Eco Migrations was started in 2012 with the aim to provide fun, safe, ecologically conscious experiences that showcase our wonderful little corner of the world, the La Paz Bay and Espiritu Santo Island. We are located on the Gulf of California, and are home to an impressive array of wildlife including whale sharks that come to feed on the nutrient-rich waters from October to May; majestic gray whales, coming to mate, give birth and nurse in the abundant waters of their winter lagoons; sea lions, who live here year round and have a colony on the northern tip of Espiritu Santo Island; Mobula rays, which are found year round but form huge aggregations in Spring, jumping out of the water in one of nature’s great mysteries; and many other species of birds, fish and plants.
Our fearless leader founded Eco Migrations in 2012. JJ moved to La Paz in 1995 to study Marine Biology at the local university and never left. He has over 20 years experience working as a naturalist, kayak guide and divemaster in this region. Additionally, he has worked as a researcher and Marine Mammal Observer all over the world including in Senegal, Liberia, Oman, Iceland, Spain, Portugal and Italy.
Erin Francke joined the team in 2017, when she moved to La Paz from Mexico City. She is the daughter of biologists and nature has always been her passion. Before Eco Migrations, Erin studied economics, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, earned a Master’s in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge and worked to reform transportation, urban development and environmental regulation in Mexico City.