stunning scenery. Here we’ll have a tasty lunch (dietary restrictions taken into account), explore the nature trails, snorkel in the crystal water and relax and unwind before heading back to La Paz. La Paz is unique as a whale shark destination for its proximity to the observation zone and efforts undertaken by tour operators, regulatory agencies and civil society to responsibly manage this extraordinary experience. During peak holidays when boat activity increases, we may flip the itinerary and explore Balandra Bay and the surrounding area before entering into the whale shark observation zone. We return to La Paz in the late afternoon.
Enjoy a relaxed morning, after breakfast you will be transferred to the airport to catch the flight back home. (B,L)
Included: Round trip ground transportation for whale watching; all meals and beverages as specified in itinerary; bilingual naturalist guide with WFR certification; double occupancy lodging; all park entrance fees; 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
$650 per person
Private departures available year round
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.
Please contact us regarding your specific itinerary.
Almost an Island by Bruce Berger will transport you to the Baja California Peninsula
Log of the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Oasis of Stone, a coffee table book with pictures by Miguel Ángel de la Cueva and text by Bruce Berger
An Expeditionto the Guaycura nation of the Californias, James Arraj, available online at:
While cellular service is widely available throughout the Baja California Sur, some destinations on your itinerary may not have cellular service. Please check with your cellular provider to verify if your phone and plan will work in Mexico.
La Paz has a great and growing food scene that ranges from street food to high-end fusion cuisine. Once you have purchased a trip, feel free to contact us for recommendations.
All travelers must comply with communicated protocols and regulations regarding activities within natural protected areas and interactions with wildlife. We reserve the right to terminate services for travelers not complying with regulations regarding wildlife and natural protected areas.
Tipping guide: How much gratuity do you recommend for the following staff:
Tips are very important to staff working in the tourism industries. While RED prides itself on paying staff competitive wages with benefits, others in the industry earn very low wages.
Tourism work is very seasonal. Tips make up an important part of income for anyone involved in the tourism industry in Mexico. Tips are always optional, but we encourage our travelers to tip generously when they are deserved. The below is a guideline for day trips. For multi-day
itineraries, we will provide more information.
12% and up. We recommend you tip as you would back home.
Porter at hotels:
10-20 pesos per bag
Cleaning staff at hotels:
50-100 pesos per night
Tips for drivers are not required but definitely appreciated.
50-100 pesos per transfer or per day
Guides and boat captains
300-1000 pesos per guide/boat captain is a standard range. RED guides and boat captains split tips evenly.
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We will make all efforts to adhere to the itinerary described on this website and in your travel packet, but we may modify the itinerary due to wind, weather, and other factors. The safety and enjoyment of our travelers are our top priorities. Please see our terms and conditions for more information. We do not guarantee wildlife sightings, interaction or behavior. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
Illegal drug use is prohibited on RED trips. Marijuana is illegal in Mexico. Depending on your itinerary, alcohol may be provided in moderation during your trip. RED guides and staff are instructed to withhold alcohol from guests appearing inebriated. Abusive behavior is never acceptable. Abuse of RED staff or 3rd party providers may result in termination of your trip.
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Mexico uses 120V/60Hz 15A polarized power. The socket type can be “A” (2 pin, ungrounded) or “B” (three pin, grounded).
Experiencing new tastes is an important part of traveling. Our pre-trip information forms request that you provide us with any dietary restrictions or preferences so that we can take them into account during your visit.
Some of our itineraries operate in relatively remote areas, more than one hour from a major hospital. Please take this into account when assessing your ability to participate in one of our trips, and when filling out your personal information form. While our guides and staff are trained in advanced first aid, they are legally prohibited from administering medication.
We highly recommend all travelers purchase travelers insurance.
Please refer to your trip information packet for 24 hour emergency contact information.
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Our office phone is +52.612.122.6057
There are three international airports in the state of Baja California Sur:
Los Cabos International Airport (SJD)
La Paz International Airport (LAP)
Loreto International Airport (LTO)
RED operates a range of light adventures available in the itineraries included on this website and our brochures. Adventure travel activities, particularly water-based activities, inherently include a level of danger and excitement. RED provides trained guides to enhance the enjoyment factor while encouraging safe practices. Passengers are expected to follow guides instructions at all times and take particular care during any water based activities.
The downtown area of La Paz is generally safe during both day and night, but visitors are encouraged to exercise good judgement, and take precautions including traveling by licensed taxi, and walking accompanied. Uniformed tourist police are distributed throughout the downtown area and are trained to assist travelers.
Demonstrations and Protests – Demonstrations and protests do not form any part of RED itineraries. Passengers are discouraged from participating in protests and demonstrations while in Mexico as their participation may be illegal, as well as unsafe. If you find yourself in or near a protest or demonstration we recommend you leave.
Payment terms for single tour shared departures
Deposits and payment of balance
Refund policy for cancellation by passenger for single tour shared departures
Payment terms for private and multi-day departures
Deposits and payment of balance
Refund policy for cancellation by passenger for private and multi-day departures
Itinerary changes and cancellations made by RED Travel México
Adventure travel is dependent upon many factors including but not limited to weather and environmental factors. In the case that RED is unable to operate the planned itinerary due to wind, climatological conditions, force majeure or factors out of RED’s control, we will modify the itinerary and provide no refund. If RED is unable to operate the itinerary due to mechanical, staffing or other, internal operational factors which we cannot resolve in a reasonable window of time, we will provide a full refund.
Inclusions and Exclusions
Please refer to your specific itinerary or trip packet for what is included in your trip.
Accommodations are double occupancy unless otherwise noted in your itinerary/trip packet. We are happy to provide single occupancy accommodations by request, based on availability and payment of fee to be defined on a case by case basis.
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$650 per person
Private departures available year round