La Paz, Mexico

Gray Whale and Sea Turtle Research Camp

4 Days | Research Expedition, Boat Tour and Swimming

Experience the wonder of two of Earth's most charismatic marine species, gray whales and endangered sea turtles, all from the majestic setting of in RED’s sea turtle research camp in Magdalena Bay. This jewel of the Pacific, just a few hours between Loreto and La Paz, is home to a staggering number of marine and aviary species, lush mangrove canals and towering sand dunes.

Your local hosts will treat you to the finest in regional cuisine with gourmet flair, and your naturalist guide will ensure you leave expertly informed on all themes of flora, fauna and local conservation efforts. Your feet will get wet on this participatory experience that lets you work alongside fishermen and conservationists in a project recognized as a model for community efforts to protect endangered species and habitat.

Right for You?

Duration

4 Days / 3 Nights

Travel Style

Active Adventure and Connect with Nature

Languages

English and Spanish

Physical Activity

Moderate activity

Location

Ocean

Connect

Wifi: None
Cell: Limited

RED Travel Mexico

Local/Foreign Owned Social Enterprise
Starts at:

$1495/person

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Speaks: English and Spanish

Highlights

  • Get the chance to spot majestic whales
  • Sea turtle monitoring
  • Explore beautiful mangroves
  • Get active with dune hiking
  • Discover local culture
  • Great opportunity for spotting different bird species
  • Enjoy star gazing at night
  • Trigger your taste buds with the regional gourmet cuisine

Details

Schedule

Be ready to leave La Paz early on Day 1

Availability

Flexible Departure Date
January-March

Depart from La Paz early in the morning en route to Magdalena Bay, 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. Breakfast will be provided en route at one of our favorite local ranchos. Settle into our secluded island camp and after happy hour, learn about the important sea turtle restoration project which will be the focus of tomorrow’s activities. Get a good night’s rest, tomorrow we search for turtles.

Wake up early and grab a cup of coffee and watch the fisher-conservationists prepare the nets used in the sea turtle monitoring, or stay in bed and catch a few extra z’s. During breakfast we will learn about the monitoring protocol and how we can participate in the data collection. Every two hours you will have the chance to accompany the monitoring team in pangas to check the nets for turtles. Captured sea turtles will be transported to camp where we will help take measurements and other important data before releasing them back into the wild. Throughout the day you’ll have the chance to get all your questions about sea turtles. After dinner, take in the stars in a night sky that never disappoints.

Head down to the beach to finish measuring and weighing sea turtles before releasing them back into the wild, concluding the sea turtle monitoring portion of the trip. Today we will learn about the gray whales, their incredible migration, and the importance of Magdalena Bay for breeding and calving to these magnificent creatures. After a brief orientation, we will board the pangas and head out in search of gray whales. Friendly whales often approach the boats, and the mothers are known to push the young calves closer, which can make for an incredible interaction between two species. In the afternoon we explore the magic of the greater Magdalena Bay complex, it’s vast, rolling sand dunes and winding mangrove canals teeming with birdlife. Budding chefs can pop into the kitchen for a class on regional cuisine before dinner. Sit by the fire tonight and swap stories with your fisher guides and learn about the crucial role they play in conserving the natural resources of Magdalena Bay by combining tourism with conservation.

In the morning, walk down to the beach to learn artisanal fishing techniques from local fishermen. We will bid farewell to our hosts and head out in the search for whales. Make sure your camera is handy to capture images of these magnificent giants. After a picnic lunch on a secluded barrier island, we start back for La Paz where the journey concludes.

What's Included

Lodging

3 Nights Camping

Activities

Boat Tour, Research Expedition, Snorkeling and Swimming

Guide

Bilingual guide

Food

Lunch

Transport

Boat

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RED Travel Mexico

Local/Foreign Owned Social Enterprise

A journey with RED takes you into the heart of nature and Baja California peninsula’s wildest reaches. From day-trips to multi-day adventures, RED Adventures will fill you with life changing experiences, immerse you in local culture and give you the opportunity to be a part of vital research and conservation projects. Private trips and group departures available!

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Getting There

Transport options

Get picked up (included)