Mexico: Baja Kayaking Adventure

March 10 - 16, 2019

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in the net of wonder forever.”

Jacques Yves Cousteau

Imagine waking up to the sound of water lapping up against the shore and opening your tent to take in the breathtaking sunrise on a pristine beach on one of the Gulf of California’s most beautiful islands, Espiritu Santo. You then enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast featuring local produce and begin to get ready for another amazing day of sea-kayaking on the brilliant turquoise and tranquil Sea of Cortez. This is just a peek at what you can expect from your Baja, Mexico Multisport Adventure.

We begin our adventure in La Paz, the capital of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. The next morning we are transported to Espiritu Santo Island where for the next few days you’ll experience the perfect balance between nature and comfort by kayaking from shore to shore, while the local staff carries your equipment, cooks your meals, and caters to your every need. Each day we’ll be treated to meals and snacks that are a mix of Mexican dishes and camping favorites, utilizing local ingredients and produce. We paddle for about 3 hours each day, leaving plenty of free time to snorkel and explore one of the world’s most diverse natural aquariums and hike into the interior of the island to discover the fascinating rock formations and remarkable plant life.

Baja is well known for gorgeous aquamarine tranquil seas with stunning beaches for camping and world-famous marine-life. The Archipelago of Espiritu Santo Island is a part of the “Gulf of California Islands” Flora and Fauna Protection Area which works to preserve the natural splendor of the island. While on the island you will have the chance to observe over 200 species of plants and more than 70 species of animals including the juancinto (little squirrel), the babisuri (ring-tailed cat), the black hare, and the sand snake. While on the water, there are over 50 species of aquatic birds and more than 15 species of marine mammals that we might come across during our paddling voyages.

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Trip Favorite Moments & Reviews

“Thank you all for doing what you do. I was wary of organized trips, as usually they try to cover too many things, leaving the average experience somehow poor. You guys reversed my idea. I doubt we could have done anything better by ourselves, and definitely not is such a well-organized way.”

Giovanni P.

Way, way, WAY beyond expectations. Simply the best! Our guides had such a depth of knowledge and passion for the flora, fauna, and culture — I found that to be wonderful and quite moving. I felt safe every single minute, and confident that we were in capable hands should anything go not to plan. A super fun crew, too!

Polly M.

Details

  • Dates: March 10 - 16, 2019
  • Cost Per Person: $2,750
  • Optional Single Supplement: $400
  • Private Tour Minimum: 8
  • Activities: Sea-kayaking, snorkeling and hiking
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Guides: Beth Peluse

Other Info: Optional rental gear: snorkel set ($30), wet suit ($30), sleeping bag ($30)

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Past Traveler Tour Rating

4.89/5 stars

Trip Highlights

  • Sea-kayak in the beautiful Sea of Cortez.
  • Take in the stars and listen to the waves as you camp each night on a different beach.
  • Swim with baby sea lions and magnificent 30-foot whale sharks.
  • Snorkel through one of the world’s most diverse “natural aquariums."
  • Explore canyons with amazing rock formations and discover fascinating plant life.
Day 1

Your Zephyr guides will meet you at the airport in Los Cabos, Mexico, and transport you two hours north to the town of La Paz, the capital city of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. La Paz boasts a wonderful waterfront with world class beaches. Tonight we’ll celebrate the beginning of our trip with a delicious welcome dinner and orientation. If you have the energy, we can do a quick walking tour of the historic downtown. This will be the first of two nights that we will be staying at the Hotel Catredal, in the center of town with fantastic views from the rooftop pool and terrace. We will be camping the rest of trip until we return to La Paz on our last night.

Day 2

In the morning, we leave La Paz and head for Espiritu Santo Island via high-speed motor boat. On our way to the island, we will go over the safety rules and procedures. Don’t worry if you are new to the sport of sea-kayaking: we will provide instruction on how to sea kayak (everyone will do a proper “wet exit” in shallow water) and the proper use of the provided gear. In the afternoon, we’ll embark on our first paddle beneath spectacular volcanic cliffs and arrive at the first of many beautiful beaches to set up camp and enjoy a happy hour cocktail and wonderfully prepared dinner made with fresh, local ingredients. If the moon isn’t too bright, you’ll be able to see a zillion stars above you as you drift off to sleep in your tent.

Days 3 – 5

In general, our daily routine while on the water will include breakfast between 7:00 and 7:30 AM, lunch between 1:00 and 1:30 PM and dinner between 6:00 and 6:30 PM. Depending on weather and wind conditions, each day is a little different and our route is somewhat flexible and our guides will give us route updates throughout the day. We’ll explore the coastlines of small offshore to get a closer look at where some of the over 50 different species of sea birds nest. We’ll have the opportunity to hike to a magnificent canyon to a dry waterfall with a fresh water pool where we can enjoy a refreshing dip! At some point, we will cross a short stretch of open water over to Isla Partida to set up camp in the breathtakingly beautiful bay of Ensenada Grande, where the desert’s most spectacular cactus-adorned red rocks meet the gorgeous teal sea. We’ll take a motorized boat to a smaller island that is home to a large sea lion colony and will be able to actually swim with the lion pups while snorkeling among thousands of tropical fish.

Day 6

Today is our last day on the water. After breakfast on the island we will pack up and return to the inner La Paz bay in search of whale sharks. This is perhaps the highlight of our week – the opportunity to swim with the largest fish in the world! Following this thrilling experience, we return to La Paz by mid-afternoon and check back into our hotel. This evening we will have a final dinner to celebrate a fantastic, exciting, educational experience in Baja.

Day 7

This morning we enjoy breakfast, a visit to the small and unique Whale Museum, and then shuttle back to the Los Cabos airport where you can either depart for home or extend your stay in the area.

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Trip Accommodations

NIGHTS 1 & 6 >> HOTEL CAEDRAL / LA PAZ

Comfortable hotel with lots of charm and character, located in the heart of La Paz.

NIGHTS 2, 3, 4 & 5 >> CAMPING ON THE BEACH

Each day we’ll be kayaking to a new breathtakingly beautiful beach campsite.

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Arrival & Departure

On the first afternoon of the trip, our Zephyr guides will meet you at the Los Cabos airport (airport code SJD). Los Cabos is one of Mexico’s premier resorts so there are a good number of airlines offering flights from many different cities all over the US and Canada. We will then shuttle to La Paz, the capital city of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. We’ll return to the Los Cabos airport on the last afternoon of the trip, giving you time to fly out that evening and return home or extend your stay. We'll give you specific details upon booking.

What's Included
  • A Zephyr guide, plus local guides will accompany you on the trip.
  • Double occupancy lodging is included. If you are traveling solo, we will match you with another traveler of the same gender. However, you may pay a single supplement to have your own room and/or tent.
  • All meals once you meet the group are included.
  • All your transportation is included once you meet your guides on the first day.
  • All group camping equipment is included.
  • NOT INCLUDED Beverages, desserts, gratuities to your guides, personal expenses, travel to and from the destination, sleeping bag, wet suit and snorkel gear.
Weather

In March, the average daytime temperatures for the area are 78 – 84 degrees Fahrenheit but tends to cool down to mid-50s in the evenings, making camping ideal. The sea water temperature in March is typically around 68 – 72 degrees. Tropical rainstorms are common but usually last less than an hour.

Equipment

We’ll be supplying you with all the equipment needed for kayaking and camping. However, we would recommend bringing your own sleeping bag and wetsuit. If you don’t have a sleeping bag or wetsuit, don’t fret, there will be ones available to rent if needed.

Difficulty Level

Our Baja trip is rated Moderate, which means that some base fitness is required, as our main mode of transportation will be via kayak. However, you do not need to be an experienced kayaker, for a few reasons: a motorboat escorts us and transports all our gear, so kayaks are light; you have the option of selecting a tandem kayak and we can pair you with a stronger paddler or guide, which means you wouldn’t have to paddle as hard; and if you decide to skip the kayak for a day, it is no problem as you can ride the motor boat to the next camp and paddle a shorter distance from camp when you arrive.

Physical Preparation

If you want to prepare physically prior to the trip, your enjoyment will likely increase!  We recommend anything that strengthens your core and shoulders/arms.  Yoga, sit-ups and push-ups are all good.  If you belong to a gym, you might ask a trainer what would be good exercises to prepare for kayaking.

Changes to Your Itinerary

While everything under “What is Included” on the right side column will remain the same, the actual restaurants, hotels, and activities listed in our itineraries are subject to modifications. Changes that are out of our control are common – a restaurant closes or loses its awesome chef, a winery changes its visiting hours, a hotel gets remodeled, a road or trail undergoes construction. You are entrusting us to create an outstanding vacation for you and so it is possible we may take the liberty of making necessary changes (even at the last minute, during the guides’ scout trip) to the itinerary that will improve your overall trip experience. If there is any one experience that is going to make or break your trip, please discuss this with us in advance! We will attempt to keep our website itinerary as current as possible and communicate any major changes with you in the weeks prior to the tour.

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