Baja Kayak and Whale Adventure

About the Experience

This beginner-friendly Baja kayaking adventure in Mexico is a thrilling multi-sport adventure that includes one of the most spectacular sea-kayaking trips in North America – known as the “Galapagos of Mexico” for its diverse marine ecology.

Intrepid explorers and nature lovers Baja bound will find a slice of paradise in Mexico’s 775-mile-long Baja Peninsula. You’ll feel wild and untamed as you paddle a sea kayak off Baja’s remote Isla Espiritu Santo, and quickly find out how easy it is to escape the ordinary by immersing yourself in this island’s vibrant natural panorama.

A gentle sea swell ushers your boat along the base of volcanic cliffs and into quiet, beach-lined coves. Schools of tropical fish swim beneath your bow. Frigate birds soar like flying dinosaurs high overhead. And on rocky sanctuaries just offshore, sea lion colonies and bird rookeries make their calls to the wild. Best of all: fleeting glimpses of dolphins and even breaching whales breaking the silky horizon of the Sea of Cortez.

Our Wild Women Baja kayaking adventure begins with two nights of canyon camping under a star-studded sky next to warm and welcoming natural hot springs wrapped in striking colours. This journey will take you to La Paz with its old-world beauty and charm, where you will enjoy days of voyaging around the coast of Espiritu Santo Island where life is teeming beneath the water and around you as you kayak. 

You’ll get back to nature as your paddle transports you to hidden lagoons, spectacular bays, and sea caves. You’ll take to the sea to snorkel with sea lion pups, bathe in the glorious Baja sun, watch manta rays leap from the water, and visit the curious gray whales of Magdelena Bay. 

 

 

 

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Baja Kayak and Whale Adventure

About the Experience

This beginner-friendly Baja kayaking adventure in Mexico is a thrilling multi-sport adventure that includes one of the most spectacular sea-kayaking trips in North America – known as the “Galapagos of Mexico” for its diverse marine ecology.

Intrepid explorers and nature lovers Baja bound will find a slice of paradise in Mexico’s 775-mile-long Baja Peninsula. You’ll feel wild and untamed as you paddle a sea kayak off Baja’s remote Isla Espiritu Santo, and quickly find out how easy it is to escape the ordinary by immersing yourself in this island’s vibrant natural panorama.

A gentle sea swell ushers your boat along the base of volcanic cliffs and into quiet, beach-lined coves. Schools of tropical fish swim beneath your bow. Frigate birds soar like flying dinosaurs high overhead. And on rocky sanctuaries just offshore, sea lion colonies and bird rookeries make their calls to the wild. Best of all: fleeting glimpses of dolphins and even breaching whales breaking the silky horizon of the Sea of Cortez.

Our Wild Women Baja kayaking adventure begins with two nights of canyon camping under a star-studded sky next to warm and welcoming natural hot springs wrapped in striking colours. This journey will take you to La Paz with its old-world beauty and charm, where you will enjoy days of voyaging around the coast of Espiritu Santo Island where life is teeming beneath the water and around you as you kayak. 

You’ll get back to nature as your paddle transports you to hidden lagoons, spectacular bays, and sea caves. You’ll take to the sea to snorkel with sea lion pups, bathe in the glorious Baja sun, watch manta rays leap from the water, and visit the curious gray whales of Magdelena Bay. 

 

 

 

DAY ONE: ARRIVAL

Today you will rendezvous with your Wild group in San Jose Del Cabo. We’ll swap stories and laughs over the course of our ground transfer to Santiago (1.5 hours).  In Santiago,  we will meet our energetic local Baja guide who will lead us to our remote campsite in a protected canyon. Bonus? The campsite is located close to a steamy natural hot spring – it’s the perfect place to stretch out and soothe tight hamstrings after a long day of travelling. Following a reviving soak and filling al fresco dinner, we will take in the star-studded night sky before crawling into our tents.

Note: Please arrive at Los Cabos (SJD) airport by 1pm to ensure that you get through customs and retrieve your luggage in time for the group pickup at 2pm. If you decide to arrive a day early, you can shuttled from a local hotel at 1pm before the group airport pickup at 2 pm.

 

 

DAY TWO: HOT SPRINGS

Today we will have an endless day to explore the depths of Santa Rita canyon. We will hike and climb our way up this spectacular canyon, taking full advantage of the deep pockets of freshwater rock pools that we can dip in. There will be plenty of time to bask in the warm embrace of the Baja sun! At day’s end, we will return to our campsite and indulge in another soak in the natural hot springs.

 

DAY THREE: LA PAZ

Do you sense a routine here? Rinse, lather, repeat? We’ll spend time in the hot springs this morning before packing up and transfering to La Paz (2.5 hours). En route, we’ll stop in the village of San Bartolo for filling handmade tamales and burritos. Are you a member of Team Cilantro? Love it or loathe it, these tamales and burritos are the real deal!

We will check into your hotel in La Paz and then walk along the sea promenade to absorb the knock-ou bay views of this sweet seaside town. Tonight we will experience all the typical, seductive flavours of Mexico in an authentic local restaurant.

 

DAY FOUR: ISLAND ADVENTURE

After an early breakfast, we will motor out in a boat shuttle to a sacred UNESCO World Heritage Site, Espiritu Santo Island National Park.  The Island was designated as a UNESCO site in 2005 and was deemed a national park in 2007. The biodiversity is sensational with 98 bird species, 32 registered reptiles and 16 endemic flora and fauna species. Above and below the surface, Espiritu Santo is vibrating with life and sound.

We will begin our island adventure with one of the trip’s unmatched highlights: a face-to-face snorkeling experience with playful sea lion pups! This intimate encounter with the amazing underwater acrobats is truly unique. The pups are curious and puppy-like in every way!

Tonight we will camp on Ensenada Grande beach campsite. Following a royal feast of I-want-the-recipe Mexican corn tamales, we will have a tutorial on beach camping do’s and don’ts, port-a-potty training and a sea kayak orientation. 

 

DAY FIVE TO SIX: ESPIRITU ISLAND

Yawn and stretch as you awake from the serene splendour of camping in the shelter of a protected desert island. Over the next two days, we will be exploring, camping and snorkeling the coast of Espiritu by human power alone: sea kayak! This mini kayaking expedition offers countless opportunities for up close and personal wildlife sightings above and below our kayaks. We’ll have no motorboat support so this is an off-grid, self-reliant adventure.

Our camping sites may include Candelero, Coralito Bay or Dispensa Beach, the location of an intricate mangrove ecosystem. Our destination will depend on sea conditions and Mother Nature’s wind machine.

Before we slide out into the indigo sea, we will learn how to efficiently pack our sea-kayaks. It will then become a group task each day to load all the expedition gear into the kayaks before paddling to our next camping beach. 

 

DAY SEVEN: HEADING TO THE PACIFIC COAST

This is our last morning on Espiritu (sigh) before we pack up for the next bold adventure. Climbing aboard a panga, we will head back to La Paz for a quick shower to wash the sand and sun from our skin. There will be time to grab a sandwich before a relaxing 3.5 hour drive to the scenic shores of Baja on the Pacific Coast.

Tonight we will stay in Lopez Mateos, a twee fishing village within Magdalena Bay, the natural sanctuary of gray whales who breed and calve here.

DAY EIGHT: WATCH THE MAJESTIC GRAY WHALES

This is the culmination of a supernatural week! The anticipation of being in the presence of 49-foot (15m) 40-ton (80,000lbs) whales and their calves is the finger-crossed hope of our 3-hour boat ride today. Their curiosity is as great as ours and the whales will often swim parallel to our tiny vessels for a closer look.

Following a decadent lunch filled with whale tales chatter at a local restaurant in Lopez Mateos, we will return to La Paz. We’ll gather for our final dinner together and the conversation is always colourful, candid and full of cherished reflections.

 

DAY NINE: DEPARTURES

Breakfast will be at our hotel and we’ll turbo charge our day with extra cups of coffee before taking a group taxi directly to Los Cabos airport. We’ll arrive at the airport at noon so flights should not be booked before 3pm.

Before departure, be sure to figure out the answer to the burning question with your fellow Wild Women: Where next?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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