Join a unique whale watching and turtle research excursion to Magdalena Bay. You will get up close and personal with gray whales and learn about their annual migration all the way from Alaska. You will also have the unique opportunity to participate in hands-on green sea turtle research with local conservationists.
What to Expect?
DAY 1 - LA PAZ TO MAGDALENA BAY
After breakfast, your guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you across the peninsula to beautiful Magdalena Bay on the Pacific Coast, home to some of Mexico´s most breathtaking views. Meet the research crew and head out to the campsite and sea turtle monitoring base.
An orientation to the in-water sea turtle monitoring follows, with happy hour and dinner after sunset, blending local cuisine with gourmet flair. After dinner your guide will lead a session of star identification.
DAY 2 - SEA TURTLE MONITORING
Wake up early and grab a cup of coffee and watch the fisher-conservationists prepare the nets used in the sea turtle monitoring, or stay in bed and catch a few extra z’s. During breakfast we will learn about the monitoring protocol and how we can participate in the data collection.
Every two hours you will have the chance to accompany the monitoring team in pangas to check the nets for turtles. Captured sea turtles will be transported to camp where we will help take measurements and other important data before releasing them back into the wild. Throughout the day you’ll have the chance to get all your questions about sea turtles. After dinner, take in the stars in a night sky that never disappoints.
DAY 3 - GRAY WHALES & MANGROVE EXPLORATION
After breakfast, grab a clipboard and camera and head down to the beach to finish measuring and weighing sea turtles before releasing them back to the water. After lunch and a siesta, head out to search for Baja's famous "friendly" gray whales. Your guide will explain the whales' behavior and why this place is so important.
Tonight we will learn about the gray whales, their incredible migration, and the importance of Magdalena Bay for breeding and calving to these magnificent creatures. Sit by the fire tonight and swap stories with your fisher guides and learn about the crucial role they play in conserving the natural resources of Magdalena Bay by combining tourism with conservation.
DAY 4 - GRAY WHALES & RETURN TO LA PAZ
After breakfast, head out for another day of whales. Enjoy a picnic before crossing the dunes to the Pacific Ocean. Visit with fishermen to see what they are catching and learn about local fishing techniques. Back at camp, relax or take a leisurely kayak paddle through the mangroves and then one more whale watching session.
You will be dropped off at your hotel where you can rest up for the flight home or continue your Baja California Sur adventure.
- Program ID: # 1615
- duration: Less than 1 Week
- location: La PazMexico25° 5' 8.1564" N, 112° 11' 32.5788" W
- Fitness level: Light Impact
- Closest Airport: La Paz, Mexico (LAP)
- Costs From: $1500 to $3000
- Program Type: Environmental & Wildlife Programs