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Kayak Expedition down Baja California’s Sea of Cortez, Snorkeling, Hikes
Explore Baja’s nearby islands and coastline
Snorkeling, Hiking, Sea Kayaking
Local guides with cultural, historical, ecological knowledge of area
Learn about ranch and village life in Mexico
Amazing food cooked for you every day
Weeklong Adventures Through the Islands and Coast of Baja
Paddling South’s kayaking trips through the islands and along the coast of Baja California offers something for everyone. Travelers spend the first half of the trip exploring the isolated islands near Loreto, and then miles of pristine wilderness along the coastline. These scenic landscapes are teeming with life above and below the water, and you will have an unprecedented chance to witness the wildlife first-hand.
But this isn’t just a wilderness trip—you will have plenty of opportunity to see the realities of life in rural Mexico. As the trip nears its end, you visit a hot spring, a local ranch, and a small fishing village, offering several glimpses of the “real” Mexico that you don’t get to see at your average tourist location.
Arrival. For personal service we
greet you at the airport and arrange transfers
to your waterfront hotel in Loreto. Then, join
a group orientation meeting with one of the trip leaders.
We'll answer ques1tions and discuss the next
day's plan to help you get ready for a great
adventure. This evening there's time to explore
the quaint cobbled streets of Loreto, and we'll
offer some local restaurant recommendations.
Ground transfers, route and town maps, a Bienvenidos!
Day 1 - A breakfast buffet
is served at the hotel patio or at the beach
put-in, and, hosted by your guides. Town luggage
or items not needed on tour will be stored for
you. Then off to a great adventure. Enjoy views
of the five marine park islands and dramatic
volcanic ridges on your way to the heart of
Baja's paddling paradise. On the beach, guides
will teach the basics of kayak touring, safety
and ecological camping techniques.
Today's destination - Isla Danzante or Isla
del Carmen for our first night's camp. The islands
offer pristine camping at an easy paddling distance.
After setting up camp there is plenty of time
for exploring by foot or fin, or paddle, depending
on the afternoon weather. Snorkel gear is included
and a complete natural history library is packed
in the hatches. We provide quality tents, but
most folks prefer to sleep out. Rain and bugs
are few; starry skies and the sound of the sea
will lull you to sleep at night.
On our tours we spend a day or two exploring
the islands - then, to be safe from the possibility
of high winds changing our route, we cross back
to the coast. Like a floating backpack we load
the boats with our gear and travel 3 or 4 hours
each day. While paddling south of the islands
in a self-sufficient pod we'll find even more
of the peninsula's hidden treasures.
Day 2 - Calm water, a colorful
sunrise and a great breakfast start the day.
Early morning is the best time to kayak. Gliding
along in a silent craft, dolphins, whales and
pelicans provide a natural history show. In
camp, for a wonderful week you'll be at home
in turquoise coves surrounded by majestic red-rock
cliffs. Relax on warm sand beaches, hike winding
canyons and discover swirling schools of rainbow
wrasse. For a time live a simpler life in a
Day 3 - Learn about Baja's
weather, geography, and natural history from
our experienced, local guides.To avoid disturbing
wildlife we'll paddle at a safe distance past
craggy islotes (small bird-nesting islands).
See if you can spot the brilliant blue of a
booby's feet on its cliffside perch, or the
distinctive red eyes and beak of an oyster catcher
as it hunts along a reef. Ospreys winter in
Mexico; they have the right idea.
Day 4 - A popular highlight
on the kayak route south of Loreto is a visit
to a small island hot spring. At low tide wade
across a sand spit and soak in the warm mineral
water. It's a short walk from camp, and it's
halfway along the trail to a friend's ranch
where we arrange for a meal at the family's
outdoor restaurant. Traditional beans, rice,
fish or stew is complimented by homemade tortillas
hot off the comal.
5 - A layover day is scheduled to take
advantage of our favorite camp. Enjoy a slow
morning, or do an early birding walk; ride canyon
trails on sturdy mules or horses, or hike over
desert garden hills to a hidden oasis. If weather
permits, grab your paddle and cruise across
the channel to snorkel on a nearby island. Or,
simply relax on the beach.
Day 6- The final paddle day
takes us down the coast to the remote fishing
village of Agua Verde. A towering spire of rock
marks the entrance to beautiful "green
water bay". Our last camp is close enough
to the village to wander and watch as local
fishermen bring in their catch or to visit the
rural school. Yachts anchor in the bay protected
from seasonal winds. Reefs and points provide
a final bit of snorkeling. Mid morning we
load up and climb aboard our van at the take-out.
In a few hours we'll be back in Loreto for a
taco lunch and hot showers at the hotel, while
in the afternoon there's still time to do some
last-minute shopping before our farewell dinner
at a favorite restaurant. Dinner is hosted by
Departure - Breakfast is on your
own this morning. For early departures the hotel
restaurant can accommodate your schedule, or
head downtown to Café Olé for
a leisurely brunch at the locals' favorite.
Your guides will help you with transportation
info. For departure Paradise lost... but come back soon for
another great adventure on sea or sierra and
discover more of the treasures of Baja.
On a few spring trips you'll notice we include a day
trip for whale watching either at the beginning or
end of the trip (depending on best weather or other
logistics). Generally the sightings are closer and
exciting in the Pacific birthing lagoons and the
whale population is more concentrated.
Our trips are planned to satisfy both active
adventurers and those looking for a relaxing
vacation. We think you'll agree, we've found
the right combination!
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