Our journey begins at La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur, a hospitable town renowned for its fantastic sunsets. First we will go to the hotel to check in and then we will drive to the embarking point for snorkeling expedition with the whale sharks. Hotel overnight.
We will sail along the eastern side of the Espiritu Santo island to reach Los Islotes, two large rock islets, one of which is a natural arch. Diving through the centre of this natural rock formation brimming with life, one can expect to see dense shoals of silver sardines, blue and gold King Angel Fish and yellow surgeon fish, amongst golden cup corals. These islets are home to a colony of over 200 Californian Brown Sea lions. These inquisitive creatures take great interest in those visiting their home. One can often turn to find the pups pulling at your fins, eager to play, showing off and turning circles around our comparatively clumsy underwater movements. The larger bulls become pugnacious and territorial during the mating season in protection of their harem. On the way back, we will stop at the wonderful Ensenada Grande, for lunch on the beach and some relaxing. Hotel overnight.
Day 3 (273 km drive)
We will travel North, passing the agriculture fields of Ciudad Constitución and Insurgentes, to Puerto Lopez Mateos, a fishing village at the edge of Bahía Magdalena, our first whale watching base. Although the Gray Whale represents the main attraction in these waters, we will also sail to observe dolphins, sea lions, frigates, cormorants, pelicans, ospreys and herons, with additional opportunities to explore the majestic dunes of Isla Magdalena and hike for shells along the endless beaches. Hotel overnight.
Day 4 (310 km drive)
After breakfast, our route will follow now the path of the Baja 1000, the legendary off-road race that crosses the Peninsula from north to south. Between the treacherous mirages of the unbelievable Tide Flats, we will travel north, passing through San Juanico, up to to the mythic Laguna San Ignacio, our second base for the whale watching, where we will stay at a romantic camp, caressed by the breeze of the Pacific Ocean. Lunch and Dinner at the camp restaurant. Lodging in tent. .
Full board at the camp. Expert "lancheros", driving powerful boats, will enable us to enjoy unforgettable close encounters with gray whales. In the morning, third outing by boat in the waters of the Laguna, declared by the federal government "Natural shelter of the Gray Whales", where the big cetaceans, being very protected, are not afraid of man and very often approach the boats in order to be pet. Lodging in tent. (We have two whale watching boat trips at the Laguna San Ignacio, which will be scheduled according to the weather conditions).
Day 6 (208 km drive)
We will travel to San Ignacio, the first oasis of the zone, which host one of the most beautiful mission of the XVIII century. After a short visit to the Museum of the Cave Paintings, we will enter the Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve, the largest wildlife refuge in México, today partially improved and transformed into flourishing farming fields, thank to a Mexico-Israel project. We will leave the paved road in order to reach the southern shore of Laguna Ojo de Liebre and make our fourth boat excursion for the observation of the Gray Whale (this excursion is optional, to be paid on the spot). We will continue to Guerrero Negro and lodge at the hotel.
Today we will travel for few miles to the northern shore of Laguna Ojo de Libre for the fifth whale watching excursion. Snack on board. In the afternoon we might visit the extraordinary installations of the company Esportadora de Sal, the largest salt mine in the world. Back to the hotel for lodging.
Day 8 (416 km drive)
We will visit the Peninsular Proghorn Reserve and Breeding Center, which hosts four hundred Berrendo, a critically endangered anthelope species native to North America. We will travel south, passing Mulegé and its severe mission, on a river surrounded by thousands of palm trees, then we will parallel the enchanting Bahía Concepción and its marvelous lace of white, sandy coves, before to drive to Santa Rosalia, whose vestiges of a rich mining past will bring you back into time, while strolling in the picturesque streets of the old French colony. We finally will reach Loreto, the first capital of Californias, today a fast growing development, on the shore of the Sea of Cortez. Hotel overnight.
Day 9 (356 km drive)
We will have breakfast at the hotel and we will drive south, passing again the agricolture fields of Ciudad Constitución, before to get back to La Paz. Hotel overnight.
Departure from La Paz airport.
The programm may be adjusted according to the weather conditions.