Recommended Add-Ons

Mexico is a vast and beautiful country offering life changing sea to sky adventures. As the oldest country in North America, it’s richness can be found in the people, their culture and history. At Panterra, with 35 years of expertise in Mexican tourism, we have specially designed, or partnered with established businesses to bring you some of the highest quality experiences offered in the industry, in addition to your expeditions.

On all water based day trips offering snorkeling, wetsuits and snorkel gear are included.

We have designed the recommended add-ons for guests who are travelling internationally wishing to extend their stay before or after our expeditions to experience the best of Baja California Sur and the Sea of Cortez.

Only available to Panterra guests as pre/post expedition add-ons.
(all prices quoted are in US dollars)

Day Trips

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 and not the normal 2 hours. Includes:

  • authentic Mexican ranch style breakfast enroute
  • maximum 6 guests per panga
  • 3 hours of whale watching
  • Panterra naturalist
  • tides permitting, birdwatching in the mangroves.
  • delicious fresh seafood lunch after whale watching (meat or vegetarian choices)
  • group size - max. 6 guests plus naturalist
  • once in a lifetime experience

Cost: $225 per person
Duration: approx. 10 hrs
Season: Feb. /Mar. – weather permitting

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

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

Balandra and Sea Lion Snorkel

Balandra and Sea Lion Snorkel

Information: Water based. Day trip. Snorkel with sea lions and enjoy beach time on a white sandy beach with lapping crystal blue waters.  If you are snorkeling guests are require to have good swimming skills. Roundtrip transportation from the hotel to the marina where the boat launches from, 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: Feb. 15 – Nov. 15 – weather permitting

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)

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

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

Sea Turtle Hatchling Adventure

Sea Turtle Hatchling Adventure

Information: Land based. Day trip. Early rise! The Sea of Cortez plays host to the birth of millions of sea turtles. From June through to Nov. females return to the birthing place to lay there clutches of eggs. Turtle conservationists collect the clutches (nests) and relocate them to a safe, controlled environment until they hatched. Once hatched they are immediately released back to the sea. 1 in 1000 hatchlings will survive. After the turtle release enjoy breakfast at one of the local restaurants, time for shopping,  and a return trip through a stunning back area filled with breathtaking scenery and bird watching.

Cost: $135 per person
Duration: 6 hrs
Season: Oct./Nov.

Multi-Day Trips

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

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

Hospitality Services

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

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.

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