Baja Expeditions

Baja Mexico: (ZZ-SKEC-19)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/outdoor_kayak_mexioco_baja_expedition.aspx

Introduction
Baja Mexico
10-Day Loreto to La Paz Kayaking Expedition

This classic sea kayak expedition is great for the adventurous paddler desiring to experience a remote area few people see. Encompassing 65 miles of coastline and offshore islands between Loreto and La Paz on the peninsula's eastern coast, this is Baja's classic sea kayak expedition. This coastline is one of the most remote and sparsely populated areas in all of Baja. There are no villages or towns, and the only access to the occasional fish camp is by sea.

The Sierra Giganta Range plunges into the Sea of Cortez, effectively isolating the area from the rest of the peninsula and creating a stunningly beautiful backdrop the entire trip. We'll make camps on beaches that dot the base of these magnificent mountains. Canyon hikes take us into the desert interior, while kayaking allows an intimate exploration of the many coves and sea caves.

The clear waters of the Sea of Cortez teem with colorful life, and the snorkeling around the shallow reefs and vertical ledges is excellent. We see pods of dolphins, as well as massive whales. You'll paddle past towering volcanic peaks, miles of unexplored beaches and forests of giant cardon cactus. Prehistoric-looking frigate birds circle high above while squadrons of pelicans glide across the glassy water. 

Please note that this tour is a panga supported tour to carry the heavier gear to camp so that this tour is more accessible for a variety of paddlers. Your extra luggage can be left behind at the Tour Hotel and will be transferring to your final destination for pick up once you finish your tour.



9-Day Isla Carmen Circumnavigation
Experience a remote area few people see. Encompassing 60 miles of coastline within the Loreto Bay National Marine Park, circumnavigating Isla Carmen in a sea kayak is one of Baja's best adventures. The Sierra Giganta Range plunges into the Sea of Cortez, creating a stunningly beautiful backdrop during your Baja kayaking trip.

Cliffs of red-hued basalt rising sharply out of the sea and the bold outlines of towering cacti provide the backdrop for paddling sea kayaks 60 miles on this little known, classic 9-day paddle of Baja California’s Isla Carmen, the largest island in Loreto Bay National Marine Park in the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California).

While visitors frequent the southern tip of Isla Carmen, the northern part of the island is a place few humans will ever set foot. On this unique paddle, you'll have a chance to snorkel with brilliant king angelfish and lobster, watch plunge-diving blue-footed booties, and search for a variety of whales (fin, humpback, blue whales).

You'll even find a historic element on this wildlife and nature tour. Mid-way around the island, you'll make a brief stop at Salinas Bay to visit an abandoned 19th century salt mine and coral chapel. A two-day paddle rounding the island’s remote north shore leads to Balandra Bay, where you can hike an arroyo into the island’s desert interior past saguaro-like cardon cactus and wild figs in the company of desert iguanas and big-horned sheep.  From your tented camps in sheltered coves, watch vermillion skies as they illuminate the banded layers of the Sierra de la Giganta range, the plume of a whale lingering in the still air, and leaping manta rays flopping back into the glassy water as guides dish out margaritas and delicious authentic Mexican food.

Each day's paddle will be around 4-5 hours of moderately paced paddling, stopping every 2 hours to rest. We'll spend the afternoons exploring by foot and snorkel. Activities include a nature hike up an arroyo, as well as opportunities for beachcombing, wildlife viewing, photography, stargazing, and swimming in crystal clear waters.

Accomodation


Accommodation
All nights are spent camping.

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.

Your guides will give a demonstration of how to set up and take down your provided dome tent. We also will provide you with a sleeping bag, liner sheet, pillow and an inflatable thermarest sleeping pad. 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.

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, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner, and pillow with pillow case.


Single and Triple occupancy:
Solo travelers will always have their own tent during kayaking tours, at no additional cost.



Meals
The source of many compliments, our legendary wilderness meals are prepared from fresh, healthy ingredients. Our specialty is Dutch oven cookery with savory main dishes like chili rellenos, baked salmon and vegetable lasagna; and delicious desserts from brownies to pineapple upside-down cake. We serve fresh ground coffee as well as an abundance of local fruits and vegetables. Wine and mixed drinks are served with hors d'oeuvres each evening for happy hour. There's a special emphasis on our meals because we believe you are entitled to gourmet dining in the wilderness as you are at home.

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. However, the itinerary may change due to reasons beyond our control such as wind, waves or inclement weather. Moreover, 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.

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner


Sample Itinerary: 10-Day Loreto to La Paz Kayaking Expedition - subject to changes

Day 0: Arrive in Loreto
Upon your arrival in Loreto take a quick cab ride to your hotel and check into your room (not 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.
Meals Included: 0 (Travel Day)
Accommodations: Not included


Day 1: Sea Kayaking
After breakfast the group meets outside the hotel to board the van for the drive south to our launch point near Puerto Escondido. At the beach the guides will give a comprehensive sea kayak instruction and then we'll paddle the kayaks down the coast to our first campsite.
Meals Included: L, D
Accommodations: Beach camping
Paddling duration: 5-6 hours


Day 2-9: Sea Kayaking & Camping
Each day's paddle is 7-12 miles; or 5-6 hours of moderately paced paddling, stopping every 2 hours to rest. We'll spend the afternoons exploring by foot and snorkel. Activities include a nature hike up an arroyo and visits to the remains of a Jesuit Mission and to a small fishing village, as well as opportunities for beach combing, wildlife viewing, photography, stargazing, and swimming in crystal clear water.
Meals Included: B, L, D
Accommodations: Beach camping
Paddling duration: 5-6 hours

Day 10: Arrive in La Paz
In the morning we break camp and paddle to our take-out site near Punta Coyote, where we'll be met by vans for transport to La Paz. After checking into the hotel there is time to shower and explore the town. This evening there is a no-host farewell dinner at a local restaurant fronting the yacht harbor, where we'll toast our new kayaking skills, and new found friends.
Meals Included: B, L
Accommodations: Not included
Paddling duration: 5-6 hours

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Sample Itinerary: 9-Day Isla Carmen Circumnavigation - subject to changes

Day 0: Arrive to Loreto
Upon your arrival in Loreto take a quick cab ride to the tour hotel and check into your room (not 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 for an evening orientation meeting.
Meals Included: 0 (Travel Day)
Accommodations: La Mision Hotel or similar


Day 1: Sea Kayaking
After breakfast the group meets outside the hotel to board the van for the drive south to our launch point near Puerto Escondido. At the beach the guides will give a comprehensive sea kayak instruction and then we'll paddle the loaded kayaks to Honeymoon cove at Danzante Island for lunch. We’ll have the time to do some hiking or snorkeling. After a short break we’ll paddle to Playa Blanca at Carmen Island which will be our first campsite. This beach will offer good swimming and snorkeling over reef as well as hiking and fossil identification opportunities. We’ll have time to explore the shoreline before our hors d'oeuvres.
Meals Included: L, D
Accommodations: Beach camping
Paddling duration: 4-5 hours

Day 2: Sea Kayaking to Carmen Island
We’ll start kayaking around the southern point of Carmen Island. On our way there will be great chances to see different kinds of birds like cormorants, blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, etc. We’ll make our first stop at Punta Colorada to have lunch. This beach is good for snorkeling. We’ll jump back into our kayaks and keep paddling while seeing the rock formations including long cliffs of limestone. Our next campsite is Arrollo Blanco, which is a big beautiful white sand arroyo surrounded by fossil beds. We can paddle into a nearby sea cave just to the south.  This beach offers great hiking and snorkeling. 
Meals Included: B, L, D
Accommodations: Beach camping
Paddling duration: 4-5 hours


Day 3: Ghost Towns
After a hot, filling breakfast, we will kayak along the white cliffs to Bahía Salinas. We will be getting closer to a water source so the chance to see big horned sheep will be bigger. We may take a break here depending on how the group feels. We will arrive at Salinas Bay, ready for a well deserved lunch break. After lunch we’ll hike into the abandoned ruins of a salt mine.
Meals Included: B, L, D
Accommodations: Beach camping
Paddling duration: 4-5 hours

Day 4: Kayaking in the Sea of Cortez
Be ready for the longest paddling day as we continue kayaking along the shore line, exploring. At Lengua de Grava beach, we will stop for lunch and a snorkeling break. After, we will head around Punta Lobos where there will be a great chance to discover sea lions. Continuing our paddle, and if the weather allows, we will kayak into the caves that are located just before our next campsite, El Refugio. This is a beautiful white sandy beach and there will be lots of time to explore and talk about the flora.
Meals Included: B, L, D
Accommodations: Beach camping
Paddling duration: 4-5 hours


Day 5: Kayaking in the Sea of Cortez
After breakfast we will jump back into our kayaks and start paddling along the cliffs. After a relaxing lunch break at Otho beach, we will continue kayaking to our next campsite at Balandra Bay.
Meals Included: B, L, D
Accommodations: Beach camping
Paddling duration: 4-5 hours

Day 6: Kayaking in the Sea of Cortez
Balandra Bay is a fishermen camp. We will spend the day at this beach, relaxing, exploring and resting our paddles. There is a nice hiking trail and more snorkeling opportunities.
Meals Included: B, L, D
Accommodations: Beach camping
Paddling duration: 4-5 hours


Day 7: Kayaking in the Sea of Cortez
After waking fully rested and refreshed, we hope back into our kayaks.  We will stop briefly at Marquer Bay to have lunch and snorkel. After this we continue paddling to our next campsite La Terraza where we take time to appreciate the cacti vegetation of this area.
Meals Included: B, L, D
Accommodations: Beach camping
Paddling duration: 4-5 hours


Day 8: Kayaking in the Sea of Cortez
We’ll start our way to our last campsite El Faro. The large sandy point of this beach offers some of the best wildlife viewing in the area.  Enjoy long hikes north to canyons and south to fossil beds and beautiful white sand beaches.  Snorkeling along rocks south of camp will offer more sea wildlife viewings.
Meals Included: B, L, D
Accommodations: Beach camping
Paddling duration: 4-5 hours

Day 9: Return to Loreto
After a final lunch, we break camp and paddle to our take-out site around 2 PM. Load van and proceed to Loreto. Check into hotel. No host farewell group dinner at a favorite local restaurant.
Meals Included: B, L
Accommodations: Not included
Paddling duration: 4-5 hours


Rates and Dates for Baja Expeditions

Rates include:

Camp accommodation, All meals while at camp, Kayak instruction, Professional naturalist guides & Taxes.
Sleeping bags/pads/liners, tents, kayak gear andsnorkeling equipment are provided
This trip is motorboat supported and will offer snorkeling and hiking opportunities.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    2021Loreto to La Paz: 10 day trip$2360
  • B
    2021Isla Carmen Circumnavigation: 9 day trip - High Season$2055
  • C
    2021Isla Carmen Circumnavigation: 9 day trip - Low Season$1995

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy


Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
B 2021 11/07 - 11/15 9d / 8n Isla Carmen Circumnavigation... 7 /14 Expired

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Hotel before and after the tour, Meals before or after the tour, Gratuities & Items of a personal nature.

Note:

Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For Baja Sea Kayaking Expeditions (ZZ-SKEC-19):

We are doing what we can in terms of creating additional precautions and procedures.
Time in the outdoors is always rejuvenating, and now, may be more important than ever. Being with others to share the joys of nature, connection and camaraderie in a healthy, supportive atmosphere has always been central to what we do. However, we cannot eliminate the risks associated with COVID-19 and only you can decide whether those risks are acceptable to you or not.

Effective Sept 7, 2020 - All guests making new reservations for travel on any of our Sea Kayak Adventures trips lasting 3 or more days, are required to purchase CFAR (cancel for any reason) Travel Insurance to protect their investment and ours. In the ever-changing world of COVID-19 where national, state and local regulations are unpredictable, this insurance protects both you and us.  It covers 100% of your trip price if you cancel for any of the standard "covered reasons" such as breaking your leg before the trip, or the need to stay home and care for a sick family member, but it also covers 75% of your trip price if you cancel for any reason such as regulations or changes that make it impossible to attend the trip. In addition, and as a bonus, we will allow the 25% of the trip price that is not covered to be applied to a future trip credit to be used in 2021 or 2022.
Should you refuse this insurance, you may opt to sign a document stating the refusal and acknowledging that there will be no refund nor credit given should you have to cancel, or should we be unable to perform the trip.

For the upcoming sea kayaking season, we will be adjusting our trips as detailed below:

  • Travel Groups: Generally we will strive to keep those traveling together in their own pod and refer to this as a “Travel Pod” a perfect name since so many of our trips include whale and dolphin watching, who also travel in pods.
  • Participants’ Health: Your health has always been a priority on our trips, and so moving forward we’ll be implementing a guest pre-trip screening process based on new standard operating procedures developed among a number of companies within the outfitting world. This will include a temperature check and answering standard questions.  Please understand that if you or a member of your household cannot meet the screening criteria, travel with us will not be possible.
  • Covid Code of Conduct: Since our trips are all group activities, we’ve always expected people to act with courtesy and respect towards others.  This year we are adding a COVID Code of Conduct that spells out the expectations of physical distancing and other precautions that are essential for all participants to follow and agree to.
  • Keeping your Distance: Sea Kayak Adventures is committed to maintaining recommended distances during all aspects of our trips whenever possible. Sea kayaking is a perfect distancing activity as people are in independent craft.  We primarily provide double kayaks, but do have singles for those traveling alone.  At our camps, there is plenty of space to spread out in the great outdoors.  Our outdoor dining areas will be more spacious than normal.
  • Transportation: When traveling in our hired vans to or from the starting and ending points, everyone is required to wear a mask.  If you prefer to drive your own vehicle, we can arrange to have it shuttled (for an extra fee). The vans we hire will have daily cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Trained Guides & 24/7 Support: Although many of our trips operate in wilderness environments, we carry marine radios and/or satellite phones for emergencies and have other communication strategies in place so that guides have additional resources as needed.  Our guides are trained in First Aid and CPR, and this season, are getting additional training regarding possible COVID-19 situations. Our long-standing protocols for evacuation remain in place, should that be necessary.
  • Meals: Our guides will be trained to follow professional guidelines for foodservice operations. Until further notice, our guides will be wearing masks while handling food. Rather than serving food in our traditional buffet line method, we will be serving plated meals to all our guests.  We will maintain a 6 feet space between our kitchen area and guests, while both preparing and serving food.
  • Cleaning: Additional precautions have been implemented to further clean and disinfect all surfaces of the various equipment we use, including kayaks, paddles, PFDs (personal flotation devices), door handles, portable toilets, etc.
  • Sanitizing: At camp, hand wash stations will be set up and all guides will have hand sanitizer and spray disinfectant as well.  We encourage you to bring your own hand sanitizer too.
  • Face Covering: Bring your preferred face covering, and we’ll supply a few extras on the trip in case you forget. Cloth masks, buffs, etc. are all good options. While we don’t anticipate needing to wear these frequently, there will be times when they are required such as at an indoor orientation meeting or when using group transport.

For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at https://www.hiddentrails.com/article/covid19update.aspx

Other Info
Meeting: Loreto
Airport: Loreto
Transfer: Loreto

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)