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SEE Turtle Monitoring Expedition (November)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 8 - 16 people
Destination(s): Mexico  
Specialty Categories: Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: March - November
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1795 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1795 US Dollar (USD)

The SEE Turtles project partners with GrupoTortuguero, Pro Peninsula, and Baja Expeditions to personally connect travelers with wildlife and local conservation efforts for an inspiring, natural adventure. Your first-hand participation in this trip will directly support community-based conservation of endangered sea turtles, while at the same time provide an alternative income to fishing and help to train local community members in ecotourism. Conservationists use scientific monitoring to measure the effectiveness of efforts to recover threatened populations. Most of the profits from this trip will be used by Baja Expeditions to bring along and train local guides from San Carlos who will lead future trips.

SEE Turtle Monitoring and Sea Kayaking highlights sea kayaking in Espiritu Santo Island

Day 1: Arrive in La Paz. After transfer to the hotel, you can spend time exploring the colorful city of La Paz, with its charming boardwalk and many fine restaurants and shops. Overnight at Hotel Los Arcos. (No meals).

Day 2: Espiritu Santo Island. Meet in the lobby of the Los Arcos early in the morning, packed and ready to go. After a light breakfast, a boat ride takes you to our tent camp on Espiritu Santo Island, a marine protected area because of its unique biological diversity. Tonight you’ll enjoy a beautiful sunset over the Sea of Cortez while the staff prepares a delicious welcome dinner. (Meals: B/L/D)

Day 3: Espiritu Santo Island. After instruction in sea kayaking basics, you’ll begin to paddle, exploring nearby turquoise lagoons and deserted beaches. From camp, you’ll kayak along the shoreline to explore hidden coves, snorkel among dazzling fish and sea lions, and hike the beautiful island. (Meals: B/L/D)

Day 4: Return to La Paz. The morning finds you kayaking, swimming, hiking or snorkeling to savor the last moments of this incredible getaway. We return to La Paz after lunch and check into the Hotel Los Arcos. (Meals: B/L)

Day 5: San Carlos Turtle Monitoring. Today the group travels across the peninsula to the fishing town of San Carlos on the Pacific ocean. Members of Magdalena Baykeeper, a local conservation group working to protect the area’s green turtles, will give an orientation to the research they are conducting. Overnight will be camping on a nearby island in Magdalena Bay. (Meals: B/L/D)

Day 6: Turtle Monitoring and Magdalena. Today you will help to put out the nets used in efforts to study green turtles. After lunch, we’ll set off to kayak through the mangroves and estuaries of Magdalena Bay. Afterwards, we will check the nets and bring the turtles ashore for study. Overnight camping in Magdalena Bay. (Meals: B/L/D)

Day 7: San Carlos and Magdalena Bay. Explore Isla Magdalena and check the nets one more time for green turtles. After a final lunch in San Carlos, the group returns to La Paz in the late afternoon for a free afternoon shopping or exploring the town. Overnight at Hotel Los Arcos. (Meals: B/L)

Day 8: Departure Day. Return home with incredible memories and a new view of the world. (No meals).

Note: Itineraries are subject to change.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Hotel on nights 1, 4 and 7
- Comfortable, catered camping: walk-in tent on nights 2 and 3
- Small camping tent on nights 5 and 6
- B/L/D on Days 2, 3, 5 and 6 and B/L on Days 4 and 7
- Sleep kit (Therm-a-rest mattress, sleeping bag, liner and pillow), snorkel gear and single or double kayaks in the Espiritu Santo camp
- Taxi vouchers to hotel from La Paz airport on Day 1
- Ground transfer to San Carlos on day 5 and return on day 7, services of knowledgeable guides and caring crew members
- Detailed pre-departure information to help you plan your trip.