Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Private

Discovering the Sea of Cortez: Hidden Beaches, Whales, and Whale Sharks (7 days)

Journey Mexico

La Paz Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico To La Paz Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Valid for Departures Now Through: 30 Sep 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
La Paz Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Costa Baja None

Arrival to La Paz

Welcome to Mexico! Your private driver will meet you at the La Paz International Airport and you will be driven to your hotel. Overnight: Costa Baja Resort

Day 2
La Paz Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Costa Baja Resort​ None

Private Whale Shark Researcher for a Day & Beach Picnic

The largest fish on the planet, the gentle whale sharks gather yearly to the coast just off La Paz. Join Mexico’s top researchers and scientists working to understand and protect these magnificent creatures.

After boarding the research vessel, the team will brief you on protocols, and then you will begin searching for whale sharks. Throughout the day you will learn about the various projects including photo-identification, population analysis, satellite tagging and genetic analysis. There will also be time to snorkel with these amazing giants. Snack time will be on a beautiful pristine beach on the Sea of Cortes. Overnight: Posada de las Fores La Paz

Overnight: Costa Baja Resort

Day 3
La Paz Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Costa Baja Resort​ None

Private Day Trip Sierra la Laguna Biosphere

Looming up above the desert, the lush Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve provides the perfect escape from the bustle. Your local naturalist guide will meet you and en route to the Sierra you will learn about the natural history of the region and the ranchero culture that has kept alive centuries old artisanal traditions. Spend the day hiking the nature trails, swimming in the freshwater springs, and getting a look at local ranchero life. You will be back in your hotel for dinner with photos and amazing memories to share.

Overnight: Costa Baja Resort

Day 4
La Paz Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Posada de las Flores La Paz​ None

Private Whale Watching Excursion in Magdalena Bay

Meet your guide and take off to Bahía Magdalena for an overnight adventure. You’ll be headed to the jewel of the Pacific and home to a staggering number of migratory and marine birds, sea turtles, and marine mammals including the migratory gray whales.

Arriving at Lopez Mateos your whale watching adventure begins. Along the way to Puerto San Carolos, you will explore mangrove canals, massive sand dunes, and observe different species of birds, marine mammals and whales.

At lunch, you will have the opportunity to walk through majestic sand dunes and embrace the natural beauty of the fusion of desert and sea before continue on your boat trip to your hotel

Day 5
La Paz Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Posada de las Flores La Paz​ None

Private Whale Watching Excursion in Magdalena Bay

Today you will continue your whale watching private expedition. Upon culmination, you will return back to La Paz. Overnight: Posada de las Flores La Paz

Day 6
La Paz Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Posada de las Flores La Paz​ None

Private Day Trip Espíritu Santo Island

Today you will discover the Sea of Cortez and Isla Espiritu Santo! The day starts with a 1.5 hour panga ride to Espiritu Santo Island; the first stop is the sea lion colony where you’ll have time to swim, snorkel and interact with the playful sea lions. Climb back on board to navigate around the island in search of hidden, virgin beaches for a picnic lunch and refreshing drink. On the beach, guides will give a talk about the natural history of the island, plants and mangroves, and you’ll be able to ask all the questions you like. Kayak around the bay, relax, or take a nature hike before happy hour and heading back to shore.

Overnight: Posada de las Flores La Paz

Day 7
La Paz Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico
None None

Departure from La Paz

Today you will be privately transferred to La Paz airport for your onward flight home.

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Description

This fully customizable itinerary is the perfect starting point for ideas on how to explore Baja California Sur and the Sea of Cortez. With a base in La Paz, travelers can experience unique encounter with wildlife, including whale sharks, migratory birds, sea turtles, sea lions, and gray whales. We encourage our travelers to not only experience the Sea of Cortez, but also learn about the magnificent flora and fauna, both land and sea, by interacting with researches, scientists, and expert guides. Between your snorkeling, swimming, and kayaking encounters, you will discover pristine bays and virgin beaches for some time to take in your surroundings.

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
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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