February: Sunday (or earlier)
Arrive at Loreto airport early afternoon the day before Day 1.
You will have the afternoon to stroll around town and enjoy a tasty dinner.
We will all meet for a trip orientation early evening!
Day 1 and 2: (Feb.: Mon/Tue)
We will travel in a van to Puerto Lopez Mateo and Magdalena Bay, where we spend half a day in a panga (motorized skiff) with a local pangero, observing the Gray whales and their calves in their breeding lagoon.
Lunch will likely be served at the Embarcadero and we will dine at our local favorite restaurant in Puerto Lopez Mateo. We will spend the night here at a hotel in walking distance to the lagoon.
The next day is another half a day on Mag Bay visiting with the gray whales. After lunch you are transported to our put in at Puerto Escondido where our adventure begins in the Sea of Cortez.
Depending on time and weather we might enjoy a short ride on our panga or start our kayak adventure right away ; either way we will arrive at our first island destination in the Sea of Cortez in time for hors d’oeuvres Baja style, and there will be ample time to set up tents, settle in, relax, or simply enjoy the fantastic view.
Days 3-5 :
We will spend the next three days in the Sea of Cortez where we combine our kayak paddling adventure with panga excursions out to the Blue Whale Triangle; we will likely spot dolphins, Humpback whales and hopefully: Blue whales. It is a breathtaking experience to say the least, to be up close and observe the largest animal on earth.
Our gear is transported to our base camps on the islands by our panga. You will either paddle in single or double kayaks. Mornings are usually spent watching for whales or paddling and exploring the dramatic shoreline of the islands. In the afternoons you will have the opportunity to try snorkeling or paddle boarding, or go hiking with our local guide and learn about the amazing natural history of the islands. Of course you can also simply read or relax on the beach!
Our Sea Trek cooks prepare healthy and tasty feasts, starting with early morning coffee and tea followed by breakfast, and ending with meals of fresh caught fish, fruit, mixed green salads, rice and tortillas- all while you are watching the sunset colors changing on the rock faces of the Sierra de la Giganta range.
Day 6: (Saturday)
After early morning breakfast we will paddle out to say our good-byes to this magnificent piece of the planet.