Sea of Cortez & Whales

Baja Mexico: (ZZ-SKEC-29)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/outdoor_kayak_mexico_Sea_of_Cortez_Islands.aspx

Introduction
Baja Mexico
Our 10-day kayaking and whale watching combo tour is the ultimate Baja experience, combining watching the gray whales as they test the waters of the Pacific Ocean with their calve, exploring the beautiful desert islands in the Sea of Cortez by kayak and snorkeling along isolated coves in warm, turquoise waters.
It's truly the ultimate Baja tour. Enjoy 3 days of plush beach side camping at our exclusive Gray Whale Camp on Santo Domingo Island in Magdalena Bay; where you will get four chances to go eye-to-eye with gray whales then cross the Baja Peninsula to spend five days kayaking in the quaint town of Loreto.
January through March, hundreds of gray whales mate and bear their young in the protected waters of Magdalena Bay after traveling over 5000 miles from the Bering Strait. A motorized skiff will take you swiftly and safely into the deeper parts of the bay, where you won't just view the "mommy and me" action, you may be able to actually pet some of the whales that swim by. Staying on the island at our camp provides you with the opportunity to be delighted by a host of other wildlife such as dolphins, seals, sea lions, sea gulls, pelicans and more often right from camp! Plush camping allows you to relax and enjoy the scenery while your professional naturalist guides provide you with dinner, drinks, and plenty of education.
After you have had your fill of breaching, and spy hopping whales then head back over to Loreto for five days of Baja sea kayaking and camping on remote islands in Loreto Bay National Marine Park, where the surrounding water is a sanctuary for blue-footed boobies, fin and blue whales, dolphins and sea lions. The Sea of Cortez is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers the perfect blend of Baja kayaking, hiking and snorkeling. Abundant wildlife, massive whales, sunny weather and warm, crystalline waters make the Sea of Cortez one of the best winter adventure destinations in North America and Mexico.
With this tour, your first and last nights will be hotel-based in Loreto with an extra hotel night between kayaking and whale watching. All activities are led by naturalist guides, who dish out tasty chile rellenos and margaritas in tented beach camps at days end. You'll bring home a lifetime of memories.

Accomodation

Three nights at local hotel in Loreto or La Paz and 4 nights camping.

La Mision Hotel – Loreto
La Mision Loreto features an outdoor swimming pool and a spa center. Air-conditioned rooms offer free Wi-Fi, a fan, flat-screen satellite TV, iPod docking station and terrace or balcony. The bathroom is private and has shower, hairdryer and free toiletries.

Seven Crown Centro – La Paz
Located 250 m from La Paz Coast, the Seven Crown features an outdoor pool, terraces and free Wi-Fi. All rooms are air-conditioned and feature modern decoration. They come with a Cable flat-screen TV, a sofa, a work desk and a private bathroom with hairdryer.

Single and Triple occupancy:
If you are a solo traveler and wish to have your own hotel room (or we are unable to pair you up with another solo traveler), an additional single supplement fee is required.  Solo travelers will always be provided with a single tent while kayaking, but may be asked to share a large stand-up canvas tent with another guest at Magdalena Bay Whale Camp. If you are asked to share a tent at our whale camp, rest assured that tents are very spacious, full-height canvas wall tents, with two cots and plenty of room to stand and maneuver around your tent-mate without difficulty.  Please inquire at time of booking if you have any questions.
Triple occupancy is possible at accommodations in Loreto and La Paz for an extra fee.

Camping
Your guides will give a demonstration of how to set up and take down your provided dome tent. We will provide you with a sleeping bag, liner sheet, pillow and an inflatable thermarest sleeping pad.
When you get to your evening campsite all group members must be able to help carry the kayaks above the high tide line. You will change campsites almost every night, but may have a layover day. Campsites are assigned by the National Park Service immediately prior to the tour. We endeavor to secure the very best campsites for the natural beauty and amenities of the area.
There will be a kitchen/dining area and shade tarps where you can sit back and relax.

While kayaking, we can only carry enough fresh water for drinking and cooking. There are no fresh water sources on most of the coastline and islands we visit. You can clean up with saltwater and soap off above the high tide line, or bring disposable shower wipes.
A porta potty will fit into a hatch of the kayak or on the panga support boat, and will be transported to each campsite and set into a sheltered area for solid waste. Liquid waste can be expelled below the high tide line, or in a separate porta-potty bucket.

While on the whale watching portion of the tour, you will stay at our exclusive base camp located on a sand-dune barriers island. Our whale camp has pre-assembled roomy full-height wall tent with two cots, night stand, rectangular sleeping bag with clean sheet, small pillow, and comfortable self-inflating pad are provided for your convenience at camp. There is also a washroom tent with a portable toilet. We recommend packing biodegradable shower wipes to freshen up with as there is no fresh water at whale camp.

Please, note that there is no electricity at any of the camps. If you wish to charge your phone or other batteries, bring a power bank with you.

Note: We provide all necessary equipment for your selected tour, including: personal flotation devices (PFDs), snorkeling gear, all kayaking equipment, bikes, and paddle boards. 
We will also provide all necessary camping equipment for your tour, including: tent, cot, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner, and pillow with pillow case.  


Meals:
During this trip, all meals are included while camping and meals are not included while in La Paz or Loreto.
Our renowned wilderness meals are prepared daily by our guides using local, fresh, healthy ingredients. In Baja you can expect an authentic dining experience, with savory dishes like chiles rellenos, tostadas, ceviche, and chicken mole. We even serve delicious desserts like brownies and pineapple upside-down cake! Each morning, we serve up freshly brewed coffee or tea. Throughout the day we provide an abundance of local fruits, vegetables, and other snacks.
Wine and mixed drinks are served with hors d’oeuvres each evening for happy hour.

Special diets and dietary restrictions:
We do our best to accommodate special dietary requests, working within the parameters of the destinations in which we operate. If you have a very strict diet, we recommend packing extra snacks that you know you can eat.

This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Top Quality Kayaks

We paddle ahead of the competition by combining outstanding kayaking destinations with top quality kayaks. Whether you are a first-time kayaker or an experienced paddler, our fiberglass Seaward Southwind tandems and Navigator singles were hand-crafted with you in mind and provide optimum performance, stability and comfort. On some Baja tours, we use SEDA doubles and singles.

Exceptional Guides
It's the experience, professionalism and personality of your guides that ultimately make a trip a success. SKA guides know their outdoor skills as second nature, enjoy people, love and respect the environment and keep a constant weather eye on safety. Each trip has 2-3 guides to assist, inform, and lead the way so you get the most out of your time with us. They are experts at inspiring confidence and trust, as well as sharing conversation, knowledge, games and laughter - and they're great cooks!

Unparalleled Quality Service
We make a strong commitment to customer satisfaction. Impeccable service starts at our office with extensive pre-trip information, communication and immediate response to your questions - professional, yet personal and friendly at the same time. When you sign up, we'll send you our extensive trip handbook detailing all aspects of your adventure from travel arrangements to natural history. During the trip our quality service continues with your guides. Encouraging, respectful, knowledgeable and always smiling, each day they'll help you settle into camp, plan the days' activities, then prepare delicious meals. Our goal is to make sure your vacation is hassle-free from the moment you make your reservation until you're back home. We'll even follow up with you after your trip ends, as your feedback is vital to ensuring our excellent service.

Uncompromising Comfort & Safety

Your safety, comfort and enjoyment are our priorities. Any concerns about risks and physical abilities are handled with the greatest care by our office staff and trip leaders. Your guides are always in close proximity, well equipped and specially trained to handle emergency situations. Your trip leader will provide a comprehensive kayak orientation and safety discussion before you begin paddling. We take your concerns or apprehensions to heart - to make kayaking a positive, fulfilling experience for you. We are fully licensed and permitted to operate in the areas we do, by all necessary government authorities in both Canada and Mexico.

Environmental Ethic
Our tour philosophy combines ecological awareness and low-impact camping techniques with a passion to share these unique ecosystems with our guests. Our belief is "educate, respect, protect". SKA actively supports a number of conservation organizations including The Marine Conservation Association, The Natural Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy and The Ocean Conservancy. We are fully licensed and permitted to operate in the areas we do, by all necessary government authorities in both Canada and Mexico, and pay all required taxes and fees. We promote the hiring and development of local guides, and the protection of the areas' natural resources. We were the first to pioneer the design, manufacture and use of a porta potty that kayaks can carry, and we pack out all our waste products, and recycle all we can.

Itinerary

Note on Itinerary: Approximate paddling distances listed can vary depending on group size and weather. We will do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above. However, the itinerary may change due to reasons beyond our control such as wind, waves or inclement weather. Please Note: Although there is a very good chance we'll see whales and other marine life throughout the week, the frequency, proximity, and quality of sightings will ultimately be determined by the wildlife.

Sample Itinerary – San Ignacio Bay departure (Loreto only)

Day 1: Welcome to Loreto in Baja!
Upon your arrival in Loreto take a quick cab ride to the tour hotel and check into your pre-assigned room (included in trip cost).  Spend your afternoon exploring the beautiful town of Loreto.  You can tour the historic Mission located in the center of town, stroll through the local market and dine on authentic Mexican cuisine before meeting your guides in the hotel lobby for an evening orientation meeting.
Accommodations: La Mision Hotel or similar                                                                                                                               
Meals Included: 0 (travel day)


Day 2: Whale Watching in Magdalena Bay
At 7:30am SHARP a van will arrive to transport you two hours to Puerto Lopez Mateos, Magdalena Bay on the Pacific Coast.  Here you will have your first whale watching session as you take a federally-licensed skiff from Puerto Lopez Mateos out to Santo Domingo Island where Whale Camp is located.  Upon arrival to camp you will have a chance to unload your gear and settle into your pre-assembled tent before sitting down to a hearty lunch.  After lunch, your guides will lead you on a hike across the dunes of Santo Domingo Island to the Pacific Ocean where you can then meander down the beach back to camp for happy hour and dinner under the stars.
Accommodations: Camping
Meals Included: L, D
    

Day 3: Whale Watching in Magdalena Bay
Arise to the sounds of birds chirping and waves lapping the shore as coffee and tea are prepared to great you and the morning sun.  Feel free to stroll along the beach, sip your coffee, and watch the whales as your guides prepare a hot breakfast.  You will have two whale watching sessions by federally-licensed skiff today, with plenty of time for dune walking, hiking, and relaxing on the sand while whales frolic offshore. You can also elect to do birding tours in the mangrove areas of the lagoon instead of whale watching, or part whale watching, part birding sessions.
Accommodations: Camping
Meals Included: B, L, D


Day 4: Return to Loreto
You will enjoy one final two hour whale watching session after breakfast in the morning before returning to Puerto Lopez Mateo by skiff.  Take a few minutes when returning to Puerto Lopez Mateo to explore the small local shops at the port and possibly purchase a commemorative token before heading out to enjoy a hot seafood lunch at a local restaurant.  After lunch check back into the tour hotel for a shower or stroll along the waterfront before an orientation meeting, located in the lobby of the tour hotel, for the kayaking portion of your tour.
Accommodations: La Mision Hotel or similar                                                                                                                       
Meals Included: B, L


Day 5: Time to go kayaking
Please eat breakfast and be packed by the meeting time, where you will be shuttled to the kayak put-in site. After loading the boats, your guides will teach you the basics of paddling and thoroughly review safety procedures. The group won't leave shore until all participants feel comfortable. You’ll make 50-minute, 2 to 3-mile crossings to the off-shore islands where you’ll have a chance to snorkel and hike before lunch, and then kayak to your first night's campsite.  Several campsites have desert arroyo hikes which offer spectacular views as well as some of the desert flora unique to Baja.
Accommodations: Camping
Meals Included: L, D
Paddling duration: 3-4 hours


Day 6-8: Camping and kayaking in the Sea of Cortez
The days begin with spectacular sunrises and end with delightfully cool evenings, enjoying sunsets, star-gazing, moonrise, or even bioluminescence in the sea on moonless nights. You will paddle and explore the scenic cliffs and coves of Danzante and Carmen in the Loreto Bay National Marine Park/UNESCO World Heritage Site. Camping on sandy beaches allows for superb swimming, tide pooling, snorkeling, beachcombing and hiking. Plan to paddle to a new camp site every day, wind permitting, with one layover day at the same site. Roomy dome tents are provided, although with Baja's lack of insects you may be tempted to sleep out under the stars. Several campsites have desert arroyo hikes which offer spectacular views as well as some of the desert flora unique to Baja.
Accommodations: Camping
Meals Included: B, L, D
Paddling duration: 3-4 hours per day

Day 9: Return to Loreto
After a final breakfast, you will paddle to the take-out site and unpack your kayak while the guides prepare lunch.  A van will return you to the hotel mid-afternoon to relax and clean up.  In the evening, you are invited to join your group for an optional final farewell dinner (no host) to say good-bye and toast new found kayaking skills and friends.
Accommodations: La Mision Hotel or similar                                                                                                                                 
Meals Included: B, L


Day 10: Departure Day
There are no scheduled activities today so you may depart Loreto at any time. Travel home or continue on another adventure such as one of our single day Trip Extension options.
Meals Included: 0 (travel day)

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Itinerary – Magdalena Bay departure (Loreto or La Paz)

Day 1: Welcome to La Paz in Baja!
Upon your arrival in La Paz take a quick cab ride to the tour hotel and check into your pre-assigned room (included in trip cost).  Spend your afternoon exploring the beautiful town of La Paz.  We highly recommend a stroll at sunset along the waterfront walkway. There are a variety of restaurants with ocean views, or look up our local restaurant guide for fun cuisine recommendations before meeting your guides in the hotel lobby for an evening orientation meeting.
Accommodation La Paz: Seven Crown Centro                                                                                                                                   
Meals Included: 0 (travel day)


Day 2: Whale Watching in Magdalena Bay
Wake early with the Baja sun to meet your shuttle at 6 am to travel the 3.5 hours to Puerto Lopez Mateos, Magdalena Bay on the Pacific Coast.  You will stop along the way for some Baja breakfast and coffee before arriving in Magdalena Bay. Here you will have your first whale watching session as you take a federally-licensed skiff from Puerto Lopez Mateos out to Santo Domingo Island where Whale Camp is located.  Upon arrival to camp you will have a chance to unload your gear and settle into your pre-assembled tent before sitting down to a hearty lunch.  After lunch, your guides will lead you on a hike across the dunes of Santo Domingo Island to the Pacific Ocean where you can then meander down the beach back to camp for happy hour and dinner under the stars.
Accommodations: Camping
Meals Included: L, D


Day 3: Whale Watching in Magdalena Bay
Arise to the sounds of birds chirping and waves lapping the shore as coffee and tea are prepared to great you and the morning sun.  Feel free to stroll along the beach, sip your coffee, and watch the whales as your guides prepare a hot breakfast.  You will have two whale watching sessions by federally-licensed skiff today, with plenty of time for dune walking, hiking, and relaxing on the sand while whales frolic offshore. You can also elect to do birding tours in the mangrove areas of the lagoon instead of whale watching, or part whale watching, part birding sessions.
Accommodations: Camping
Meals Included: B, L, D

Day 4: Return to La Paz
You will enjoy one final two hour whale watching session after breakfast in the morning before returning to Puerto Lopez Mateo by skiff.  Take a few minutes when returning to Puerto Lopez Mateo to explore the small local shops at the port and possibly purchase a commemorative token before heading out to enjoy a hot seafood lunch at a local restaurant.  After lunch check back into the tour hotel for a shower or stroll along the waterfront before an orientation meeting, located in the lobby of the tour hotel, for the kayaking portion of your tour.
Accommodation La Paz: Seven Crown Centro                                                                                                                                   
Meals Included: B, L


Day 5: Time to go kayaking
Please eat breakfast and be packed by the meeting time before you board a boat for our shuttle to Espiritu Santo Island. Upon arrival to the beach, your guides will teach you the basics of paddling and thoroughly review safety procedures. You won't leave shore until all participants feel comfortable in the boats, and then you will kayak to the first night's campsite. Our motorized support boat carries all the heavy gear, food and water so your kayaks are light and easy to paddle.
Accommodations: Camping
Meals Included: L, D
Paddling duration: 3-4 hours


Day 6-8: Camping and kayaking in the Sea of Cortez
Awake to freshly brewed coffee and tea as the sunrise spills golden light onto this serene desert island. After a warm breakfast prepared by your guides, you'll pack your belongings into the kayaks for the morning paddle. Expect to kayak about 4 hours per day, including floating rest stops, moving along the coast to a new campsite each night. You'll enjoy a long lunch break between the morning and afternoon paddle, and occasional floating rest stops while kayaking. During lunch and before happy hour, you'll have plenty of opportunity for snorkeling with Baja's plentiful reef fish, hiking the island's arroyo trails, or just relaxing on the sandy beaches. Enjoy stunning landscapes, unique geology, and watch as the subtle nuances of the Baja desert landscape unfolds into a natural masterpiece through interpretive hikes and talks by your highly-educated guides. At night, the lack of light pollution reveals constellations you've never seen! Enjoy the stars through the comfort of your dome-tent, or sleep underneath them on the sand. When the moon hides behind the canyon peaks, you can even see brightly-glowing blue bioluminescence in the water.
Meals Included: B, L, D
Paddling duration: 3-4 hours per day


Day 9: Return to La Paz
After a final breakfast, you'll take a short motorboat ride to visit the friendly sea lions at Los Islotes. This colony is accustomed to people snorkeling among them, and curious pups are often eager to interact with people. After getting your fill of whiskers and flippers, the panga will drive you back to La Paz and the hotel (ah, showers!). You're invited this evening to join your group and guides for an optional farewell dinner at a delicious local restaurant (not included in trip cost). Recount your tales and toast your new friends before relaxing into a real bed.
Accommodations: Seven Crown Centro Hotel
Meals Included: B, L


Day 10: Departure Day or Optional Day Tour Snorkeling with Whale Sharks
There are no scheduled activities today so you may depart La Paz at any time. Travel home or continue on another adventure such as the Whale Shark Snorkel Tour. Visit the hotel cafe or a local restaurant for breakfast before your departure. Depending on your flight arrangements, you may have time for a morning promenade on the malecon of La Paz bay to say your farewells to Baja. If you're flying via San Jose del Cabo, ensure that you have adequate time in your itinerary to shuttle from La Paz to Cabo.
Meals Included: 0 (travel day)


Rates and Dates for Sea of Cortez & Whales

Rates include:

Accommodations (3 nights hotel & 3 nights camping), Sleeping bags/pads/liners, tents, camping and kayak gear, snorkeling gear, instruction, professional naturalist guides, meals at camp, and taxes are all included as well.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    2019 10 days, AP (3 days of whale watching and 5 days of Sea kayaking) - Magdalena Bay departure$2295
  • B
    2019 10 days, AP (3 days of whale watching and 5 days of Sea kayaking) - San Ignacio Bay departure$2395

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2019 Single supplement $180
2019 Chid Discount (16 and younger) $-160
2019 Additional transportation fee for LaPaz Departure (Magdalena Bay) $50

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Airfare, transportation to and from airport, gratuities, $25 National Parks & Biosphere Reserves access fees required by itinerary and meals in town (while not camping).

Other Info
Meeting: Loreto airport, Mexico
Airport: Loreto
Transfer: Loreto airport, Mexico

Climate:
                                                La Paz area
 

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

78

81

85

91

95

100

101

100

98

94

86

79

Average Low Temperature (°F)

54

55

56

59

62

67

74

77

76

70

62

57

Average High Temperature (°C)

26

27

29

33

35

38

38

38

37

34

30

26

Average Low Temperature (°C)

12

13

14

15

16

19

24

25

24

21

17

14

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

3

2

1

0

0

Source: NOAA


Seasons
Baja has a desert climate. The weather is typically dry, warm, and sunny, with temperatures ranging between 60 - 90 F. While it may be very warm during the day, temperatures can drop down to the 60’s (50’s at Whale Camp) during the evening hours. Please plan to pack appropriate layers for the evenings. If you are interested in more specific information regarding the weather in Baja, we highly suggest this website (http://www.wunderground.com/history/ ). If you put in the location you are traveling, and the date, it will provide you with historical weather data that you can use to plan for your upcoming adventure.

Loreto is in a desert where the possibility of rain is very small, but it can happen. Winds can occur anytime but are more frequent from December through February. If it’s too windy to paddle your guides will have alternative activities for guests to enjoy. There are opportunities to snorkel, hike or just relax on the beach with a margarita. We plan our itineraries to minimize risks posed by weather, but there is always an element of unpredictability in nature. The risk capsizing is reduced by our stable boats, but exists. All of our kayak guides are certified in kayak rescue.

Traditionally, the preferred seasons for visiting Baja are autumn and spring because the weather is temperate.


Winter
The weather in Baja is generally mild in the winter. Water temperatures in the Sea of Cortez is pleasant year-round with the minimum being 65 degrees F in December. Winter can bring ideal weather to Baja California Sur and the Cape area, while the Pacific coastal regions of northern Baja can bring welcome relief from the summer heat of other parts of the peninsula.

Spring

Spring day-time temperatures average 75 to 90 degrees F and night-time temperatures average 50 to 65 degrees F between mid-March and May.
Water temperatures in the Sea of Cortez is usually around 73 degrees F in May requiring the use of a shorty 3mm wet suit for extended snorkeling.

Summer
Summers are generally warm but the proximity to water makes the heat more bearable.

Fall
In October and November, air temperatures range from 80 to 90 degrees F and water temperatures range from 75 to 80 degrees F. Autumn, can be hurricane season, so it’s a good idea to check the weather before departure.


Special note – whale watching
The islands of Loreto National Marine Park, located in the Sea of Cortez, are home for 6 different species of whales including Blue, Fin, Sei, Humpback, Bryde's and Pilot whales. From January through April look for spectacular sightings of Blue, Fin and Humpback whales in the warm, calm waters near Loreto on our Sea of Cortez Islands tours. Magdalena Bay and San Ignacio Lagoon, on the opposite side of the peninsula, are both world-renowned winter nursery grounds of the Gray whales. From late-January to mid-March is the best time to see gray whales.

What To Bring:
The packing list outlined below is meant to serve as a guide to help you plan, prepare and outfit yourself for your upcoming travels. Below, we have provided our best recommendations and suggestions. These suggestions are broken down by your tour type and are based on the outlined itinerary, the geographic region, our knowledge of Baja, and our personal experience. We hope you find this list helpful, use it as a guide and feel free to amend it with your favorite travel items too!

Gear Provided:
We provide all necessary equipment for your selected tour, including: personal flotation devices (PFDs), snorkeling gear, all kayaking equipment, bikes, and paddle boards. We will also provide will also provide all necessary camping equipment for your tour, including: tent, cot (on whale camp & multi-sport tours), sleeping pad, sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner, and pillow with pillow case.

Luggage Recommendations:
Our adventures are best enjoyed if you travel light. We think it is wise to avoid checking any luggage under the plane. If you do check a bag, make sure that you have everything that is either essential or would be hard to replace, with you in your carry-on. Please see below for our specific luggage recommendations for your sea kayaking, whale watching, or multi-sport tour.

1. One roll-on (ideally a non-hard-sided version) or duffle luggage that meets carry-on requirements – This will serve as your main piece of luggage for the trip. You can leave luggage behind in storage at your tour hotel during your kayaking or whale watching tour. If desired, you can pack an extra soft-sided duffle inside your main luggage for souvenirs on your return flight. Again, while we recommend using only carry-on luggage, checking baggage can be done at your discretion.

2. One small day pack (Non-Kayaking Tours) – This dual purposed pack can serve as your personal item during your flights as well as your day pack during the tour (except on kayak tours, as explained in the dry bag section below). Outside zippered pockets are nice and allow you to organize your travel gear. Carry medications, travel documents, important personal items and other essentials or “hard to-replace” items in this on the plane.

3. Dry bags (Kayaking Tours Only): At the orientation meeting on the evening before we start kayaking, we will provide each guest with 3 dry bags (two 20-Liter bags and one 10-Liter bag). Your kayaking guides will provide a full explanation of how to use and pack your dry bags. That evening you will pack all of your gear for your kayaking tour into your three dry bags. The rest of your luggage can be checked into the locked hotel closet the following morning before departing for your tour.


Packing List Essentials:
? Passport – must be valid for at least six (6) months after the date of your arrival
? A photocopy of your passport, inside a ziplock bag and stowed elsewhere in your luggage (As an additional precautionary measure, consider leaving a photocopy with family or friends at home as well)
? Copy of your air tickets with ticket numbers, placed elsewhere in your luggage
? Plan to use cash (pesos) for small purchases, taxis and gratuities
? Credit and/or Debit/ATM card that works internationally, ideally with chip technology (Before leaving home, notify your bank of your travel to help prevent any fraud detection holds on your card)
? Watch or small travel clock with alarm (if you are taking a phone, this can serve as your alarm clock)
? Money belt or concealed passport carrier to carry your passport, travel documents and money, hidden under your clothing
? TSA-accessible lock for luggage security when not on your person (optional- can buy these at any travel or outdoor recreation store)

Adventure Clothing:
? One - three pair long, lightweight, nylon pants with zipper pockets (zip off legs give you more options)
? One- two pair nylon shorts (this can double as a swimsuit for the guys)
? Swimsuit
? Sarong (optional but super handy for changing clothes, laying on the ground, etc.)
? One - three short sleeve button-up shirt(s) or t-shirt(s) (synthetic is best)
? One - three long sleeve shirts for sun protection (tight-weave nylon shirts with SPF protection made by companies such as Columbia, Patagonia, Exofficio or REI etc. Sun protection is essential)
? Underwear (synthetic is best)
? One wide-brim, tie-on hat (the floppy nylon variety is ideal, as it packs well.)
? One lightweight raincoat (a windbreaker that has some waterproof qualities will work as well)
? Three pair light synthetic or merino wool socks
? One pair sturdy trail shoes, or running shoes, to use for hiking and for casual camp time
? One pair sandals with ankle straps to wear while kayaking, on the beaches, walking around towns, etc. (Chaco, Keens or Tevas are preferred but there are many other brands that are suitable)
? Extra synthetic or wool layers (e.g. long underwear) for warmth during cool evenings

Casual Pre & Post Activity Clothing:
? One - two other comfortable pairs of pants/shorts/skirts/dresses
? One - two short sleeve, long sleeve and/or button up shirt(s)
? One light sweater or jacket for warmth in the evenings and mornings
? One pair pajamas
? Underwear and socks

Gear and Other Essentials:
? One pair of paddling gloves (optional for all kayaking tours)
? Small day pack or fanny pack for hikes (optional)
? One water bottle, 1 liter or larger (A bottle that fits in a daypack pocket or clips to the outside is ideal)
? One buff or bandana for sun protection and cooling off
? Camera/batteries/battery charger (Mophie battery packs for all USB enabled devices are a great option)
? Waterproof Camera Case (For non-waterproof cameras you may want to bring a small dry box or bag to use while kayaking)
? Binoculars (Optional but nice for bird and wildlife watching)
? Sunglasses, polarized are highly recommended for sun protection and enhanced clarity (Extra pair of sunglasses and glasses/contacts)
? Retaining strap for glasses and sunglasses (Chums, Croakies or similar item)
? Flashlight or Head Lamp
? Three to four kitchen garbage can liners – for wet clothes, dirty laundry, soiled shoes, etc.
? A few quart-size or 1-gallon ziplock bags for packing sunscreens, lotions or anything that might make a mess
? Books or E-reader, pen and note pad, iPod/small portable music player with headphones (optional) (we recommend 1-2 books at most; keep games and “extras” small in size and to a minimum) ? Towel (small lightweight towel, backpacking style works great)

Toilet Kit/First Aid:
? Standard toiletry kit including general hygiene products, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. (keep liquids under 3.38 oz.(100ml) for carry-on)
? Insect Repellent Bug Spray or Bug Balm
? Sun Screen and Lip balm with SPF 15-30
? Pre-moistened toilette packets or disposable shower wipes to refresh
? Personal medicines and Prescriptions (Dramamine-motion sickness, Benadryl -allergic reactions, Advil or Aspirin, etc.)
? Heavy duty skin lotion for dry, sun-baked and salted skin
? Small squeeze bottle of hand-sanitizer gel
? Shampoo and soap (we recommend biodegradable, multi-purpose options)

Whale Camp Travelers:
If you are visiting one of our Whale Camps, either Magdalena Bay or San Ignacio Lagoon, we would like to offer the following additional suggestions:
-Use Soft Sided Luggage: We do not use dry bags for our Whale Camp tours. If you will be joining us at Whale Camp, we suggest using soft sided luggage for your main bag. Your bag will accompany you to our Whale Camp, where it will be transported by Van and Panga. Using soft sided luggage will make this transfer easier.
-Pack An Extra Layer: The evenings and early mornings at Magdalena Bay and San Ignacio Lagoon can be chilly. We suggest packing a lightweight synthetic or down jacket, synthetic or merino wool long underwear, and a knit hat.
-Pack Extra Batteries: You will likely take a lot of photos while whale watching. Packing extra batteries will ensure you don’t miss any great shots. (While we do have a solar charger available at our whale camps, please don’t plan on this as your sole source of power)
-Pack A Book Or Small Games: Our Whale Camp tours offer free time in the afternoons and evenings. You can always go for a hike, stroll the beach or hang out with fellow guests; however if you think you may want to just relax, pack an e-reader or book, and some small travel games.

Kayaking Clothing Suggestions:
We highly suggest that all of your kayak clothing is synthetic or wool, not cotton. Synthetics are also ideal for activity, as they wick away moisture from the body and dry quickly. (Added SPF protection in your clothing is always a great option for Baja)

Re-Wear Your Clothes:
The suggested numbers of clothing items are based on a one week adventure tour. We suggest using 1-2 kayaking or touring outfits, and 1-2 camp outfits that you will reuse throughout the trip. You are welcome to bring extra clothing for before or after your trip. (Note: If you are on a combo tour, and will be returning to the hotel in between activities, this is a great opportunity to wash some of your clothing in the hotel sink or bathroom.)