T r a v e l
For flights to Loreto, Baja California Sur,
Alaska Airlines - (800) 426-0333
Your arrival and departure days are included
in the listed itinerary*. Please check on flight
availability early & inform our office of
your travel arrangements as soon as they are
confirmed. See our web travel page for more
details on flights.
A c c o m m o d a t i o n s
Paddling South will make your hotel reservations
for the first and last night of your tour at
one of our favorite hotels. If you are arriving
early or staying extra nights let us know and we will be happy to book you rooms in the Hotel Oasis, the same hotel we use before and after the expedition.
E q u i p m e n t
Single and double fiberglass, Seda brand touring kayaks
are used on our trips. (singles may be used by guests
when deemed safe by guides ask about use and availability
in our office, or see the detailed info on the FAQ page)
We provide -Tents; one and two person sturdy A frames and
domes. First aid and repair kits. All other
camping and commissary equipment. You just bring
personal clothing items and sleep gear. We offer sleeping bag
rental with a closed-cell foam pad for $25.
P h y s i c a l R e q
u i r e m e n t s
Anyone in good physical condition and willing
to share in an occasional camp chore is welcome
on our tours. Some regular exercise and stretching
will help if the activity is new to you. We
provide a medical form for you to fill out prior
to the trip for the guide's information. Minimum
age is 12 years old.
F o o d
Many guests exclaim, "I never knew one
could eat so well on a camping trip!" Meatless
vegetarian palates are easily accommodated.
We provide great breakfasts and lunches, plus
a hearty main meal each evening prepared by
our staff. Please note any specific dietary
requirements on the reservation form.
W a t e r
Drinking water used on trips will be from a
local purified water outlet. for those of you
concerned about the possibility of an intestinal
disorder, we suggest a daily dose of acidophilus
for one to two months before travel. Be sure
to buy the kind which needs no refrigeration,
and remember to continue taking them for the
duration of your trip.
G u i d e s
Experienced and "Baja knowledgeable"
guides will lead and assist on all tours. To
assure quality and safety, the guest-to-guide
ratio is no more than 6-1. Your guides will
teach the basics of minimum-impact camping and
safety on the first day of your trip, and will
help to develop skills and technique throughout
the tour. Guests consistently praise our guides
for their outdoor and leadership abilities on
the post-trip evaluations.
Tipping: If you choose to reflect your satisfaction
with a guide's performance, consider a tip of
$5 - $10 per tour day per guide. Usually a group will
pool tips and present it at the end of the trip.
W e a t h e r
Baja California has essentially two seasons
- calm, hot and humid in summer / mild and windy
in winter, with conditions for touring best
from fall through spring. As everywhere in the
outdoors weather conditions may alter a travel
plan and an itinerary may change if necessary.
A v e r a g e D a y t
i m e T e m p e r a t u r e
Rain is infrequent. Only a few trips each winter
might experience a day or two of wet weather.
Night temperatures can occasionally fall to
S p e c i a l N o t e s
A valid passport is required for entry into Mexico.
If flying you will be issued a tourist card
which will be stamped upon arrival at the Loreto
International Airport. No immunizations are
required for entry into Baja. We request that
alcohol intake be kept to a minimum while in
remote environments. Wine or beer with dinner
is occasionally provided on a tour. Any illegal
substances are strictly prohibited by Mexican
I n s u r a n c e
It is strongly recommended that participants
have trip cancellation insurance to protect
against the unexpected need to cancel your reservation
at a late date. We also encourage you to consider
insurance coverage for expenses caused by accidents
in and evacuation from remote areas. We will
provide you with a liability form upon receiving your reservation. Paddling South is not responsible for re-imbursement of tour-related funds in case of travel warnings or travel carrier default. Contact Travel Insured; www.travelinsured.com (800-243-3174) or your preferred agent for coverage.
I n f o r m a t i o n R e s
o u r c e s / B o o k s
Almost an Island by Bruce Berger / Gathering
the Desert by Gary Nabhan / A Desert Country
Near the Sea by Ann Zwinger / Log from the Sea
of Cortez by John Steinbeck / Into a Desert
Place by Graham MacIntosh / Reef Fishes of the
Sea of Cortez by D. Thompson / Baja California
Plant Field Guide by Roberts, The Sierra Club
Handbook of Whales and Dolphins by Leatherwood/Reeves / Loreto - First Mission and Capital of Spanish California, By Ann O'Neil
T o u r C o s t I n c
l u d e s
and shuttle transfer upon arrival in Loreto,
(if you are arriving on Day 1 of the listed tour dates), two nights
hotel, guides, kayaks and related gear, single or double tents, shared
snorkel equipment, meals on tour & end of
trip dinner fiesta. Not included: air travel,
meals on arrival and departure days, gratuities, airport transfer for your departure.
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