Pacific Gray Whales (Drive-In)

San Ignacio Lagoon is a whale watcher’s paradise, as the Pacific gray whales make their annual migration south from the Arctic to these protected waters to mate and calve. The lagoon forms part of the Vizcaino Reserve, the largest Natural Protected Area in Latin America. Our programming supports local research efforts to learn about and protect gray whales and their habitat. It’s no wonder our trip is touted in “1,000 Places to See before You Die.” The trip rating is easy and is perfect for families.

You drive in, arriving at 3 p.m. Accommodations and meals are the same as for the guests flying in.  There are two whale-watching excursions every 24 hours, in which you'll go into the lagoon to observe and interact with the gray whales as they spy hop, breach and nurture their young. The stay also includes opportunities for nature walks and kayaking and bird watching in the mangrove estuaries. Our naturalists and guides will help you get the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime experience and learn more about the importance of our planet's large mammals like the gray whales. Flexible itineraries leave you time on either end to explore the town of San Ignacio.

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Trip Details

Start/End Destinations
Start: San Ignacio Lagoon (drive-in)
End: San Ignacio Lagoon (drive-away)

Activity
Wildlife Viewing

Expedition Type
Eco Camp

Age Range
Little Ones — Grandparents

Trip Rating
Easy — All Fitness Levels

Season
February — mid-April
Feb. 4-8, 2018 March 4-8 (Filling fast!)
Feb. 8-12, 2018 March 8-12, 2018
Feb. 12-16, 2018 March 12-16, 2018
Feb. 16-20 (sold out!) March 16-20, 2018
Feb. 20-24, 2018 March 20-24, 2018
Feb. 24-28, 2018 March 24-28, 2018
Feb. 28-4 March, 2018 April 1-5, 2018

Trip Duration
2 — 4 nights

Crew
Naturalist Guide, Boat Captain, Chef, Camp Crew

Support Vessel
Panga Motor Skiff

Camping
Safari-style Walk-In Tent

Itinerary Details

  • USD $370 USD per person, per night with 2 Whale watching sessions; based double occupancy tent
  • USD $310 USD per person, per night without Whale watching; based on double occupancy tent; USD$180 single supplement
  • 2 night minimum
  • Eco Camp Capacity: 24 guests per 5 -Day session; reserve the whole camp, or double-occupancy tents for your smaller group
  • Our flexible itineraries are designed to change with weather, tides and animals' habits
  • Self arrival & departure on first and last days
  • 2 whale-watching sessions per day in San Ignacio Lagoon
  • Sessions with naturalists

Gear Provided

Expedition gear, plus equipment for kayaking & bird watching

Food & Drinks

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

Other Cool Stuff

  • Ten-minute skiff rides into the lagoon from base camp and back again
  • Bird watching
  • Kayaking in Mangrove estuary
  • Want to see more?  Visit our Photo Gallery
  • Contributions to preserve Wild Baja are greatly appreciated, tax deductible, and help protect San Ignacio Lagoon!

What Should You Bring?

  • Personal clothes and gear:
    February — mid April: layers for sun, cold, and wind*
(*detailed packing list in Welcome Packet)
  • Camera
  • Willingness to explore
  • Art supplies, if desired
  • Enough to cover personal transportation costs
  • Gratuities for BE team at your discretion
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