*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.
SAN IGNACIO WHALE WATCHING
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.