Blue Whales and Cave Paintings

DATE:  Feb 27 - Mar 06, 2022  |  8 day expedition - hotel accom. with day trips both land and water based

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • 8 days/7 nights
  • 3 night stay at the Hotel Catedral in La Paz
  • 4 nights stay at the Santa Fe Hotel in Loreto
  • day trips to missions and cave paintings
  • 2 day trips on the water with blue whales, other whale species, dolphins and sea lions
  • desert exploration – flora, fauna and geology
  • free day to explore La Paz

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JOURNEY OF THE PACIFIC GRAY WHALE

JOURNEY OF THE PACIFIC GRAY WHALE

JOURNEY OF THE PACIFIC GRAY WHALE

DATE:  Feb 21 - Feb 25, 2022  |  5 day expedition hotel accom. with day trips on the water

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS::

  • 2 night stay at the Hotel Cathedral, La Paz
  • 2 night stay at the Villas Isabela in San Carlos, Magdalena Bay
  • 12 – 15 hours of whale watching in 3 days – experience up close and personal
  • explore areas most people do not access where the whales congregate
  • bird watching in the mangroves
  • beach hike through sand dunes and along the coastline exploring the flora and fauna

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GRAY WHALES & WHALE SHARKS

GRAY WHALES & WHALE SHARKS

GRAY WHALES & WHALE SHARKS

DATE:  Mar 08 - Mar 15, 2022  |  8 day expedition liveaboard cruising and hotel accom.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 6 days / 5 nights onboard the ship the MV Adventure
  • Whale and dolphin encounters
  • Hiking
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Birdwatching
  • Visit to remote communities
  • Snorkeling with whale sharks
  • Exploring desert flora and fauna
  • 2 days / 2 nights accommodation at the Hotel Catedral La Paz
  • Day trip to the gray whales in Magdalena Bay

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Gray Whales of Magdalena Bay

Gray Whales of Magdalena Bay

Gray Whales of Magdalena Bay

Information: Land/water based. Day trip. Early rise! Magdalena Bay is world renowned for gray whale interaction with humans. It is one of three nurseries and breeding grounds of the Pacific gray whales. During the months of Dec – Mar. the gray whales, after a 5000 mile migration south,  gather in the protected lagoons where breeding or birthing takes place.  Glimpse into the mysterious world of these amazing cetaceans. Note: Our Gray Whale day trips are private and opened to guests booked by Panterra only. We place a maximum 6 guests + naturalist per panga not the normal 8 - 14 people. Our trips are 3 hours in length in the area of the gray whales again, not the normal 2 hours. Includes:

  • authentic Mexican ranch style breakfast enroute
  • 3 hours (not the normal 2 hrs) of whale watching
  • Panterra naturalist
  • tides permitting, birdwatching in the mangroves.
  • absolute, delicious fresh seafood lunch after whale watching
  • group size - max. 6 guests plus naturalist
  • once in a lifetime experience

Cost: $250 per person
Duration: approx. 10 hrs
Season: Feb. /Mar. – weather permitting

Snorkel with Whale Sharks

Snorkel with Whale Sharks

Snorkel with Whale Sharks

Information: Water based. Day trip. The Bay of La Paz is one of the most important feeding areas in the world for juvenile whale sharks. As the largest fish in the world they can be found feeding on the surface allowing the snorkelers to approach and swim alongside. They are docile, harmless and beautiful, allowing for an amazing up close and personal experience. Our professional guide will instruct and be in the water alongside you to ensure you have a safe and memorable experience. Good swimming skills are required. Snacks and beverages are included. Crew gratuity not included.

Cost: $80 per person
Duration: 2.5 hrs
Season: Oct. 15 - Apr. 30

West Cape Adventure (Arts and Culture)

West Cape Adventure (Arts and Culture)

West Cape Adventure (Arts and Culture)

Information: Land based. Day trip. Our destination is Todos Santos. This older, quaint, traditional Mexican town is known for its shopping. A plethora of boutiques, souvenir shops and art galleries offering leather, cotton, ceramics, glassware, hand crafted goods and silver jewellery with a special visit to the Blanket Factory. The joy of shopping in Todos Santos is in wandering the streets shop after shop with so much to offer the buyer. You may even choose to have lunch (guest responsibility) at the famous Hotel California of the Eagles band fame.

Cost: $120 per person
Duration: 6 hrs
Season: year round

East Cape Adventure (Wildlife and History)

East Cape Adventure (Wildlife and History)

East Cape Adventure (Wildlife and History)

Information: Land based. Day trip. Our destinations are San Antonio and El Triunfo. San Antonio offers easy hiking on the newly developed trails through the ranchlands. Bird watching and visit to a local ranch allows you to learn about the history of the area and to explore an abundance of desert life. After San Antonio visit El Triunfo for the mining museum and enjoy lunch (guest responsibility) at one of the local restaurants.

Cost: $120 per person
Duration: 5 hrs
Season: year round

Mountain Hot Springs and Ranch Visit

Mountain Hot Springs and Ranch Visit

Mountain Hot Springs and Ranch Visit

Information: Head up into the mountains of the Sierra de la Laguna and visit a local ranch and hike the ranch trails. Enjoy a soak in the natural hot springs and end the tour with lunch (guest responsibility) and one of the local restaurants on your return. Breathtaking scenery with ample photography opportunities. Includes transportation from the hotel, guide and park/ranch fees.

Cost: $130 per person
Duration: 5 hrs
Season: year round

Hotel Catedral

Hotel Catedral

Hotel Catedral

Information: HOTEL CATEDRAL is a new concept of lodging that adapts to the needs of today's traveller. It is framed in the historic center of the city, surrounded by the main points of interest and next to the oldest church in La Paz, Cathedral of Our Lady of La Paz. With its sophisticated architecture in a contemporary modernist style, Hotel Catedral concentrates on each of the details to offer its guests a service of excellence and quality, both in the rooms and in its haute cuisine restaurant. The hotel, more than a lodging, is an invitation to a way of life based on elegance, comfort and relaxation.

Cost: $90 (single/double) per night

Transportation

Transportation

Transportation

Information: Our transportation service offers friendly and professionally trained staff fully licensed and experienced. The vans are up-to-date models including 14 passenger Toyota Hiace, 11 passenger Hyundai Starex and 10 passenger Econoline. Our vans are clean, full-size coaches with federal tourist plates, commercial insurance and all necessary permits for pick up/drop off at hotels and airports. Transfers are tracked through driver communications. Safety and comfort are our highest priority. Transfers operate between the hours of 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. We do not transfer guests during non daylight hours due to hazards of livestock feeding along and crossing the highway in unfenced areas. As an alternative, Eco Baja Tours is a public shared airport shuttle from Cabo Airport (SJD) to downtown La Paz. It is much less expensive. The costs are approx. $35 USD one way / $70 roundtrip, per person. While I use the shuttle myself from time to time I have had problems and therefore hesitant of taking responsibility to book on guest's behalf. Overall rating of this service is 3.5 out of 5.

Monarch Butterflies – multiday

Monarch Butterflies – multiday

Monarch Butterflies – multiday

Information: Experience millions of monarch butterflies at their winter home in central Mexico…a must for every bucket list. As the sun warms, the sky fills with orange and the air is filled with a gentle fluttering sound as they alight from the towering fir trees. A miracle! • Viewing season is Dec. – early Mar. Prime time is Feb. 15-Mar. 5 • Weather is cool/cold nights and warmish days with possible rain • Each group travels with an English speaking expert local guide • Hotels & lodges are basic, local & private rms with bath/hot water • Rigor level is moderate—hiking & elevation involved, horses available • Each trip is unique with options to include local art, ruins, food, etc

Cost: $1495 per person / single supplement add $200
Duration: 5 days
Season: Feb/Mar.
Contact: For more information or clarification please contact Dave Hensleigh
Website page: Authentic Mexico Travel – Monarch Butterflies

Copper Canyon by Train – multiday

Copper Canyon by Train – multiday

Copper Canyon by Train – multiday

Information: Travellers visit Copper Canyon for Mexico’s only passenger train that took 100 years to build. It traverses 87 tunnels and 37 bridges. It is an incredible feat of engineering. Arrive at one of the most breathtaking scenery's that is much grander than the Grand Canyon. It has a magic unto itself. You can feel it in the mountain air! Lots of options for hiking, exploring local culture, or just relaxing with a drink from your room with a view beyond words. Experience the mysterious life of the Raramuri indigenous people of the barefooted “Born to Run” fame. The Raramuri artisans offer their handcrafted weaved baskets, carved wooden figures and more. In Chihuahua enjoy the hospitality and local/regional culinary cuisine. From the Sea of Cortez to the skies of Copper Canyon this is truly an adventure of a lifetime!

Cost: $1695 per person / single supplement $200
Duration: 5 days
Season: year round
Contact: Dave Hensleigh for further information
Website page: Authentic Mexico Travel – Copper Canyon

$2295 USD
Available Spots : 8

Air and Travel Insurance NOT included

We highly recommend guests purchase travel
insurance to protect their vacation investment.

TRIP REVIEWS:

TripAdvisor 1

We did it all on this fantastic 5 Day Expedition with Panterra Eco Expeditions! We boarded the MV Adventure, a beautiful 110′ ship and headed out on the Sea of Cortez for 4 nights and 5 days of sunshine, swimming, snorkelling to our hearts content, kayaking, bird watching and all the while being taken care of superbly by the Panterra crew. Lela, the owner, has created such a lovely ambiance for her expeditions’ guests and crew. You can tell immediately that the crew has been together for some time as everything works like a well oiled wheel. They just appear at your side when needed, the food is always amazing and served in a timely fashion (like when you get out of the water and there are amazing snacks laid out for all), you never see any areas that require cleaning as it is just always clean. It all just works and in a very professional way. Our most favorite experience on this trip was swimming with the mobula rays – we came across a couple of thousand of the and we all went in and snorkeled with them. Wow! It was so cool! Loved it! Loved the trip! Loved Lela and the crew and really can not think of a single negative experience on this trip. It was all fantastic and we can’t wait to go again 🙂 Definitely on my bucket list …. again!
Visited July 2016

TripAdvisor 2

This was my third trip with Panterra. The first was as a chaperone for a junior high school group, the second with teachers and travel agents, the last with our extended family. As mind blowing as the first trip was – each continues to be life changing. – Lela and her crew provide their guests with exceptional service that makes this experience memorable for each individual. Having travelled a lot this is hands down the top of my list!
Visited July 2016

TripAdvisor 3

Professional outfit run by Lela Sankeralli and her friendly Mexican captain & crew, offering good basic accommodation and excellent food aboard “Adventure” 110ft motor vessel. The snorkeling is amazing with an abundance of small marine life, huge pods of Dolphins surround the boat daily, the sealions and their pups are a sight to behold and the nesting frigate birds an incredible sight to behold in this wilderness, with hardly another boat in sight for days. Sit at the bow and watch the shooting stars in the night sky and revel in the magic of it all.

Visited July 2015

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