What better way to spend a winter holiday than enjoying the wonders of Baja’s Sea of Cortez by Sea Kayak. Imagine yourself dining on a white sandy beach while gazing out at 6000ft mountains. Explore the uninhabited islands in the Sea of Cortez! You will discover biodiversity at its finest in this rich marine ecosystem in the Bahia de Loreto National Marine Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Jacques Cousteau described the Sea of Cortez as the “world’s aquarium” and the “Galapagos of North America”. Come join us, see for yourself!
Dolphins, Blue, humpback and fin whales, sea lions, orkas and numerous sea birds are just some of the wonders to be had. We ran our first Baja Classic Trip in 1997 and for the next 15 years ran multiple trips and different routes. We took a bit of a break from Baja for a few years, but have again decided to return this year with a fantastic 12day trip.
This expedition explores some of Baja’s finest coastal scenery between Loreto and La Paz in Baja California Sur. For 12 days we are overlooked by an enormous and spectacular mountain range, the Sierra de la Giganta; in many places as sheer cliffs hundreds of feet high, it plunges directly into the Gulf. Rust red volcanic rock formations provide intricate caves and arches to explore and canyon lands that beckon the intrepid. The beaches are extraordinarily beautiful with fine soft white sand and many have canyons behind which we can explore on foot.
This area has a very low amount of seafaring traffic but an amazing amount of marine activity. We can expect daily dolphin sightings, perhaps whales and pristine snorkeling areas. We nearly always indulge in fresh fish and lobster so feel free to bring your own fishing line and help catch dinner! There is a mid-expedition re-supply to replenish water and food supplies and to remove accumulated trash. Effectively 4.5 days of supplies is the most we carry in our kayaks.
(Note: this is a suggested itinerary only, conditions on each trip may vary)
• Day 0: Arrive in Loretto on March 17:
• Day 1: Introductions and trip briefing, food shopping. In the afternoon we will load the vans and drive 30 minutes south of Loreto to Ligue beach where we will camp for the night, allowing us to get an early start the morning of Day 1.
• Day 2: We will get up with the sun and after having coffee and breakfast and get on the water for our first day of paddling. We will paddle south past Ensanada Blanca and weather-permitting will try to camp on a beach near the San Cosme.
• Day 3-4: Snorkel. Hot springs, sea kayak explore Agua Verde area.
• Day 5-6: Two days paddling to Puerto Gato a spectacular protected horse shoe bay where we will take our lay over day and await the re-supply boat.
• Day 7: Rest Day (this may be taken at another time during the trip or used as a wind day.
• Day 8-9: Beautiful stretch of coast on down to Senores de los Dolores. Hike up to 18th Century Jesuit Mission through an hacienda ranch laden with tropical fruits! Alternatively, relax on the beach shaded by palm trees.
• Day 10: Rest day. Hike up to 18th Century Jesuit Mission through an hacienda ranch laden with tropical fruits! Alternatively, relax on the beach shaded by palm trees.
• Day 11-12: Paddle ‘last leg’ to Punta Coyote and transfer back to La Paz. Farewell dinner and night in hotel back in Loreto.
• March 30: Flights home, or Free Day in Loreto (West Jet Flights Mach 31)
Paddling time: approximately 4 hours a day with some longer days possible depending on wind/weather.
2 planned layover days.
Group size: Min 6 – Max 12
Trip price includes: Certified, bi-lingual naturalist guides. Single and/or double kayaks, all kayaking gear, cook gear and group gear, transportation to and from your La Paz hotel to start and finish of trip. All food and beverages during expedition.
Guests are responsible for bringing their own sleeping bags & tents. Tents, Snorkel sets, wetsuits may be rented. Limited availability book in advance.
Accommodation: You are responsible for hotel accommodations/meals pre and post trip in Loreto.
* Please note: It’s the nature of remote travel that uncontrollable factors like poor weather, pilot judgment, forest fires, and mechanical problems can affect our schedules and cause delays. We regret these situations but cannot accept responsibility for hotels, flight rebookings, and other costs you may incur.