Feb 18 – Arrival to La Paz
After arrival to either La Paz or Los Cabos airport you will head to your hotel. You will have the afternoon to explore downtown La Paz or relax. We will meet for dinner.
Feb 19 – 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. Breakfast will be provided en route at one of our favorite local ranchos. Settle into our secluded island camp 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.
Feb 20 – 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. 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. Throughout the day you’ll have the chance to get all your questions about sea turtles. After dinner, take in the stars in a night sky that never disappoints.
Feb 21 – Gray whale observation and mangrove exploration
Head down to the beach to finish measuring and weighing sea turtles before releasing them back into the wild, concluding the sea turtle monitoring portion of the trip. Today we will learn about the gray whales, their incredible migration, and the importance of Magdalena Bay for breeding and calving to these magnificent creatures. After a brief orientation, we will board the pangas and head out in search of 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. In the afternoon we explore the magic of the greater Magdalena Bay complex, it’s vast, rolling sand dunes and winding mangrove canals teeming with birdlife. Budding chefs can pop into the kitchen for a class on regional cuisine before dinner. Sit by the fire tonight and swap stories with your fisher guides and learn about the crucial role they play in conserving the natural resources of Magdalena Bay by combining tourism with conservation.
Feb 22 – Gray Whales to La Paz
In the morning, walk down to the beach to learn artisanal fishing techniques from local fishermen. 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 start back for La Paz where the journey concludes.
Feb 23 – Whale sharks and hidden beaches of Balandra Bay
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 at the pier and after a short ride we will arrive to the area where whale sharks come to feed. If you are lucky and feeling adventurous, grab your snorkel and mask and get in the water to see the whale sharks up close. The trip continues to Balandra Bay, 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.
Feb 24 – Espíritu Santo Island
We will meet at the RED office (other pickup options available) for the boat ride to this 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, our world-class nature guides 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.
Feb 25 – Departure
Today the adventure with RED comes to an end. Feel free to arrange transfer time to the airport at your convenience or contact us and we’ll help you arrange it. Also you can plan on extending your trip in La Paz or in another destination. Contact us for more information.
- 2 gray whale watching expeditions
- Sea turtle monitoring
- Ground transportation from La Paz to Magdalena Bay and back
- Regional gourmet cuisine (including wine and beer)
- High-end camping accommodations with mattresses and linens.
- Taxes & insurance
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