Wildlife of Baja California

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

From £7600 per person in low season
From £8100 per person in high season

based on 12 nights inc. flights & selected experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • International economy flights and taxes from the UK

  • 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 holiday 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 snorkelling 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 020 3993 9308 to start planning your holiday.

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 centre, with an additional tour to the southern neighbourhoods. 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 snorkelling 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: Los Cabos, Mexico

    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

  • 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.

  • Mexico City's historic centre

    With a rich and diverse history, Mexico City's centre offers a perfect introduction to the empires of the Aztecs and the Mayans as you explore the vibrant Zocalo and its surrounding palaces, museums and cathedrals.

  • Mexico City's Southern Neighbourhoods

    Iconic artist Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul is a highlight of any Mexico City visit. Spend time here while visiting Coyoacan and San Angel, charming neighbourhoods of cobbled streets, leafy squares and bustling markets.

Location

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

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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 020 3993 9308 to start planning your holiday.

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