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Baja Turtle Research & Whale Watching

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.

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What to Expect?

Day 1 - ARRIVE IN LA PAZ Spend some time exploring the colorful city of La Paz, with its charming boardwalk and many fine restaurants and shops. Dinner is on your own this evening.

Day 2 - LA PAZ TO MAGDALENA BAY After breakfast, we will board a van for the ride to Magdalena Bay, with lunch en route or at camp. Once we arrive at the Bay, a short boat ride delivers us to our base camp, where you'll have an orientation, assignment of tents and a safety briefing. Tonight you’ll enjoy a beautiful sunset while the staff prepares a delicious welcome dinner. There will also be an evening presentation.

Days 3 & 4 - MAGDALENA BAY The surreal landscape of the ever changing sand dunes provides a dramatic backdrop for exciting excursions to see the gray whales! There are two excursions each day using motorized skiffs, each lasting up to three hours. Our experienced naturalist guides will point out many behaviors of the whales, including spy hopping, mating, breaching, and nurturing their young. Happy hour brings an opportunity to compare notes with fellow travelers while watching the sun disappear beneath the horizon. After dinner, one of our  guides will present a natural history talk to help you learn more about the Baja Peninsula, its local people, and the marine wildlife protected in Magdalena Bay.

Days 5 & 6 - TURTLE MONITORING IN MAGDALENA BAY After breakfast we will take a boat ride to change camp sites. Members of the Cooperativa Eco-Tortugueros, a local conservation group, will welcome us in their Turtle Monitoring camp. Turtle watching offers an alternative to fishing or poaching for local residents who want to see a future for turtles and themselves in the region. We will help to put out the nets and monitor turtles in the following 24 hours, where we will check the nets and bring the turtles ashore for study. Other activities as bird watching & traditional fishing are also possible.

Day 7 - TO LA PAZ Explore the area and perhaps do some bird watching before we check the nets one more time for green turtles. After a final lunch in San Carlos, the group returns to La Paz in the late afternoon for a free afternoon shopping or exploring the town. Dinner is on your own tonight.

Day 8 - TO HOME Depart to your home city with incredible memories, reflecting on your incredible opportunity to work directly with the turtles.

  • Program ID: # 1615
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
  • location:
    Puerto San Carlos
    Mexico
    25° 5' 8.1564" N, 112° 11' 32.5788" W
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
  • Closest Airport:
  • Costs From:
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs

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