Day 1 – Arrival to Los Cabos and transfer to Cabo Pulmo
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.
Day 2 – Sierra La Laguna and ranchero culture
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)
Day 3 – Snorkeling and arrival to La Paz
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.
Day 4 – Espíritu Santo Island Getaway
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.
Optional – stay another day to snorkel with whale sharks and explore Balandra Beach (October through April)
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.
Day 5 – Transfer to airport
Enjoy a relaxed morning, after breakfast you will be transferred to the airport to catch the flight back home.
● Trip begins and ends at SJD International airport. Other pickup/dropoff points can be arranged.
● Itinerary can be modified, lengthened or shortened. Please contact us for details.
● All trips staffed by bilingual naturalist guide with Wilderness First Responder certification.
● Transportation on this trip includes private vehicle and outboard watercraft.
● 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.
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.
Private departures available year round.
- 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
- 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.
RED designs its operational model to include local residents, whether as microenterprises, or directly as individuals, helping to diversify incomes and provide training and skills building through RED’s capacity building programs.
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