Multi-Day Tour

Sea Turtles and Whale Watching Adventure (9 days)

Journey Mexico

La Paz, Mexico To La Paz, Mexico

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Jan 2099

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
La Paz, Mexico
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Arrival to La Paz

Upon arrival to airport, you will be privately transferred to your hotel in La Paz.

Day 2
Magdalena Bay, Mexico
None None

Magdalena Bay

Departing by van early morning from your hotel in La Paz with your guide, you will cross the desert to arrive at Magdalena Bay, on the Pacific Coast of the Baja California peninsula, home to some of Mexico´s most breathtaking land and seascapes. Arriving in the fishing village of Puerto San Carlos, you will be greeted by the staff of Magdalena Baykeeper, the local conservation group working to preserve the bay´s precious natural resources. Head out in small craft to Conchalito Island – the campsite and sea turtle monitoring base for the next 5 days where you will meet the rest of your guides. Step off the boat, and feel your feet sink into the shells. The welcoming smiles of your fishermen hosts greet you, and you will soon discover that their hospitality is surpassed only by their prowess in the kitchen as they treat you to a delicious lunch before settling into camp. An orientation to the in-water sea turtle monitoring follows, along with happy hour. Discussion and Q&A continues, and dinner is served after sunset, blending local cuisine with gourmet flair. You’ve never experienced seafood so fresh, and delicious. After dinner your guide will lead a session of constellation and star identification.

Day 3
Magdalena Bay, Mexico
None None

Magdalena Bay Sea Turtle Monitoring

Rise shortly after the sun comes up, grab a cup of coffee, and climb aboard the panga to help your fishermen guides set nets in the channel, initiating the sea turtle monitoring. If you’ve ever dreamed about leading a life devoted to conservation, now is your chance. Put on your sea turtle biologist cap, and take part in a black sea turtle monitoring project recognized around the world as a model for community based conservation. The not-so-early risers can enjoy a relaxed breakfast, and watch the birds, marine mammals and other natural wonders that surround the island before heading out on the water. Throughout the day, you´ll become versed in the biology of sea turtles, their important ecological function, and the threats that confront these majestic creatures, as well as the critical role your fisher guides play in preserving the sea turtles and their habitat by combining tourism and conservation. Boats will head out for monitoring every two hours. Captured turtles are weighed, measured and released. You can take a break from the sea turtle activity in the afternoon to relax and read, or identify local birds with your guide. The sea turtle discussions will continue during dinner, and you will have plenty to talk about tonight. Monitoring goes on throughout the night, and snacks, coffee and hot chocolate are always available.

Day 4
Magdalena Bay, Mexico
None None

Gray Whales of Magdalena Bay

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 wild, concluding the sea turtle monitoring. During lunch you’ll receive an orientation on gray whales, their magnificent migration, and the importance of Magdalena Bay for the whales to breed and calve. After a siesta, you’ll head out in pangas to search for whales. Your guide will narrate the experience with a naturalist’s perspective, explaining the whales’ behavior. Back at camp, swap stories from the day during happy hour. After dinner, join your guide for a nocturnal hike through a magical sand dune landscape. Or rest up before another exciting day of whale watching.

Day 5
Magdalena Bay, Mexico
None None

Gray Whales and Island Exploration

After breakfast, head out again to search for whales. Today you will enjoy a picnic lunch before crossing by foot to the Pacific Ocean (you’ve never seen sand dollars so large and beautiful). Before getting on the water for your afternoon whale watching session, head out in the pangas to visit with local fishermen to see what they are catching and learn about local fishing techniques. Back at camp, you can choose to relax or take a leisurely kayak paddle through the mangrove canals. After dinner tonight, sit around the campfire with your guide, hosts, and fellow travelers and take in the stars and the night sounds, as you reminisce about your magical week in Magdalena Bay.

Day 6
Magdalena Bay, Mexico
None None

Magdalena Bay to La Paz

Enjoy a relaxed morning at camp before packing up to head back to the mainland. Bid farewell to your hosts before heading back to La Paz for a free afternoon along the scenic waterfront.

Day 7
Isla Espiritu Santo, Mexico
None None

Isla Espiritu Santo

Transfer to Espiritu Santo Island in a high-speed motorboat. Your guide will discuss points on safety and provide beginners with the basics of sea-kayaking and correct use of gear and kayaks. We then embark paddling the turquoise waters of Isla Espiritu Santo beneath spectacular volcanic cliffs and arrive at one of many beautiful beaches to for a picnic lunch. After lunch and a natural history walk, we board our speedy launch and ride to a beautiful off-shore island, Los Islotes, which is home to a large sea lion colony. Prepare to experience the amazing thrill of swimming with sea lion pups and snorkel among thousands of tropical fish. Espiritu Santo has the most intact ecosystem in the region—several plants and animals are found nowhere else in the world!  Because of its warm waters and protected coves, Espiritu Santo provides the perfect place for beginning kayakers and snorkelers to hone their skills.

Day 8
Isla Espiritu Santo, Mexico
None None

Gray Whales and Island Exploration

After breakfast, head out again to search for whales. Today you will enjoy a picnic lunch before crossing by foot to the Pacific Ocean (you’ve never seen sand dollars so large and beautiful). Before getting on the water for your afternoon whale watching session, head out in the pangas to visit with local fishermen to see what they are catching and learn about local fishing techniques. Back at camp, you can choose to relax or take a leisurely kayak paddle through the mangrove canals. After dinner tonight, sit around the campfire with your guide, hosts, and fellow travelers and take in the stars and the night sounds, as you reminisce about your magical week in Magdalena Bay.

Day 9
La Paz, Mexico
None None

Departure from La Paz

After breakfast, your driver will meet you at your hotel to provide a private transfer to the local airport for onward travel.

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Description

The Sea Turtles and Whale Watching Adventure in Baja California explores the protected lagoons of the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez, allowing for magnificent encounters with marine wildlife.

Whale Watching Baja Family Trip

This trip is an off-the-beaten-path adventure that visits both the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez coastlines of Baja California, Mexico. Check out the spectacular sample itinerary and join us for a close encounter of the turtle kind!  The tour combines Journey Mexico’s signature high quality tours with the internationally recognized work of the Ocean Revolution to create a meaningful experience for both our guests and the communities and environments they visit!

About Us

Journey Mexico specializes in crafting unique, authentic and unexpected travel experiences for the discerning and sophisticated traveler throughout the Mexican republic.Whether you would like to travel to Mexico to explore Mayan ruins, relax in a hacienda, visit islands in Baja’s Sea of Cortes, search for handicrafts in markets, or adventure in the Copper Canyon, we take great pride in sharing Mexico’s natural beauty & rich cultural heritage in the company of our warm and welcoming people.2016 Virtuoso Peer-to-Peer Award Winner - "Best Destination & Experiences - In-Country Partner

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Family Trip

By: Deni170


Reviewed on: 02 Jan 2014

Our family trip to RIU Tropical Bay in Negril, Jamaica was great. Staff was nice and food was good. 2 minor problems: tour desk asked for vouchers, so I gave them my travel sheets and the return transportation to the airport got messed up. Regardless, we enjoyed the trip.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Trevino
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Highly Recommended

By: Lisa


Reviewed on: 09 Feb 2014

We went back and forth several times with Journey Mexico planning our itinerary and were very pleased with their responsiveness and obvious knowledge of the Yucatan Peninsula. They put together a wonderful tour with highly professional and knowledgeable driver/guides, and the hotel recommendations were excellent. They also followed up while we were traveling to make sure everything was satisfactory. Would definitely use them again.
Travel Advisor:  Rebecca Falkenberry
Not Recommended

Journese is no bargain

By: Tom


Reviewed on: 17 Mar 2014

Booking any travel program with any company should mean care free fun with no worries with what can go wrong next with the itinerary.  We travel often but this is our first trip with Journese.  It will be our last. Journese is out of date beginning with their systems, product, and customer service reps that lack basic knowledge.
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Delightful trip

By: Ginger


Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2014

Trip was well planned and accommodation were excellent
Travel Advisor:  Bettie Lee

Great Customer Service

By: JJT


Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2014

Upon our arrival in Mexico, Journey Mexico made it an easy trip. They had one of their employees with a sign outside the airport that greeted us, grabbed our luggage, gave us a folder of info of our contacts for our trip, and took us to our private transfer (we only had to wait a few minutes for the transportation to arrive). We left the airport with Journey Mexico within 10 minutes from us walking out of the airport. We arrived to the resort 25-30 minutes later - very easy! We had a little hiccup with the resort about what package we would supposed to receive. There was a miscommunication between the resort reservations and Journey Mexico. The resort and Journey Mexico hashed it out. During that process, we were being updated from Journey Mexico and our resort. Journey Mexico even sent a bottle of champagne to our room for the confusion which was a nice touch. Their rep even take you through the entire check in process at the airport for departure. Great customer service all week!

Yucatan Journey

By: Magritte's Hat


Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2014

When I decided I wanted to visit Mexico for the first time, I spent hours online trying to plan a trip. Luckily, I came across an article recommending using travel advisors. Because I took that advice, I now have countless bad photographs and good memories of a trip to Mexico. Stacy was able to arrange a trip for me after a couple of phone calls and a few emails that was better than anything I could have done myself. I experienced the celebration of the Day of the Dead in Merida, explored Mayan ruins (culminating with the awesome ancient city of Chichen Itza), and spent a few relaxing days on a sugar-sanded beach in Tulum. My guide was terrific and the hotels were clean and comfortable without being impersonal and generic. The whole trip was great. After over a decade of staying close to home, I think I'm going to be hitting the road more often; and I'm sure I'll be using Stacy's services again.

Great Service

By: mh123


Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2015

Journey Mexico provided us with great guides and drivers. They were always on time and very pleasant.

attentive

By: kerri


Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2016

they were on top of the logistic details. Very easy.

San Miguel

By: Bob


Reviewed on: 17 Feb 2017

All was good,timely,courteous etc
Travel Advisor:  Kay Jones

Review Journey Mexico

By: DSL


Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2017

Journey Zmexico provided us with the best experience we could have wished for in the Copper Canyon. The logistics of the trip, including timing, transportation, lodging, food and guide services was outstanding. The only low point was the dining experience at the Best Western in Creel- the hotel was fine but the dinners were not to our liking and did not match the amazing food we had at all the other hotels. The high point was our guide Gustavo who was the most well informed and superb guide! We are so fortunate to have him as our tour guide-heads it a fabulous trip- forever grateful to him!
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

Puerto Aventuras

By: Rita


Reviewed on: 13 Jan 2018

Nice people. House was in good location. A few items not in good shape, but overall comfortable. Staff responded to our questions and needs.
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

True Campions of their Beautiful Country

By: Partridge Travels


Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2018

This was our second trip with Journey Mexico, and we were privileged to travel with the most wonderful guides! All of our drivers and guides have been professional, accommodating, knowledgeable, protective, and extremely well educated. I have heard and read so many negative stories about travel in Mexico, so the most important message I can convey to anyone considering travel with Journey Mexico is that I have never had to overthink my personal safety, and I have never felt as though I was in a place or situation that could be dangerous. Another great bonus about travel with their guides is that they know all the great places to eat (you will not get sick) and they are true gentlemen and will help you shop. Also, your Journey Mexico concierge (who is different from your guide), is a phone call away. Our concierge called us on our second night just to check in and see if we needed anything, which we didn't because our every need was already taken care of- they are first class!
Travel Advisor:  Whitney Shindelar

Luxury Interior Mexico

By: Kane


Reviewed on: 23 Mar 2018

Journey Mexico made our family of 4 Spring Break Trip to Interior Mexico a breeze. The drivers were all very professional and we felt completely safe with the adventure travel operators. It was the perfect mix of adventure family fun and luxury travel.
Travel Advisor:  Amanda Watkins

Perfect

By: KZB


Reviewed on: 24 Mar 2018

Our hotel was perfect and in a lovely location. Our guide Louis was well informed and friendly. Cesar our driver was prompt and showed up exactly where we needed him every time. I was very impressed with the skillful coordination of our trip.
Travel Advisor:  Misty Jones

Journey Mexico in Mexico City

By: TECIV


Reviewed on: 01 May 2018

Journey Mexico was very easy to work with and completely enhanced our trip to Mexico City. We had the same driver for both tours who was wonderful and our guide at the pyramids, Isaias, was extremely knowledgeable and really made the experience there. I cant imagine having done the pyramids without his insight and guidance. I would highly recommend Journey Mexico to any friends and family.
Travel Advisor:  Abby Michaud