Day 1 – Arrival
Your driver will be waiting for you at Los Cabos International Airport 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 dinner. Rest up tomorrow your adventure begins! D
Day 2 –Espíritu Santo Island
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. B/L
Day 3 – 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 will stop at one of our favorite local ranchos for a snack and a hearty cup of cowboy coffee. Arriving to Magdalena Bay we will head out on the water for the short trip to our secluded island camp, searching for whales along the way. After happy hour, learn about the natural history of the region and the important sea turtle restoration project which will be the focus of tomorrow’s activities. We will learn about the monitoring protocol and how we can participate in the data collection. Get a good night’s rest, tomorrow we search for turtles. B/L/D
Day 4 – Gray Whale Observation and Sea Turtle Monitoring
After a good night’s rest wake up and enjoy a delicious breakfast at camp. Wake up early to watch the fishermen conservationists prepare their sea turtle monitoring nets. Today we will learn more about the gray whales, their incredible migration, and the importance of Magdalena Bay for breeding and calving to these magnificent creatures. We will head out in pangas (outboard skiffs) to look for gray whales. Friendly whales often approach the boats, and the mothers are known to push the young calves closer, which can make for an incredible interaction between two species. After lunch, we will have the chance to accompany the monitoring team to check the nets for turtles. Captured sea turtles will be brought back 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 and dunes that make Magdalena Bay so unique. Monitoring continues into the night. B/L/D
Day 5 – Sea Turtle Monitoring and Gray Whales
Head down to the beach to finish measuring and weighing sea turtles before releasing them back into the wild. After breakfast we will bid farewell to our hosts and head out once more in search of friendly gray whales. Make sure your camera is handy to capture images of these magnificent giants. After a picnic lunch on a secluded barrier island, we head back to the mainland where our driver will be waiting for us to return to La Paz. B/L
Day 6 – Todos Santos, Pueblo Mágico
After a relaxed morning, we will head to the town of Todos Santos located on the Pacific coast. Your naturalist guide will take you through the estuary to spot birds, and with luck we’ll be able to see humpback whales from the beach. We’ll continue with a guided walk around the quaint town and then you are on your own to enjoy its architecture, shops and fantastic restaurants before heading back to La Paz. B
Day 7 – Whale Sharks and La Paz Walking Tour
Your driver will pick you up at your hotel early in the morning, and transport you to the marina to try on your snorkeling gear and wetsuit. We will then head out on the water for the short trip to the whale shark observation zone. On the way out of the bay, your guide will brief you on whale shark ecology and regulations for snorkeling. You’ll have the chance to get in the water accompanied by your guide to snorkel alongside one of these marvelous creatures. During peak holidays when observation activity increases, we will explore the surrounding area by boat as we wait for our turn to see these incredible animals.
Back on land in time for lunch, we will explore La Paz, tranquil, scenic, and a great town to get to know on foot. During thewalking tour we will visit cultural and architectural sites of interest, learn about the history of La Paz, meet some ofits people, and along the way stop to try many of the local delicacies. We will also take in the Mi Ciudad mural project, a treat for theeyes with murals from local and regional artists on display around the city. B/L/D
Day 8 – 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
● 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.
● 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.
Notes on itinerary
We make all efforts to adhere to the itinerary described above, 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. All travelers must comply with communicated protocols and regulations regarding activities within natural protected areas and interactions with wildlife.
Inquire about other packages during Presidents Week
- Round trip ground transportation between SJD airport and La Paz
- 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 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
- Airline flights and any transportation not described in the itinerary
- Any meals and activities not described in the itinerary
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