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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Blue Whales and Cave Paintings

Blue Whales and Cave Paintings

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

Read more: Blue Whales and Cave Paintings

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

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. Roundtrip transportation from the hotel to the marina, snacks and beverages are included. Crew gratuity not included. Guests will be required to sign a standard industry waiver prior to departure.

Cost: $95 per person
Duration: 2.5 hrs
Season: Oct. 15 - Apr. 30

Espiritu Santos Island Adventure

Espiritu Santos Island Adventure

Espiritu Santos Island Adventure

Information: Water based. Day trip. Snorkel, visit a sea lion colony and explore the treasures of this magical island. The island of Espiritu Santos is said to be the most beautiful island in all of the Sea of Cortez. Its crystal blue waters allows for some amazing snorkeling with an abundance of marine life. If you are snorkeling guests are require to have good swimming skills. Includes: Roundtrip transportation from the hotel to the marina, lunch, beverages and snacks are included. Not included park fees (approx. $5.00 USD) and crew gratuity. Guests will be required to sign a standard industry waiver prior to departure.

Cost: $125 per person
Duration: 6 hrs
Season: March 1 – Nov. 15 – weather permitting

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 rooms 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 please contact: davehensleigh@gmail.com or phone: 1 217 369 9897
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: For more information please contact: davehensleigh@gmail.com or phone: 1 217 369 9897
Website page: Authentic Mexico Travel – Copper Canyon

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.

$1995 USD
Available Spots : 6

Air and Travel Insurance NOT included.

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

TRIP REVIEWS:

“Grey Whale Eco-camp and Grey Whales and Whale Sharks”
Reviewed 1 week ago

With wildlife based holidays you can never be sure if the said ‘wildlife’ is going to turn up; it is the risk you take. Our trip to La Paz, Baja California Sur delivered wildlife in shedloads.

While there we did two trips, both with Panterra Eco Expeditions.

The first was to an eco-camp in the Grey Whales Lagoons of Magdalena Bay. The camp was remote, beautiful and basic; you could sit on the beach and watch the whales and their calves in the lagoon or take a trip or five, on the water in a panga (small boat) which meant that you could get even closer to the whales. We were impressed by the way in which Lela (Panterra) allowed the whales to make the decision as to whether they wanted to engage with the panga or not and also if there were too many boats around a whale to back off and wait for another one to engage with us. We had so many whale and calf encounters we lost count, but each one was special and the calf allowing us to tickle their tummy was very special indeed. Not only did we see whales, but we also learnt a great deal about them. Make sure you have a jacket, as the pangas move quickly about the water and often have some distance to travel to find the whales. This trip lasted three days.

The second part of the trip was a live-aboard on the MV Adventure and again exceeded our expectations in what Lela and her crew delivered. This part of the trip was six days. Because of the unusual weather Lela moved the trip itinerary around, so that we could undertake the snorkelling activities – Whale Sharks and Sea Lions – when the Sea of Cortez was calm. What can we say swimming with Whale Sharks – how privileged were we – I’m not a strong swimmer, but Alan made sure I could keep up with the Whale Shark by giving me some help. As for having a Sea Lion swimming directly for you and then turning away at the last moment is still making me laugh; I’m not sure who was more interested us or the Sea Lions.

Other great moments – the bird life, Ospreys being so plentiful around La Paz; who knew cactus could be interesting; beach combing like we did as children, but with much more variety; the Mobula Rays doing both forward and backward flips – making us laugh out loud; the humpback whales breaching and showing us their flukes and deeply special the two Blue Whales we saw. Not to mention the fantastic food, always just the right amount and extra snacks available whenever required; and then there were the cocktails – sitting on deck with a delicious cocktail in hand watching wildlife. Thank you Panterra – Lela, Alan and the MV Adventure crew – ‘Amazing’ is an overused word, but both parts of the trip were amazing. Top Tip make sure you have spare batteries and memory cards for you camera – you are going to use them all up.

Visited March 2017

TripAdvisor

Hats off to Panterra Eco Expeditions!

For the second year in a row I joined Lela and her Panterra crew for many awesome adventures in the Sea of Cortez.

The first week we camped at a whale camp on Santo Domingo Island and were able to interact with the Gray whales and their babies. There are no words to describe interacting in a very safe fashion with these magnificent mammals. Truly an eye opener. Also many beautiful things to see and do in Magdalena bay.

I had the pleasure of taking my older sister on the trip and it was truly an adventure of a life time. It was her first trip, her first holiday in her life and I know she wants to go back.

We went back to La Paz and snorkeled beside whale sharks and California sea lions.

I was very fortunate to spend the second week in the Sea of Cortez with the Panterra crew, whale watching, hiking, snorkeling and enjoying one of the most beautiful places on earth. The sea life, the birds and the wonderful people will keep me coming back.

I truly love the Panterra Eco expeditions and cant wait to go again. There are so many trips to choose from I could spends years returning and playing in the Sea of Cortez.

Panterra has an amazing crew, truly wonderful people, and the chef is spectacular.

Tracey – Duncan, BC

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