Note: the following is an outline of the itinerary and activities, RED may modify the itinerary based on wind, weather and other conditions to ensure the safety, comfort and enjoyment of our guests
Day 1 – La Paz to Magdalena Bay
Depart from La Paz early in the morning en route 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. We’ll stop for a hot cup of coffee en route at one of our favorite local ranchos before arriving at our entry point to the bay. We’ll make our way through the mangroves and out into Almejas Bay, looking for gray whales along the way before arriving at our secluded research camp, nestled between the dunes and mangroves. During dinner we will learn about the important sea turtle restoration project which will be the focus of tomorrow’s activities and how we can participate in data collection. Get a good night’s rest, tomorrow we search for turtles.
Day 2 – Gray Whales and Sea Turtle Monitoring
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. After breakfast we will head out towards the mouth of the bay where the whales congregate having made 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 of mammal! After spending time observing these magnificent creatures, we will join the sea turtle monitoring team at a nearby beach. You will have the chance to accompany the monitoring team in pangas to check the nets for turtles. Captured sea turtles will be brought to shore, so that we can assist with taking measurements and other important data before releasing them back into the wild. Throughout the day you’ll have the chance to ask all of your questions about sea turtles.
Day 3 – Mangrove exploration
Today you’ll have the chance to explore the natural surroundings of Magdalena and Almejas bays, including the surrounding barrier islands, giant sand dunes, and mangrove canals. Take one of the kayaks out into the mangroves to spot birds. Back at camp, curious chefs can head to the kitchen for a regional cuisine cooking class. Learn artisanal fishing techniques from one of the local fishermen, or take a walk on the secluded beach, relax, and get lost in a book. Enjoy a night by the fire, watching the stars in a night sky that never disappoints.
Day 4 – 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 depart camp. We’ll have a picnic lunch on a secluded barrier island, before boarding the van waiting to take us back to La Paz where the journey concludes.
- 2 gray whale watching expeditions
- Sea turtle monitoring
- Ground transportation from La Paz to Magdalena Bay and back
- All meals (from lunch of day 1 through lunch of day 4)
- Drinks including wine and beer
- High-end camping accommodations with mattresses and linens.
- Taxes &insurance
|Feb 16 – 19||Space available|
|Feb 19 – 22||Fully booked|
|Feb 26 – 28||Fully booked|
|Feb 28 – March 4||Fully booked|
|March 8 – 11||Space available|
|March 11 – 13||Fully booked|
|March 14 – 17||Minimum 4|
|March 24 – 31||Minimum 4|
Inquire for group travel during dates not listed.
Reducing our footprint
RED’s zero-waste goal for trips to Espíritu Santo minimizes our environmental impact. Lunch and snacks are sourced from local providers focusing on fresh versus packaged. Recyclables are separated onsite and transferred to a processing facility and all organic waste is composted onsite.
Sponsoring Grupo Tortuguero sea turtle monitoring
RED works closely with Grupo Tortuguero de las Californias to ensure the sea turtle monitoring is performed in Magdalena Bay, collaborating in new fishermen recruiting, training and funding the sea turtle monitoring in the area.
Traveling Roots – Raising awareness wit local youth
We can’t appreciate what we haven’t experienced. RED provides scholarships to underserved local youth to visit RED’s sea turtle research camp and learn about the importance of protecting our natural treasures
What our clients say
The most amazing day!
We would definitely do this again and highly recommend Red Travel Mexico. Overall, a once in a lifetime experience!
What a cheerful, energetic, committed group!”
Red managed to exceed our high expectations. Red will let you experience all this part of Mexico has to offer through the eyes of local specialists