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Baja Sea Turtles & Kayaking Adventure

Kayak Mexico's mangroves and help study green turtles.

Pricing From: $1,360 USD per person

Duration: 5 days

Operator: RED Sustainable Travel

Participate in hands-on research of green turtles with members of the Grupo Tortuguero while camping and kayaking in beautiful Magdalena Bay.

ITINERARY

Day 1 - ARRIVE IN LA PAZ

After a transfer to your hotel in La Paz, you can spend time exploring the colorful city, with its charming boardwalk and many fine restaurants and shops. 

Day 2 - LA PAZ TO MAGDALENA BAY

Today, you'll be picked up at your hotel for a van ride across the peninsula to the Pacific ocean. Along the way, you will stop off at a rancho for a snack and a glimpse into the ranchero lifestyle. 

Local fishermen who work with the turtle research program will give an orientation to the research they are conducting. Overnight will be camping on a secluded island in beautiful Magdalena Bay.

Day 3 - GREEN TURTLE RESEARCH

Today you will help to put out the nets used in efforts to study green turtles. After lunch, set off you will kayak through the mangroves and estuaries of Magdalena Bay. Afterwards, we will check the nets bring the turtles ashore for study.

During down time, feel free to head out in a kayak to explore the Bay. After dinner, your guide will lead a lesson on star gazing. Overnight camping.

Day 4 - MAGDALENA BAY MANGROVE EXPLORATION

After breakfast, head to the beach to finish measuring and weighing sea turtles before releasing them back to the wild. After lunch, take a well-earned siesta. In the afternoon you’ll have the chance to paddle through lush mangroves teeming with birds and ocean wildlife. Your naturalist guide will show you the best Magdalena Bay has to offer, combining ecology with local knowledge.

Day 5 - MAGDALENA BAY MANGROVE EXPLORATION

This morning, you can head out in the pangas with local fishermen to learn about local fishing techniques. Stay on the boat or hop in a kayak and paddle to Magdalena Island, a natural wonderland. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the foot of pristine sand dunes that roll down to the Pacific Ocean.

Afterwards you'll return to camp and can spend the remaining time reading, napping, or birdwatching with your guide before sunset. After dinner, gather around the campfire for stories and more star gazing.

Day 6 - MAGDALENA BAY TO LA PAZ

After breakfast you’ll head out in the pangas for more island exploration before meeting your hosts at a secluded picnic spot. Bid them farewell before the ride back to La Paz.

Day 7 - RETURN HOME

Fly back home with incredible memories and a new view of the world.

Prices & Dates

Dates: 2014: April 24-28; Oct 29 - Nov 4; Nov 16-20; Dec 7-11; Dec 29 - Jan 2 2015: Jan 12-16; March 31 - April 4; April 24-28

Duration: 5 days

Difficulty: Moderate

Pricing From: $1,360 USD per person

Price Notes: Discounts of 30% for kids under 11 years of age with a paid adult.

Included: Includes all in-country transportation, camping, guides, activities, and most meals.

Excluded: Airfare to La Paz, airport pickup, hotel in La Paz, personal items, guide tips, and travel insurance. Hotel and airport pickup can be arranged for an additional cost.

Conservation

Benefitting Organization:

RED Sustainable Travel - RED combines ecotourism with conservation activities to create stewardship of natural resources while strengthening local communities and their economies in Northwestern Mexico.

By signing up for this trip through SEEthWILD, we will donate 5% of the trip cost ($70) to RED's sea turtle environmental education programs.

Featured Animals: Green Turtle

Images

© Neil Osborne
© Neil Osborne
© Neil Osborne
© Kathi Koontz
Help study Baja
© Elizabeth Moreno
Explore the islands of Magdalena Bay
© Elizabeth Moreno

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