4-16 People
Group Size

Activities: Whale watching, kayaking in mangrove estuaries, bird watching, hiking, farm to table cuisine, artisan cheese and wine tasting.
Duration: 9 days, 8 nights: 3 nights camping Magdalena Bay and 2 nights Eco-Ranch safari camp, 3 nights hotel
Begins in La Paz and ends in La Paz
Number of guides/crew: 2-6
Group Size: Minimum 4, Maximum 16
Minimum age: 5 – This is a generalization of age appropriateness for this trip, but please note we make exceptions depending upon your child’s personal experience.
Single supplement fee: $250 single hotel and canvas walk-in tent – Limit 2 per trip.* Shared hotel and single canvas walk-in tent $125 / shared hotel and single small crawl in tent $50 / Single hotel and single crawl-in tent $200.
Approximate kayaking distances per day: 2 miles

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Combine extraordinary gray whale watching encounters on the remote shores of Magdalena Bay with hiking and farm to table cuisine at the secluded eco-ranch of Rancho Cacachilas set deep in the desert sierra.

This trip starts off by traveling to the Pacific Coast and remote shores of Magdalena Bay. The gray whales migrate here to court, mate, give birth and frolic in these protected waters, often just in front of your bay view tent!

Upon arrival we will settle into our luxury bayside beach camp, complete with walk-in tents, cots, pads and pillows for some “glamping”. Our spectacular camp setting is ideal for watching whales as they frolic in the bay. For close encounters of this magnificent mammal we have the opportunity to board motorized boats twice daily and take a short ride into the bay where whales abound. These boats are skillfully and sensitively operated by local boatmen who have many years of experience working with our guests.

Other activities from camp include exploring the spectacular wind sculptured dunes and remote Pacific Coast with its pounding surf or guided kayaking excursions into the extensive mangrove estuaries teaming with bird life. In the evening our naturalist guides present slide shows on the local flora and fauna with a special focus on gray whale natural history and behavior.

From Magdalena Bay we return to La Paz for a night at our hotel to shower and enjoy some fine dining. Our next adventure takes us to an eco-ranch where their own goats, chickens and gardens provide a plethora of fresh, locally prepared foods. Activities on this private ranch include hiking through a mountainous seaside desert environment combined with culinary exploration such as sampling hand crafted artisan cheeses paired with fines wines. Camp is comprised of large walk-in canvas tents placed in beautifully secluded locations, some with views of the beautiful blue Sea of Cortez. The night sky from this remote mountain desert is simply breath taking.

After hiking and dining at the ranch for a couple days you’ll head back to La Paz for a lovely evening exploring this vibrant seaside town.

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit a couple of Baja’s most wild places and enjoy unique wildlife encounters while camping in comfort at our luxury safari camp accommodations.


Day 1

Arrive in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Check into our hotel the Posada LunaSol. Evening on your own to explore La Paz and dine at one of its many fine restaurants.

Day 2

Meet and greet breakfast at our poolside café with you guide and other passengers. Transfer by vans to Lopez Mateos on the shores of Magdalena Bay on the Pacific Coast of Baja (4 hours with stops). Enjoy lunch at the embarcadero then board the boat for a couple hours of whale watching on the way to our luxury beach camp on Santo Domingo Island. Settle into these beautiful bayside camp accommodations. Camp orientation, happy hour, dinner and evening naturalist slide presentation. B/L/D 

Day 3-4

Your choice of daily whale watching excursions for close encounters with the gray whales both morning and afternoon. Alternate activities include beachcombing, bird watching and/or kayaking in the nearby extensive mangrove estuaries.B/L/D

Day 5

Morning activities of your choice from whale camp. After lunch at camp depart by boat for Lopez Mateos (20 minutes) and return to La Paz by van arriving around 5pm. Evening on your own to enjoy La Paz’s lively Malecon and dine at one of the many fine restaurants. B/L

Day 6

Breakfast at our poolside cafe. Transfer by van to the remote ranch (45 minutes) of Rancho Cacachiles in the desert mountains outside of La Paz. Afternoon hiking and evening gastronomy tour featuring locally hand crafted artisan cheeses paired with fine wines. Settle into your secluded tent in the desert, star gazing talk. B/L/D 

Day 7

Start the day with a hearty breakfast at the outdoor dining room with spectacular views of the Sea of Cortez. Enjoy a full day of hiking on the ranch with a picnic lunch followed by a full dinner feast featuring local prepared foods from the ranch.B/L/D

Day 8

After breakfast hike from the camp to Aqua’s Calientes hot springs on the Sea of Cortez, enjoy lunch on the beach. Our van will pick you up here and transfer you back to La Paz where you can settle into our hotel and enjoy a relaxing afternoon enjoying this seaside town. B/L

Day 9

Travel day for getting to the airport to return home or continuing your trip in Baja. B

B/L/D indicates meals included with trip cost.
Although we do our best to adhere to the above itinerary, it is subject to change for reasons beyond our control including weather.

Tour Calendar for Whales & Desert Trails (9 days)

Tour DatesDescriptionRate
Jan 27 - Feb 4, 20188 nights
The 1st four people to book receive a $200 discount off their final balance
Feb 19 - Feb 27, 20188 nights

What's Included

La Paz airport/hotel transfers, 3 nights hotel accommodations and 5 nights luxury camp accommodations (3 at whale camp and 2 at the ranch camp) complete with walk-in tents, cots, pads and pillows based on double occupancy, all meals as noted on the itinerary, purified drinking water with powder drink mixes and an evening cocktail while at the island camp. Wine and beer are included while at the ranch camp as well as foam top mattresses on cots in the tent accommodations. Community camp equipment including kayaks and associated equipment, tents, motorized skiffs, captains, guides and crew/cooks.


What's Not Included

Airfare, meals on travel days to and from Baja, beer or soft drinks at the island camp (there will be an option to purchase these and we will provide coolers with ice for storing them at camp), personal gear such as sleeping bags, snorkel gear, wet suits (available for rent in Baja) and guide gratuities.