Wildlife of Baja California

Mexico City, La Paz, Loreto, Todos Santos & Los Cabos

From $8900 per person in low season
From $8900 per person in high season

based on 12 nights & selected experiences

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Price includes:

  • Internal flights

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Selected experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

Based on 2 people sharing.

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At a Glance

  • Observe all of Baja's great 'whales' including blue whales, grey whales, humpback whales and whale sharks

  • Includes a seven-night whale expedition with private bilingual naturalist National Geographic qualified guide

  • Explore the Espiritu Santo Islands and snorkel with playful sea lions

  • Combine charming local "posadas" with luxury hotels in Mexico City and Los Cabos

  • Completely relax with some beach time at the end or make the most of the amazing adventures on your doorstep in Los Cabos

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Mexico City rarely gets too hot therefore can be enjoyed at any time of year. The hotter months of May and June, and the rainy season (June-September), when the capital experiences a downpour most afternoons may want to be avoided.

In order to see the Blue Whale, Gray Whale, Whale Shark and Humpback Whale in this one incredible whale watching itinerary the ideal time for travel is January to March. In order to experience the playful Gray Whale calves who will come right up to your boat in the Bay of Magdalena the best months to visit are January and February.

Humpbacks whales have a longer season of November to April, as do Whale Sharks who can be spotted between August to March. It is possible for the expedition to be made taking in the cultural sites such as crumbling Spanish missions and rock art in Loreto instead of the Blue and Gray Whales if restricted to November and December travel.

Baja California is a rare destination that offers a great getaway year long. Peak time for travel is when weather is temperate in the low 20ºc range and whale watching opportunities are at their best (late-November to April). This also includes the festive vacation and New Year period. Cool temperatures are ideal for desert adventures and hiking and boating for wildlife viewing and island exploration. Summer (April to September) can be hot and humid but the beaches are less crowded. Summer waters are ideal for snorkeling and diving. Hurricanes are much less common than in the Caribbean, but it is something to be aware of for September and October travel which is considered low season. Baja is blessed with two marine life rich oceans; the Sea of Cortez to the east has a warmer sea temperature than the more exposed than the Pacific Ocean to the west. In the summer, the breeze coming from the Pacific is a blessing.

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Insider's View

Swimming with whale sharks is a real once-in-a-lifetime type experience - Be sure to wear your fins as these gentle giants are deceptively fast!

The itinerary can be adapted to fly from La Paz to Loreto if a 4-hour drive is not for you!

Add on surfing in Todos Santos or in Los Cabos to make the most of the dramatic Pacific waves.

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation.

Itinerary

Reward yourself with up-close wildlife encounters in the Sea of Cortez, interacting with sea lion colonies and a variety of whale species which migrate to these waters before unwinding in Los Cabos, a glittering playground for Hollywood's elite and an adventurer's paradise.

  1. Fly to Mexico City

  2. Days 1-4: Mexico City

    Begin your journey in Mexico City, the dynamic and fascinating capital of Mexico and spend the next few days enjoying the sights, smells and tastes of the city's magnificent markets, delving deep into the history of the main square and sampling gourmet chocolates. A private guide will take you to explore the city’s historic center, with an additional tour to the southern neighborhoods. Here you can pay a visit to the iconic blue house of artist Frida Kahlo for an introduction to some of Mexico's most important figureheads and delve into the dramas of their tumultuous relationships.

    Accommodation: Las Alcobas (3 nights)

  3. Days 4-11: Baja California

    Fly to La Paz on the Baja California peninsula, where you will find magical oasis towns, abundant wildlife and azure waters, home to hundreds of playful sea lions, a variety of whale species and some of the country's most luxurious resorts. Upon arrival you will be met by your naturalist guide, ready for the scenic drive to Loreto and the beginning of your week-long adventure, uncovering the history of the crumbling Spanish missions, marvelling at breathtaking desert scenery and the most startlingly-blue waters and encountering the region's impressive array of wildlife. Your National Geographic qualified guide will bring everything to life; the geology, the flora and the history, as well as demonstrating his passion for the whales and other creatures which call the peninsula home. Spend your time snorkeling with sea lions and whale sharks, observing blue whales and encountering grey whales. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, blue footed boobies, manta rays and sea turtles too!

    Accommodation: Whales of Baja - 7-night Land & Sea Expedition (7 nights)

  4. Days 11-13: Baja California

    The whale expedition will end in Los Cabos where you will substitute charming Mexican-style posadas for one of the region’s many luxurious hotels. Let the relentless Pacific waves lull you to sleep as you lounge by one of the pools or alternatively embark on the many desert adventures on offer here. Zoom along zip lines, speed across dunes on ATVs and even try a camel safari. The night sky in Baja California is exceptionally clear and it is well worth organising a stargazing excursion to make the most of this beautifully romantic setting. Having experienced the absolute best that Baja has to offer it's time to fly home.

    Accommodation: Hotel El Ganzo (2 nights)

  5. Fly Home

Experiences

  • Birdwatching at the San Jose Estuary

    Home to more than 100 bird species, the San Jose Estuary has plenty to offer budding ornithologists. Explore the 125 acres of protected area, binoculars in tow to make the most of this fantastic wildlife experience.

  • Chapultepec Park, Castle & Museums

    The perfect escape from Mexico City's urban sprawl, Chapultepec Park is vast, with winding pathways, picturesque lakes and an impressive castle which dominates Chapultepec Hill. Numerous museums sit within the park and offer plenty to explore.

  • Day 1 - Loreto & San Javier - Whales of Baja Expedition

    Your expedition begins in the pretty town of Loreto, where you'll meet your naturalist guide who will accompany you for the next week. In the afternoon, get off-the-beaten-track exploring Mission of San Javier.

  • Day 2 - Blue Whales - Whales of Baja Expedition

    The next morning will begin with the first whale watching expedition as you board your boat from Loreto Harbour to venture out to the Coronado Islands in search of the largest living mammal on earth, the Blue Whale.

  • Day 3 - Blue Whales - Whales of Baja Expedition

    Spend a second day exploring the Loreto marine park in the Sea of Cortez, again going in search of blue whales and an array of other marine life including manta rays and dolphins.

  • Day 4 - Gray Whales - Whales of Baja Expedition

    Today wake early to get on the desert road to drive to the Bay of Magdalena for an unforgettable encounter with Gray Whales and their adolescent calves. They have made the longest migration of any mammal on earth to breed here of over 20,000 km!

  • Day 5 - Whale Sharks - Whales of Baja Expedition

    Few marine areas in the world can compare with the richness of life found in the Espiritu Santo Islands just off the coast of La Paz. Akin to a Galapagos experience, your full day trip out to the islands will be a highlight of the expedition!

  • Day 6 - Historical Todos Santos - Whales of Baja Expedition

    From La Paz, journey an hour south to experience the 'magical town' of Todos Santos like a local. Your guide will introduce you to the history of this celebrated town, rich in art and music. A foodie town, there's no shortage of wonderful places to dine.

  • Day 7 - Todos Santos - Whales of Baja Expedition

    Today your guide will take you on a historical tour of Todos Santos, an authentic enclave rich in Mexican history and culture.

  • Frida Kahlo Museum

    Iconic artist Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul is a highlight of any Mexico City visit, and her lovely house is filled with art, crafts and mementos of her stormy relationship with husband Diego Rivera and the leftist intellectual circle they entertained here.

  • Full-day Private Yacht Charter in Los Cabos

    Cruise around the Los Cabos coastline on your own luxury private yacht charter, allowing you be as relaxed or as active as you like. This full-day charter includes all meals, drinks and activities.

  • Los Cabos ATV adventure

    Thrill-seekers will love this ATV adventure across the Migriño sand dunes, speeding through desert scenery with the Pacific waves crashing alongside you. Experience lasts for approximately 3 hours.

  • Mexico City History of Chocolate

    History and food are two huge highlights of a visit to Mexico; combine both on this tour, exploring the highlights of Mexico City's historical center before learning of the heritage of two of Mexico's most celebrated foods, mole and chocolate.

  • Mexico City's Markets

    An intrinsic part of daily life in Mexico, the city's markets are vibrant and dynamic, brimming with colorful foods, fresh spices, handcrafted piñatas, wrestling masks and flowers galore. Take in the bohemian Roma district and its lively local market.

  • Outback and camel safari Los Cabos

    Take to the beach on the One&Only's well-trained camels and explore the rugged Pacific coastline on this private experience, taking you to unspoiled ranches and along the water's edge.

  • Private Whale Shark Researcher Experience

    Join some of the top researchers in Mexico to learn about the giant yet gentle whale sharks that frequent the waters of the Sea of Cortez from December to April.

  • San Jose del Cabo Art Walk

    Wind your way through the colorful back streets of San Jose del Cabo as galleries open their doors to tourists and art lovers for a fantastic cultural extravaganza. Grab a glass of local wine as you stroll and admire works by renowned local artists.

  • Stargazing Los Cabos

    With little light pollution and ink black skies, Los Cabos is a great destination for stargazing. Allow yourself to be dazzled by the star-filled night as expert guides help to point out the constellations and tell stories of the history of the stars.

  • Turtle release experience in Los Cabos

    Get involved with the conservation efforts to preserve the sea turtle species in Los Cabos; learn about the habitats and about the turtles themselves before assisting with their release into the waters to ensure they reach safety.

  • Ziplining Los Cabos

    Soar over Baja California on this exhilarating zip lining adventure, reaching speeds of up to 60mph. Feel your heart pounding as you zoom from verdant lands to stark desert in this beautiful protected part of Los Cabos.

Location

Mexico City, La Paz, Loreto, Todos Santos & Los Cabos

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