Multi-Day Tour

Laguna San Ignacio Whale Watching (3 days)

Journey Mexico

Mexico, Mexico To Mexico, Mexico

Laguna San Ignacio Whale Watching (3 days)


Day 1
Mexico, Mexico
None Dinner

Day 1

Meet at the Hanalei Hotel/Red Lion Inn in San Diego at 6:30-7:00 am.  

You will transfer by bus to airfield where we board our private charter flight.  Overland shuttle from the air strip to camp is 1 to 6 hours, contingent on weather.  There is an orientation to camp procedures upon arrival with time to relax or explore before happy hour and dinner.  Following dinner is a presentation on whales by our naturalist.

Day 2
Mexico, Mexico
None None

Day 2 thru 4

Days are spent whale watching from skiffs. Other activities available are hikes led by a naturalist, bird watching, sea kayaking in the mangrove estuaries, or relaxing at camp.

Day 3
Mexico, Mexico
None None

Day 5

After breakfast you depart to meet the incoming flight at the landing strip. Arrival back to San Diego is planned for late afternoon.  Upon arrival you will be transferred back to the hotel.  If you are planning your domestic flight home this evening please schedule your departure for after 7:30 pm.

We strongly suggest that you arrive a day prior and depart the day after your trip in the event of delays due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.

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*please note this is a 5 day tour that takes place in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur

Our daily itinerary is flexible, allowing us to take advantage of unexpected natural history opportunities.  While we make every attempt to follow our general itinerary, weather is unpredictable and dictates our day's activities.  Delays in flights or transfers may occur in the event of poor weather.  Scheduled whale watching by skiff is determined by our Mexican permits.

Laguna San Ignacio Whale Watching Highlights:

• Pristine wilderness in a remote safari style camp location on water's edge

• Closer proximity to whale viewing area

• Private charter flight with pick up in San Diego included

• Cabin tents with floors, comfortable bedding, table, chairs and lantern

• Offering our unique trip to San Ignacio since 1991

Venture with us in the winter breeding grounds of the California Gray Whale. San Ignacio Lagoon is the perfect place for whale watchers to observe these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Gray whales have gathered in San Ignacio for centuries to calve, cavort and relax before heading north to their Arctic feeding grounds.

See first hand how these beautiful cetaceans have touched the hearts of millions. With a short skiff ride out into the lagoon prepare to experience a Gray Whale surfacing just a few feet from your skiff. You will be amazed by the urge to reach out and touch this extraordinary animal.

Kayak through the fertile mangrove estuaries where the keen bird watcher will see a number a different species in this natural aviary. Beach comb the peaceful lagoon shore and discover shells, fossils, and other remnants of the sea.


Along the west coast of the Baja Peninsula, three lagoons provide the California Gray Whale with protected waters at the end of their annual migration from the Arctic.  San Ignacio Lagoon, the most remote of the three, lies midway between Scammons Lagoon to the north and Magdalena Bay to the south.  Surrounded by low dunes and bordered by mangrove lined estuaries, San Ignacio Lagoon is a surreal landscape which provides a dramatic background for Baja's most celebrated and magnificent visitors, the California Gray whales.

Modeled after a "tented safari" camp, our Whale Watch Basecamp provides double occupancy dome tents with comfortable cots, warm sleeping bags with pillows and liners, and lanterns.  Full meal service is provided in our dining tent serving meals with a Mexican flair in a comfortable surrounding.  Enjoy a "Baja" solar heated fresh water shower after a day of whale watching.  Activities to enjoy while at San Ignacio Lagoon are whale watching from outboard powered skiffs, beach combing, bird watching, natural history slide show lectures, and exploring the mangrove estuaries by skiff or a sea kayak.  A library of natural history guidebooks is also available for your use.  We strive to provide a high level of amenities and services using ecologically and technologically appropriate means.

Your crew consists of both American and Mexican guides, skiff drivers and cooks.  Many times the crew will include guides who work in our other programs like scuba diving, sea kayaking or natural history cruises.  Naturalist leaders are drawn from both sides of the border and may include professional naturalists or students with a special emphasis on gray whales.

San Ignacio Lagoon is part of the Vizcaino Biological Reserve. Like the other whale lagoons it is closely regulated by agencies of the Mexican government to insure that human activities do not adversely affect the whales.  We have a special commitment to protect the land and sea environment, Baja's premier natural resource.  Our activities are fully permitted and sanctioned by the appropriate agencies of the Mexican government.  All participants will be advised of company and government policies designed to protect the environment and will be expected to comply fully.

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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Reviewed on: 09 Feb 2014

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