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The bay of La Paz is a biodiversity hotspot, home to an incredible array of marine megafauna, including many species of whales, dolphins, sharks, rays and sea turtles. The geology of the region results in tidal mixing and upwelling during Spring and early Summer, making it a highly productive area and a hub for many migratory and non-migratory species. Come celebrate all this life around Espíritu Santo Island, camp on a beach with turquoise-clear water, and enjoy delicious freshly made meals, Baja California wine, happy hour, snacks and more.
Our rendezvous is in La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur, from where we’ll get to Espiritu Santo Island. Once there, you’ll find yourself in “the world’s greatest aquarium”to quote Jacques Cousteau. Our days are structured around a Bottlenose dolphin research project, which is the perfect excuse to get out in the bay and look for all the life teeming at this time of year. Mobulas leap out of the water in huge aggregations and we may encounter pods of dolphins and other huge whales. The waters are cool, the days are sunny and the wildlife in this area never disappoints. As the days go by you’ll realize the bay has become a part of you forever.
For 4 nights and 5 days, immerse yourself in island life with a thrilling schedule to suit your needs and desires. Every day, after a hearty breakfast, we will set off to search for wildlife, with new horizons to explore each day and new views for every lunch break. In the afternoon, you will be welcomed back to camp to put your feet up and reflect on the day with a sunset happy hour, followed by a delicious dinner. Your trip is bookended with nights at one of the nicest hotels in La Paz, Hotel Catedral.
Eco Migrations will be thrilled to live this amazing experience with you. Thank you!
Espíritu Santo Island Marine Mega-fauna Safari – 7 days, 6 nights. (End of April and May)
*This sample itinerary is based on a real past trip. Your experience could vary significantly due to weather conditions, guest ages, moon phase, etc. Please, consider this an informative example, not a rigid plan to be followed.
Absolutely all wildlife sightings are up to chance and cannot be guaranteed, but in Spring the bay is full of life:
Travel to La Paz. Arrive at the lovely Cathedral Hotel, located in the very heart of La Paz, near all the best restaurants and shops in the city.
Enjoy the complimentary breakfast at the Cathedral Hotel, and then we are off to our adventure. We meet at the Eco Migrations office to gear up, and then we board the skiff and set off for Espíritu Santo Island. We arrive at camp in time for a brief intro and lunch.
In the afternoon, we snorkel around the rocky reef right in front of camp. There’s a chance to see Stone Scorpionfish, lobsters, moray eels, and lots of fish. Later, we do a short nature walk to start learning about the Sonoran Desert ecosystem.
Then it’s quick showers and a change of clothes for happy hour (margaritas and guacamole with chips), and dinner (BBQ chicken, scalloped potatoes and Cole slaw). Sometimes, if it’s dark enough, we do some star gazing. Jupiter’s moons are usually visible through binoculars and the stars can be amazing.
Days 3, 4 & 5
Get up early for the sunrise and coffee, then it’s free time until breakfast at 8 (egg, pancakes and sausage). At 9 we set off to start exploring the bay and searching for marine mega fauna. After several hours of searching, we stop for lunch (chicken salad, tostadas and fruit for desert) and a refreshing swim in the ocean. Then we start heading back to camp, still searching and scanning the horizon.
We get back to camp in the late afternoon in time for happy hour (ceviche and beer), and then a nice early dinner while we watch the sunset. We sit around for a while chatting, then head off to bed nice.
We gather for coffee, and then finish packing up our gear until breakfast (chilaquiles, a fried egg and some beans). We spend a free morning at camp, so everyone can do what their heart desires. Some read, paint, walk, meditate, play games… We hang out until lunch, and then make our way back to La Paz. It’s been great traveling together.
Night at Cathedral Hotel.
Travel home or onward to further adventures. Safe travels!
We will meet at 8pm on Day 1 at Hotel Catedral to welcome you to La Paz. We will also give you some large red dry-bags. Please pack whatever you will need at camp in these red bags. They are much more convenient to transport than your luggage, and your luggage remains sand-free.
On Day 2, we will meet at 9am at Eco Migrations HQ
Paseo Alvaro Obregón 774
La Paz, B.C.S.
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“I was part of a 10-person group program that did a camping trip to Isla Espiritu Santo, organized by Eco Migrations. The entire experience was incredible! Much more than just a fun tourist activity, this was educational and interesting. JJ and his crew at EcoMigrations possess a wealth of information that they share with their guests, while ensuring everyone is safe and has fun. The swimming with a whale shark was fantastic, and snorkeling with baby sea lions was a once in a lifetime experience! The food their cook prepared for us was incredible – fish and clams he went out and caught and then prepared for us. You can’t get any fresher than that! And the island camping was easy, fun and relaxing, with all details taken care of by EcoMigrations. I can’t recommend them highly enough!”
Incredible experience! They exceeded my expectation! Swimming with the Whale Shark was amazing, the sea lion was great too! And camping on the Island was magical and super peaceful! I highly recommend them, super helpful and full of knowledge!
Excellent service from JJ and Erin, they are the best guides. All your equipment and assembly of the tents was first rate. Additionally, they spoiled us enormously in the camp and in each outings we took with them. Delicious food. I highly recommend them, I will definitely go back to them.
We snorkeled with whale sharks, sea lions, endless wonderful fish. Hiking in the desert and paradisiacal beaches.
The guides, José Juan and Erin, are more than tour guides, they are expert marine biologists and naturalists who love their work, explain in detail about flora and fauna and work with an ethic of firm commitment to the conservation of this natural paradise.
The rest of the staff, captain, cook and assistants, are friendly, helpful and attentive.
The camp on Isla del Espiritu Santo is comfortable, delicious food, with everything you need for a fabulous and environmentally responsible experience.