Novices will learn easy to master kayaking skills from our expert guides, and will shortly be paddling three to four hours per day along the western shoreline exploring caves, rock gardens, hidden inland lagoons and deserted beaches. You'll hike up ochre-colored arroyos to explore cave art, cacti and other amazingly adapted plants. Bird watchers will delight in the antics of pelicans or colorful frigate birds. Be sure to watch for manta rays or dolphins leaping out of the water as our skiff speeds you to the best snorkeling spots, where you can swim with sea lions and hundreds of tropical fish. You can also expand your range of experiences with our optional activities, which include scuba diving, massage and yoga sessions and even a class in Mexican camp cooking.
Our friendly crew and added comforts—such as cabin-style tents, single and double raised platform beds, comfortable bedding, and Jicara-style showers make your days and nights in camp relaxed and worry free. You’ll dine on delicious and flavorful Mexican food and enjoy happy hour each evening from our cantina as sunny days turn into luminous, starry nights.
Day 1: La Paz to Espiritu Santo Island Base Camp
Your guide will pick you up from your hotel on departure day (if you make your own hotel arrangements you will need to take a taxi to the warehouse) and we will head to the warehouse for our orientation and fit you for your snorkeling gear. A morning boat ride takes you to Isla Espiritu Santo, designated a global conservation priority by The Nature Conservancy because of its unique biological diversity. Once you arrive at camp, we take care of everything. (Meals: B/L)
Day(s) 2(+): Espiritu Santo Island Base Camp
Because you customize your own itinerary, each day will be a new adventure. Here's an example of a typical day on the island: wake up to an awe inspiring sunrise, accompanied by freshly made cowboy coffee and pastries of your choice. Participate in an early morning hike up the ochre-colored canyon for the first of the many great bird sightings; canyon wrens and endemic hummingbirds fill the cardon cactus and wild fig trees! You will be able to rinse off in the historic well built by the shark fishermen of the 20th century.
Around 8 am, we eat a hearty breakfast of chilaquiles, beans, tortillas, and fruit. Today we will paddle to La Partida, the isthmus of the volcanic archipelago. After our paddle, the support skiff arrives with our hot lunch and a cooler full of refreshments. Our cooks know how to please the active body, beginning with a healthy vegetable soup, then a main course of freshly caught fish prepared in the Veracruz style, accompanied by a salad with fresh greens, and finishing with dessert.
After a short siesta in the shade, we will leave our kayaks and load up in the skiffs to head out to Los Islotes, home to hundreds of playful sea lion, and species of tropical fish and invertebrates. Los Islotes is sure to thrill even the most experienced snorkelers and divers. Immediately upon submergence, you will be amazed by the diversity of the marine life.
Schools of herring and anchovies pulse through the open waters, parrotfish, surgeon fish, and hawkfish graze the coral and sand below, and sea stars and sea urchins dot the rocky underground cliffs. If conditions permit, you will be able to snorkel or dive through the passageway; its walls are filled with gorgoniums, coral and sea stars, and curious sea lions will swim right by you! Upon your departure, there is little doubt that you will feel like you have visited a sacred and unique marine sanctuary. Enjoy cold refreshments and some snacks as we head back to our kayaks. You choose if you would like to paddle or ride in the skiff back to camp.
As we return to the base camp, you will find solar showers and happy hour awaiting your arrival. When you hear the call, gather for some of the best margaritas and snacks like jicama with Tajin seasoning or natural popcorn with a touch of salt. The beach becomes a stage set for watching dining pelicans dive-bomb in unison and miraculously bob up to the surface to swallow their freshly caught fish.
As the orange sun dips below the horizon, prepare yourself for yet another culinary delight. Special celebrations in Mexico are not complete without the traditional Carne Asada (grilled beef dinner). Even vegetarians will be stuffed by the end of this meal accompanied by fresh avocado guacamole, salsa Mexicana, creamy chayote squash with cheese, pickled onions, radishes, fresh spicy salsa, and corn and flour tortillas. Enjoy the refreshment of your choice: local Baja wine, beer, sodas, or ice cold water.
Right when you think it’s all over, the chef appears with a delightful portion of key lime pie. Incredible! Before you stumble to your safari style walk-in tent, take a second to appreciate the seemingly endless starry night sky. You might find that picking out Orion, the Big Dipper and Cassiopeia is a lot more difficult when every inch of the sky is illuminated. Finally, as you melt into your comfy raised cot, take a moment to relive the days adventures and start dreaming of the days to come.
Departure Day: Espiritu Santo Island Base Camp to La Paz
You will spend the morning kayaking, swimming, hiking or snorkeling to savor the last moments of this incredible getaway. We return to La Paz by boat at mid-day after lunch for flights out or check-in to your hotel. Meals: (B) and (L).
- Trip begins and ends in La Paz
- Customize your trip length—minimum two night stay in comfortable, catered base camp on famed Isla Espiritu Santo
- Customize your itinerary and level of difficulty, based on your preferences
- Activities included are kayaking, swimming, snorkeling and hiking
- Optional activities include scuba diving, night snorkeling, massage and spa treatments, whale shark searches, and Mexican cooking classes (additional fees apply)
- Comfy single or double platform beds, bedding, safari-style tents, snorkel gear and kayaks are provided on the island, plus new amenities to make your stay more comfortable.
This is a general itinerary and subject to change.
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