More than 40 years ago, Tim Means had a vision – to spend the rest of his life exploring and preserving the natural world he grew up learning to respect. Tim founded Baja Expeditions in the early 1970s, and the company pioneered eco-tourism in the Sea of Cortez, working hand in hand with local folks running expeditions focused on ecology, preservation and education – connecting people to nature and to one another.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Today, we live in a global moment in time when the conservation of our natural world and its ecosystems, flora and fauna is critical to our very survival on the planet; the work of re-connecting people to nature is absolutely essential.
While Tim Means looks forward to spending time with a specific conservation and private preserve project on the peninsula, I have the privilege of coming aboard with Baja Expeditions and taking the helm with my life partner and co-Director Carlos Means, Tim’s son.
We often forget that we are nature. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves.
Carlos grew up on the shores of the Baja California peninsula, swimming and diving in the sea with giant marine mammals and rocky reef fish, surfing the waves on the Pacific coast, and sailing the winter northerly and summer southerly winds. Carlos lived the seasons of the year in close contact with the rich biodiversity of species in the sea and desert. His education has been truly experiential; Carlos is one of the fortunate ones who never experienced the loss of connection with nature – that connection that so many of us have had to rediscover. Carlos learned about the world in an unparalleled wilderness classroom.
I came to Baja California in 2005, after living, studying and working in a variety of sectors and geographical and cultural contexts. I have found my calling and my passion in wilderness education, helping facilitate the same kind of experiences for people in nature that helped me reconnect with my own truest self. It came after too many years in urban areas following my small-town upbringing, where I spent summers on the Pacific coast, camping and exploring. Reconnecting with the natural world as an adult and getting my hands dirty through exploration has solidified my belief in the importance of spending time in nature as the most stable foundation for ongoing successful lifelong learning.
My path crossed with Carlos when our sailboat dock lines crossed at a local marina. Years later, we are living our shared path and mission, and we are both thrilled and honored to rise to the challenge of continuing Tim’s legacy in conservation and local eco-tourism, expanding community awareness about the importance of caring for our environment as a way to care for ourselves, and sharing our love for conservation as a collective effort.
I am also hard at work trying to perfect Tim’s signature “Wooooooooop!” greeting and conservation battle cry! It is indeed the most concise expression of the joy of our work.
Our mission at Baja Expeditions is to create real-world experiences that connect people with one another and with nature, and to drive conservation efforts in Baja California and the Sea of Cortez. Our vision is to inspire the commitment to the preservation of wildlands and inhabited wilderness.
Join us to discover the magic of the Baja California peninsula, and if you are a returning guest, we can’t wait to welcome you back. We know you will be transformed by your next eco-adventure in this desert and sea, and take home with you the importance of sharing the message of connecting with ourselves and with nature to move together toward the beauty of our dreams.
with Carlos and Tim Means