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Baja Travel

Kayaking Baja's Coast & Islands

Loreto to La Paz

from $1,350
9 days

Trip Type

Sea

Small Group Journey

When To Go

Mar - May / Oct - Nov

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Trip Summary

This is the perfect escape for the enthusiastic sea kayaker seeking the pace and feel of a true vacation. Combine paddling a beautiful, remote section of the Baja coastline with camping on the stunning islands of San Jose and Espiritu Santo and you have a snorkeler and paddler's dream, offering unique scenic beauty combined with abundant wildlife viewed from above and below the water's surface.  Enjoy the warm (80 degrees F) Sea of Cortez waters in the fall for snorkeling to your heart's content, while spring trips are characterized by warm, calm days and possible encounters with migrating whales. Kayaking along this section of the Baja coastline allows for the opportunity to explore a region accessible only by water filled with isolated beaches, canyons, arroyos filled with palm trees dotted with small fishing villages and ranches. Most of your crew grew up in this area which adds a unique insight into the local culture as you visit their relatives and learn about the regional history.

Group sizes are minimum 4, maximum 16 and while departure dates are fixed, groups of 4 or more can request a custom departure date (please inquire for details).  On each trip, a flexible itinerary and skiff support facilitate a variety of activities including side trips for fishing, snorkeling, hiking and possible whale watching. Motorized support skiffs make for a safe and luxurious sea kayaking excursion. The skiffs are available for emergencies and to carry heavy equipment from camp to camp making kayaks light and easy to paddle so you can simply take in the serenity of the Baja coastline in this extraordinary once-in-lifetime adventure.

Activities
Kayaking
Camping
Snorkeling
Whale Watching

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

Loreto

Leave the U.S.A. and fly to Loreto, Mexico. Transfer to the hotel in Loreto, afternoon on your own to explore this tranquil seaside town, overnight hotel.

Accommodation Details

Hotel Oasis

Day 2

Puerto Escondito - Ballenita Cove

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer by van to Puerto Escondido (1/2 hour) and take a two hour boat ride to our first camp at Ballenita cove. Get settled with your gear, lunch and afternoon kayak orientation and paddle around the bay 3-4 miles. [B/L/D]

Accommodation Details

Baja Beach Tent Camp

Day 3 - 7

Sea of Cortes Island Hopping

Kayaking south along the Baja peninsula coastline from 8 to 15 miles per day with visits to San Jose and Espiritu Santo Islands. Overnight at camps on isolated beaches along the way at locations such as Puerto Gato, Punta Colorada, Islas San Jose and Espiritu Santo (where we snorkel with friendly sea lions). Taking a break from paddling we'll hike up canyons, go snorkeling to explore the fascinating underwater world of the Sea of Cortez or jump in the skiff for an occasional morning of fishing. Of course, there's always the option of relaxing at camp with a good book on the enchanted Baja coast. Breaks at Tembabichi, Los Burros Punta Alta or El Pardito give us a chance to visit the friendly Mexican families living on the coast and interpret the rich history of the area from stories passed on from their ancestors who have pearled, farmed, ranched and fished this coast since the 1800s. [B/L/D]

Accommodation Details

Baja Beach Tent Camp

Day 8

La Paz

Depart your last camp on Espiritu Santo Island and transfer by boat to La Paz (approximately 1 1/2 hours) after lunch. Check into our hotel, the Posada Luna Sol, with the afternoon free to shower and take a walk into downtown La Paz before meeting for our farewell dinner that evening. [B/L/D]

Accommodation Details

Posada Luna Sol

Day 9

La Paz

Depart La Paz.

Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE DATERate Per PersonSingle Supplement
Nov 7 - 15, 2015$1,350$125 Additional
Nov 21 - 29, 2015$1,350$125 Additonal
Mar 12 - 20, 2016$1,400$125 Additonal
Apr 23 - May 1, 2016$1,400$125 Additonal
May 7 - 15, 2016$1,400$125 Additonal

View Rate Notes

The above rates are per person, based on double occupancy and in US dollars unless indicated otherwise.

Deposit: $200 per person. Deposits may be paid by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express).

Final Payment: Due 60 days prior to departure.  Final payment is payable by check or wire only.

Additional Costs:

  • Loreto Transfers: $10 per person
  • Single Supplement: $125 hotel and tent, $25 for tent only and shared hotel

Child Policy: Children permitted ages 12 and up. 

Included: La Paz airport/hotel transfers, 2 nights hotel accommodation based on double occupancy, all meals from breakfast day 2 through a farewell dinner in town the last evening of the trip, purified drinking water with powder drink mixes and an evening cocktail. Community camp equipment including kayaks and associated equipment, tents, motorized skiffs, captains, guides and crew/cooks.

Not included: Airfare, meals on travel days to and from Baja, Loreto airport/hotel transfers extra cost $10 per person, beer or soft drinks (there will be an option to purchase these and we will provide coolers with ice for storing them at camp), personal gear such as sleeping bags, pads, snorkel gear and wet suits (available for rent in Baja) and guide gratuities.

Cancellation Policy:  

  • 60 days or more before departure: Deposit refunded, less a USD$200 service charge per person.
  • 0 - 60 days or less prior to departure: Full payment will be applied as a cancellation penalty.

Cancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are non-refundable.
Reservations cancelled after final payment due date are subject to loss of full cruise fare. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive this policy. You may apply the cost from a canceled trip to another trip within one year of the canceled trip date with an additional $100 charge. Operator reserves the right to cancel the trip if the minimum of 4-6 passengers is not met 30 days prior to departure and you will be given a full refund.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

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Accommodations

Trip Policy

Included: La Paz airport/hotel transfers, 2 nights hotel accommodation based on double occupancy, all meals from breakfast day 2 through a farewell dinner in town the last evening of the trip, purified drinking water with powder drink mixes and an evening cocktail. Community camp equipment including kayaks and associated equipment, tents, motorized skiffs, captains, guides and crew/cooks.

Not included: Airfare, meals on travel days to and from Baja, Loreto airport/hotel transfers extra cost $10 per person, beer or soft drinks (there will be an option to purchase these and we will provide coolers with ice for storing them at camp), personal gear such as sleeping bags, pads, snorkel gear and wet suits (available for rent in Baja) and guide gratuities.

Cancellation Policy:  

  • 60 days or more before departure: Deposit refunded, less a USD$200 service charge per person.
  • 0 - 60 days or less prior to departure: Full payment will be applied as a cancellation penalty.

Cancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are non-refundable.
Reservations cancelled after final payment due date are subject to loss of full cruise fare. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive this policy. You may apply the cost from a canceled trip to another trip within one year of the canceled trip date with an additional $100 charge. Operator reserves the right to cancel the trip if the minimum of 4-6 passengers is not met 30 days prior to departure and you will be given a full refund.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

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