Whale Watching – Missions – Oases

Whale Watching - Missions - Oasis

La Paz – Loreto – San Ignacio – Guerrero Negro – Santa Rosalia – Mulegé – Loreto – La Paz

Fascinating nature
11 days Marine animals Oasis

Whale watching, oases and missions in Baja California

Seeing the gray whales is an unforgettable experience in Baja California. Giant mammals swim thousands of kilometers looking for the right conditions to mate and raise their young in the subtropical waters of the pacific coast. The Ojo de Liebre lagoon, near the town of Guerrero Negro, is one of the favorite bays for whales and therefore the idea place to observe whales. A visit to the San Javier Mission in the Sierra de la Giganta (near Loreto) and the San Ignacio de Kadakaamán Mission, as well as the salt mine in Guerrero Negro complete this program.

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Day 1

Arrival at La Paz

Welcome at La Paz airport and transfer to your hotel.

The afternoon is free to visit the center of La Paz on your own and take a walk along the boardwalk or visit the square with the cathedral.

Day 2

La Paz – Lopez Mateos – Loreto

7:00 hours breakfast at the hotel, then the driver will be waiting for you at the hotel reception to Start your journey to Loreto.

Today you will make the first whale watching in the fishing village of López Mateos.

In the afternoon, travel to Loreto.

Overnight in Loreto

Day 3

Loreto – Concepción Bay - Santa Rosalía - San Ignacio

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer from Loreto to San Ignacio.

Today you will travel along the Concepción Bay. The picturesque backdrop, the unspoiled beaches and the imposing Cardón cacti are unique. The bay is located in a protected area, in which several species of birds, as well as whales, dolphins and whale sharks have their habitat.

On the way to San Ignacio you will also stop at Santa Rosalía. There you will visit the main square, the French Hotel and the iron church of Santa Bárbara de Santa Rosalía designed by Gustave Eiffel. Arrival in the afternoon at San Ignacio oasis.

 

Overnight in San Ignacio

Day 4

Whale watching excursion in the San Ignacio lagoon

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the San Ignacio lagoon for a second whale watching excursion.

Today you will see gray whales, which often get very close to small boats and can even be touched by tourists also, The little calves are very active and playful. A light meal is included. In the afternoon transfer back to the town of San Ignacio.

Overnight in San Ignacio

Day 5

Excursion to the Sierra San Francisco and the cave "La Cueva del Ratón"

Breakfast is included at the hotel, then your driver will be waiting for you at the reception to start your trip to Sierra San Francisco.

Drive on a partially unpaved road, up to about 1,130 meters above sea level. During the excursion, you will observe the Pacific coast with its charming landscapes, as well as a variety of cacti and endemic vegetation.

Sierra San Francisco has the most rock art on the Baja California peninsula. These are part of El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve. Visit “La Cueva del Ratón”, where there are rock carvings of the Chochimí indigenous people. Picnic is included on the site. In the afternoon transfer back to the hotel.

Overnight in San Ignacio

Day 6

San Ignacio - Guerrero Negro - Ojo de Liebre Lagoon - San Ignacio

Breakfast at the hotel is included, then the transfer to Guerrero Negro will begin.

At 40 minutes from Gerrero Negro is the Ojo de Liebre lagoon, where the largest number of whales are concentrated. On board your boat our guide will provide you with information about the migration and the route that gray whales travel each year during.

A short stop at the salt extraction plant and a short walk through the saffron dunes with a detour to the bird sanctuary complete the program.

Overnight in San Ignacio

Day 7

San Ignacio – Mulegé - Loreto

After breakfast, you will begin your journey back to Loreto. On the way, you will pass the “Las Tres Vírgenes” volcano.

The complex “the three virgins” is made up of three volcanoes: “El Viejo” in the northeast, “El Azufre” in the middle and “El Virgen” in the southwest. At 1,920 m, “El Virgen” is the highest mountain. At the foot of the still active volcano, you can walk to enjoy the nature of the place.

Later visit Mulege. The Santa Rosalía river flows there and forms an oasis. Date palms, olive trees, and fruit trees such as mango, guava, orange, and fig trees offer residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy delicious dishes in a desert climate. You will visit the main square and the old mission. From the viewpoint behind the Mission Church, you have a magnificent view of the green oasis with thousands of palm trees.

Arrival in Loreto late at night.

Overnight in Loreto

Day 8

Loreto – Sierra de la Giganta – Loreto

After breakfast, start your day trip to Sierra de la Giganta. The tour of the mountainous landscape, some with sea views, is an incomparable experience. You will visit the Mission of San Javier, which was built in 1699 by Salvatierra’s assistant, Father Francisco Piccolo.

The mission of San Javier was the second that the Jesuit missionaries built in the Baja California peninsula. Surrounded by mountains, cacti and olive trees.

Overnight in Loreto

Day 9

Loreto – La Paz

After breakfast, they will be waiting for you at the hotel reception. Today you will visit the Mission of Our Lady of Loreto. Our “Lady of Loreto Concho” is a Jesuit mission, considered the mother of missions throughout Baja California. It was founded in 1697 by Jesuit missionaries in the indigenous area of ​​Mongui.

Then, visit the museum, which has around 300 pieces on display, including archaeological remains, paintings, sculptures, and weapons from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Then you will travel 355 km from Loreto to La Paz. Along the way you will see endemic vegetation, various cacti and the coast of the Gulf of California.

Overnight in La Paz

Day 10

Tours in La Paz to Espiritu Santo Island

Shortly after breakfast, you will be picked up at the hotel reception to start your walk to Espiritu Santo island. On the island, as in the entire Gulf of California, there are more than 10000 species of animals, flora and fauna.

Besides the impressive views, you can see friendly sea lions and dolphins while snorkeling. Your snorkel gear is included. Enjoy your lunch at the edge of the beach.

In the afternoon you will tour the city of La Paz. You will visit the square and the cathedral.

Overnight in La Paz

Day 11

Excursion to Todos Santos and Cabo San Lucas

After breakfast, your driver will be waiting for you at the hotel reception to start your trip from Todos Santos to Los Cabos.

First you vill visit the Magic Town of “Todos Santos”, where the “Hotel California” is located. You will visit the city center, its mission and a small museum. Here you can admire traditional crafts and modern painting.

The trip continues to Los Cabos, where you will enjoy a boat ride past the “Playa del Amor” and the “El Arco” a rock formation. You will then be at the southernmost point of Baja California, which divides the Pacific Ocean and the “Mar de ​​Cortes”. Later, you will take a walk through the city along the boardwalk and the small port of Los Cabos.

Finally, transfer to the San José del Cabo airport (SJD).

For an extension in San José del Cabo and its surroundings, transfer to the hotel of your choice or  return to your hotel in La Paz for the night. Overnight on this day is not included in the program. We give you the opportunity to decide if you want to stay in San José del Cabo or La Paz.

Day 12

Airport transfer

This day is optional. If you have stayed in La Paz, the transfer to La Paz airport,  the bus station or the Pichilingue ferry port is included.

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We recommend venturing to travel on the legendary Chepe Express train through the Sierra Tarahumara, also known as the Copper Canyon. Ask us about the options for an extension. We are happy to extend the itinerary for you to visit the Copper Canyon and we will take care of the coordinating all services.

Tour: Whale Watching - Misiones - Oasis

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