Laguna San Ignacio Whale Watching Itinerary

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 2018 dates will be announced soon!

Duration of trip:  6 days

WEDNESDAY, DAY 1:

Raul and I will pick you up at the Tecate, Ca. border at 8am.  From there, we’ll drive to the country town of San Vicente, just 1 hour south of Ensenada for brunch arriving in San Vicente at 11am.  After a delicious brunch at Mi Ranchito Restaurant we’ll continue south on a 3 1/2 hour drive to the town of Cataviña where we’ll spend the night and have dinner at the comfortable Cataviña Hotel and Restaurant.

THURSDAY DAY 2:

After a nourishing early morning breakfast we’ll leave Cataviña and continue south to the qaint and historic town of San Ignacio where we plan to arrive by 2pm that afternoon  In San Ignacio we’ll visit the charming town plaza, and the old mission church which was built in the mid- 1700’s.  From there we’ll drive to our whale watching destination and Eco-Lodge camp site right on the tranquil shores of the San Ignacio Lagoon where our whale tour guides and hosts, our comfortable cabins, and a delicious dinner will be waiting for us!

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, DAYS 3 and 4:

Friday and Saturday are dedicated to whale watching, beach exploring, kayaking, swimming, and relaxing beside the beautiful Lagoon of San Ignacio with plenty of photo opportunities in between! There’s also plenty of time for a guided nature walk to the nearby mangroves, and oyster farms.

SUNDAY, DAY 5:

On Sunday morning we depart from San Ignacio, and head north to the town of Cataviña where we’ll have dinner, rest and spend the night.

MONDAY, DAY 6:

Finally, on Monday morning the last day of our journey, we’ll drive from Cataviña (3 1/2 hours) back to Ensenada for lunch at the El Charro Restaurant which is well known for it’s traditional Mexican dishes, and then on to the Tecate, Ca., where you’ll walk back across the border, quick and easy right to your car!  We plan to arrive at the Tecate. Ca. border by 5pm.

This trip is all inclusive: Meals, all hotel stays, cabin accommodations, whale watching activities, and transportation to and from Laguna San Ignacio. This also includes gasoline expenses, and our whale guide fees in San Ignacio.

We highly recommend that your passports are up to date and current for 2017!  You will need them when you cross into Mexico for your tourist visas which is an easy 15 minute process. You will need to have them with you at that time.

For costs, and payment information please contact Caroline Aguiar at:  rancholabellota@yahoo.com    

Take a look at photos, and testimonials from our previous trip!

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Whale breaching

 

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Raul, Caroline Wally, Donna and Alicia

 

 

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A curious female swims up to the boat.

 

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Raul and Caroline watching a sea lion warming himself up with the sun.

 

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Our cozy cabins right on the Lagoon.

TESTIMONIALS

This trip more than met my expectations.  Caroline and Raul had planned everything beautifully, and we all had a great time.  I was traveling solo for the first time, and that worked out very well.  It was so much fun seeing the mama whales with their babies, and it was exciting to see the males chasing after the females in hopes of mating.  They came so close to our boats, but I never felt that we were in danger from these giants.  The staff at the camp were very helpful as well as safety conscious, and the food was delicious.  It was interesting to see how they managed the environmental issues in this sensitive part of the world.  I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who doesn’t mind modest accommodations.

Marge Bock, San Diego, CA

We had a “Whale of a Time”  on our January trip with Raul and Caroline.  They are great hosts.  One of the highlights for my husband was being driven down the magnificent Baja Coast.  For 40 previous years he had been the driver carrying our family to vacation sites in Baja, thus missing much of the scenery.
At camp, the Casitas were so cozy and warm.  The flannel bedding was so comforting.  Our camp leader was  pleasant, articulate, and so knowledgeable.  Information about the camp was presented well and  it was easy to feel right at home.
Facilities were most comfortable, we even had hot water!  Did I mention that the meals were healthy and nutritious?  The staff at the camp was friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable.  I’m ready to go again…
The whales, Of course, the main event, weren’t shy with our presence in their sea and behaved completely natural. They came right up to the boats to be petted and ooohed and awed over.  They play under the boats and brought their shy babies to meet and greet.
This adventure with Caroline and Raul was  a not to be missed event.  We loved it and them.
Robert and Mary Jean Altman, San Diego, CA.

What to Expect on this trip, and what will you see?

In early December, the Gray Whales begin their migration south.  From January to April, they are living, breeding, and birthing their young in the San Ignacio Lagoon of Southern Baja California.  It is a guarantee you will see the whales on this trip.  We can’t guarantee you’ll touch one, but they will come very close to the boat. The entire lagoon is a protected area with only a certain number of boats allowed on the lagoon for whale watching at any given time so as not to disturb the natural environment, and breeding areas of the whales.

On the way down to San Ignacio, we’ll visit well known places in Baja such as the inn and restaurant of our first night’s stay at Mama Espinoza’s in the seaside town of El Rosario.  Mama Espinoza is a family owned business which has been open to the public since the 1940’s. They are famous for their lobster burritos, delicious sea food, and other traditional Mexican dishes.

You will also see the amazing Southern Baja California desert, it’s gigantic Cardon Cactus, the Elephant Tree. The Ciros Tree is quite a sight because they look like upside down carrots.  We will also have a Biologist accompany us on this trip to answer any questions anyone might have about the flora, fauna, and the surrounding area.
Once in the town of San Ignacio, we’ll visit the old mission church which was established in the mid-1700’s, and is still in use today.  There is also a town plaza in front of the church where we’ll take a brief rest before heading on to our camp location.
Expect lots of fresh seafood, and traditional Mexican dishes on this trip.  The entire trip is an experience you won’t want to miss out on, and we hope you decide to join us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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