TWP Tours goes rural for a unique tour to El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve in Baja California Sur. Travel between magic pueblos and fishing villages along both coasts of Baja California Sur. See and learn how fisheries protection and ecotourism provides a stable economy for coastal populations on this arid peninsula. Meet communities planting mangrove forests, set out to sea to pet gray whales, sleep in magic pueblos, and swim with sea lions and juvenile whale sharks.
Cost: $2,199 (Cost includes meals, lodging, in-country transportation, park fees, and guiding. Does not include cost of airfare)
Length: 8 days
Lodging: Small hotels and ranches, camping optional
Weather: January through early April is the coolest time of the year in Baja. The dry desert air can be chilly and windy so don't forget your jacket, waterproof windbreaker/shell and warm hat. The strong desert sun can be intense (especially when out on the water because of its reflection); the local fishermen usually wear long sleeves, long pants, sun-proctecting hats, face shields and sunglasses. The Gulf of California side's air and water temperatures are warmer than the Pacific side's. Temperatures may be between the 60's and 90's during the day and the 40's and 60's during the night along our route through Baja Sur. The average rainfall for the regions we will visit are 0.4" during February and March.
Difficulty: Low difficulty, no strenuous hikes or physical ability required, but must be comfortable on open water
This is a sample itinerary. Subject to change up until one month before departure.
Travel to Loreto and arrive at Loreto International Airport to meet the TWP tours team and the rest of the travelers! We will arrive at the Loreto Hotel to unload our bags and prepare for a casual afternoon. After some down time we will celebrate our arrival by enjoying some welcome drinks at a local brewery and enjoy a nice traditional group dinner!
After a delicious breakfast and some light coffee consumption we continue our day by packing our bags and departing towards the town of San Ignacio. We will arrive at Playa Santispac for a unique Juvenile Whale Shark Panga sighting and swimming tour! We will continue the adventurous day by doing some snorkeling, wild clam harvesting, and enjoy a nice picnic lunch on an island OR return to Playa Santispac for hearty lunch (ceviche, catch of the day, and cocktails!)
Our journey continues as we enjoy a nice warm breakfast and leave for the town of El Delgadito Island which is approximately 3 hours from San Ignacio. We will take a Panga Tour of a Red Mangrove restoration project including wildlife viewing; Visit a women's artisanal fishing cooperative, and then indulge by eating locally caught seafood for lunch. After a fun adventurous day, we will check into Pachico’s Ecocamp, relax and enjoy a nice happy hour and dinner!
After a relaxing morning with a hearty breakfast, we will depart and experience two incredible 90-minute Gray Whale Tours where we will get to see and pet gray whales! Then we enjoy a nice lunch at the beach and head back to our ecocamp for a nice happy hour. We then continue with a nice dinner and an informal lecture and video from the local tour operator Pachico’s.ake the morning off to explore a beautiful Jaguar Reserve on the Eastern side of Jinotega. This will be a day full of eco adventures, visiting waterfalls and a butterfly sanctuary. Enjoy a relaxing lunch and get ready to the community of Matagalpa where we will spend the evening.
After some delicious coffee and tea over breakfast, we depart to enjoy the final 90-minute Gray Whale Tour and get more pictures with these amazing animals! We continue the day by visiting the Sol Azul Sustainable Oyster Farm located at the San Ignacio Lagoon. We will take a nice tour of the oyster farm and have an all-you-can-eat oyster lunch with some refreshing beers. In the late afternoon, we will tour around La Escuelita Village before returning to San Ignacio for a nice dinner.
Our journey continues as we take an early departure to the Sierra de San Francisco, approximately 2 hours from San Ignacio. Once there, we will take a Cave Paintings and Ranchero Tour, and have a nice local lunch. In the late afternoon, we will take a Rancho Tour and stay at a local lodge in San Francisco de la Sierra for a nice mellow dinner.
After a long breakfast, we will prepare to check out of our lodge and depart towards Loreto! This will be a full travel day with lunch in between and a nice scenic drive. Once we arrive in Loreto we will check in our hotel and have a final group dinner.
Departure day! Enjoy a group reflection over breakfast, exchange memories and favorite photos, and get ready for an early departure to Loreto International Airport. Relish with your new friends on this one-of-a-kind experience as you make your way home. Until next time!