Espiritu Santo Island & Rancho Cacachilas

This expedition lets you enjoy both of Baja California's distinct magical worlds - you will divide your 7 days and 6 nights the Sea and the Sierra!  Our Espíritu Santo Island Eco Camp offers comfortable amenities in a Natural Protected Area. Each day brings new adventures: kayak in a paddler's paradise, hike up desert canyons, or swim and snorkel with schools of tropical fish.

Our founder Tim Means played a key role, together with a supportive community, in orchestrating the designation of the island group as a natural protected area. We hold the first and, to date, one of the very few minimum-impact base camp permits, and you may have neighbors down the beach including local school groups supporting ecology and conservation projectsa portion of the proceeds from your expedition goes to support this local programming.

In our Sierra section, you will be transported from La Paz up to the sites at Rancho Cacachilas, and for 4 days will be led by our knowledgeable guides so you can learn about the cultural, mining, and natural history of the Sierra Cacachilas. Each of the days will allow you to hike and explore different trails and sites. Also enjoy wine and cheese tastings, and sample fare from the organic gardens of the working ranches of Rancho Cacachilas. Also learn about research efforts in partnership with San Diego Museum of Natural History.

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Trip Details

Start/End Destinations
Start: La Paz
End: La Paz

Activities
Kayak, Snorkel, Hike

Expedition Type
Eco Camp (Espiritu Santo Island & Rancho Cacachilas)

Age Range
Little Ones — Grandparents

Trip Rating
Medium — plenty of activity, plenty of breaks

Season
November — April

Nov. 22 - 28, 2017

Dec. 20 - 26, 2017

Feb. 16 - 22, 2018

March 10 - 16, 2018

March 31 - April 6, 2018 

Season
November — April

Nov. 22 - 28, 2017

Dec. 22 - 26, 2017

Feb. 16 - 22, 2018

March 10 - 16, 2018

March 31 - April 6, 2018 

Trip Duration
7 days, 6 nights

Crew
Naturalist/Sea & Sierra Guide, Boat Captain, Chef, Camp Crew

Support Vessel
Panga Motor Skiff (Sea)

Camping
Safari-style Walk-in Tent

Itinerary Details

  • USD $1600/ person (based on double occupancy tents)
  • USD $750 Single Supplement 
  • Our flexible itineraries are designed to change with weather, tides, animals' habits, and participants' interests
  • Maximum: 10 guests; (Minimum: 4 guests to keep dates open)
  • Sessions with naturalists: Sea & Sierra
  • Water activities on the island in the Sea:
    • Paddle remote coves of Archipelago Natural Protected Area
    • Visit Los Islotes and snorkel with sea lions
    • Hikes & nature walks
  • Enjoy rancho life in the Sierra:
    • Mandala Trail (5 km) overlooking Cerralvo & Espritu Santo Islands
    • Las Cruces Trail (6-7 km)
    • Bandolero Trail (5 km) (moderate!)
    • Optional hike to explore deciduous forest 
  • Water transportation to Island, ground transportation to Sierra included
     

Gear Provided

Expedition gear, plus equipment for kayak, SUP, snorkel (Sea), and for bird watching, hiking (Sierra)

Food & Drinks

  • Local seafood and produce, healthy Mexican & International cuisine
  • Local fresh juices and waters
  • Cerveza, wine, spirits by request — in moderation

Other Cool Stuff

  • Kayak and paddleboard use at island
  • Bird watching
  • Day hiking
  • Sierra gourmet cheese tasting
  • Want to see more?  Visit our Photo Gallery
  • Contributions to preserve Wild Baja are greatly appreciated and tax deductible!

What Should You Bring?

  • Personal clothes and gear* 
    ~ April — October: layers for sun, heat and wind*  
    ~ November — March: layers for sun, cold and wind*
    (*detailed packing in Welcome Packet)
  • Camera
  • Willingness to explore
  • Art supplies, if desired
  • Gratuities for BE & RC teams at your discretion
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