Baja Whale Watching
Baja Whale Watching 2015 Departures (14 Days):
Round Trip from San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego:
- Sat, Feb 21 - Sat, Mar 7
For more Whale Watching opportunities, check out our Baja Beach Daze tour!
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Baja Whale Watching - 14 Days
For lovers of Baja and the Green Tortoise alike, this once-a-year trip combines all the highlights of our 9- and 14-day trips plus Bahia Magdalena and Ojo de Liebre for mind-blowing whale watching! Come eye to eye and hand to fin with the immense yet gentle gray whale. Extra time in Mulege for a side trip to Baja's best cave paintings adds a final twist to this expedition. This trip promises to be an unrivaled encounter with nature and humanity that will resonate for years to come.
Our affordable Baja camping holiday departs San Francisco on Friday night, with brief stops in Los Angeles and San Diego. Once south of the border the next day, you can sample fish tacos, visit steam baths, and celebrate with fresh lime margaritas at Hussong's Cantina in Ensenada. Kick back on the adventure bus with your new friends and take in the cactus-coated landscape as the Tortoise travels through northern Baja. Wake up to a fresh continental breakfast in the stark desert of central Baja.
We'll watch whales at Ojo de Liebre before dining under the stars by a freshwater lagoon near San Ignacio. Take a dip in the fantastic swimming hole, or visit the sleepy town square and the beautiful Mission San Ignacio. Our final night drive brings us to Playa Escondida, our hidden, private beach camp where the Sierra Gigante meets the Sea of Cortez.
By night, you can camp right on the beach in your own tent or under the stars; by day, numerous activities await you! A short hiking trek will take you through the narrow slot canyons for panoramic views of our beach and surrounding islands. The snorkeling here is some of the best in all of Mexico and should not be missed — bring your mask and snorkel!
A two-hour hike from camp brings you to tidal hot springs nestled in an azure cove. Other optional activities include a coastline boat trip to a small fishing village, sea kayaking to offshore islands, or a mule ride into the surrounding mountains. To wrap up our stay in the area, we enjoy an authentically prepared Mexican meal at Rancho San Cosme.
Next we head for the excitement of city life in La Paz, the capital of Baja Sur. Spend the day on the water with local guides and swim with the ocean's largest fish, the docile whale shark, snorkel or scuba dive with playful sea lions, or go deep sea fishing. Later, enjoy a fresh lobster dinner, shop for Mexican arts and crafts, and dance the night away in a salsa club! We spend the next couple of days camping at Cabo Pulmo, a marine preserve with an untouched coral reef near the southern tip of Baja. Relax in the sun, stroll the beach for seashells, book a fishing trip or go diving before we travel northward.
Cross the Tropic of Cancer and check out the original Hotel California in the sleepy artist community of Todos Santos. Admire the postcard view of Bahia Concepcion while we enjoy brunch. Stroll to Mission Santa Rosa from our dinner stop in the oasis town of Mulege and watch the sun set over the palm-saturated river.
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