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Baja Mexico – Kayaking, Whales & Wonders

Visit Baja Mexico


Length: 7 Days

Dates: Feb 23 – 29, 2020
Level: Easy to Moderate.
Hike, kayak, snorkel.
Price: From $1,395

Group Size: 8 – 10

Day 1: La Paz, Baja
Day 2-3: Kayak, SUP, Balandra Cove.
Camping. Snorkel w Sea Lions.
Day 4: Whale Share Adventure.
Return to La Paz.
Day 5: Whale-watching
Days 6: Desert Hike.
Days 7: Return home


Join us for a whale-of-a-time in Baja, Mexico! Spend 2 days sea-kayaking, SUP and snorkeling in the shimmering Sea of Cortez, camping out on Balandra Bay.  Whale watching the tranquil lagoons in Puerto Chale on the Pacific Coast. At the beginning, middle and end, enjoy the enchanting seaside town of La Paz with its beautiful board walk, sensational dining and our welcoming hotel.

Responsible Travel – Make it Meaningful

A portion of trip cost helps support Centro Mujeres (women’s center). They promote positive social change in Baja and work to empower the region’s most vulnerable populations, including women, youth and seasonal migrant workers.

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B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Day 1 Sunday, Arrive La Paz
Arrive San Jose Del Cabo (SJD) in early afternoon. Transfer 2 1/2 hours to La Paz to our hotel. We’ll meet for happy hour and to get acquainted. After dinner, there will be a trip-briefing by the guides.

Day 2 Monday, to Espiritu Santo, Kayaking
Guides give a safety talk and discuss the basics of sea-kayaking, paddle strokes and correct use of gear.  Kayak  Balandra Cove. This protected area has mangroves, a salty lagoon, dunes, extensive sandy beaches, cactus-studded hillsides, and capricious rock formations.  Our deluxe campground ‘home’ for the next two nights is already set up for us.  Relax and unwind as guides prepare a nice Happy Hour and then a delicious dinner.
B, L, D

Day 3 Tuesday, Sea Lion Snorkel and SUP Paddleboarding
Transfer by boat to Isla Espiritu Santo – a Natural Protected Area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On our hike, we are captivated by the contrast between the desert and the sea and the islands volcanic rock formations. Put on your snorkel mask and fins and get up and personal with playful sea lions. Return to Balandra Cove and enjoy Stand Up Paddle Boarding SUP along idyllic coastline and into mangroves.  If you’re a beginner, no problem, the warm inviting waters make a perfect learning classroom
B, L, D

Day 4  Wednesday, Whale-Shark Experience
Greet the day with yoga on the beach or a pre-breakfast SUP paddle. Today is our Whale Shark Adventure! Whale sharks are not sharks.. they are fish.. and at sizes of 35-to-45-feet and weight of 15-18 tons, they are easily the world’s largest fish! they feed on plankton, small fish and squid. From early winter until late spring the whale sharks can be found feeding in the rich waters of Baja’s Sea of Cortez and in the Bay of La Paz. Swimming with these gentle giants will be quite the unforgettable adventure experience of a lifetime. Back in La Paz, we check back into our hotel and enjoy a rest. Folks can shop, grab an ice cream along the malecon. Browse in many Mexican arts and crafts shops. Visit the whale museum.  You’re on your own for dinner, but there’s a good chance it may just start with a margarita at sunset on the famous sea promenade – a La Paz tradition!
B, L,

Day 5  Thursday, Whale-Watching
Transfer 2 1/2 hours by van through dramatic desert landscape to Puerto Chale Gray Whale Sanctuary. We’ll board local ‘pangas’ (small boats) to look for whales.  Each winter, Gray Whales, migrate 12,400 miles from Alaska to the warm salty bays of Baja to give birth to and nurse their calves. Adult whales can reach 45-50-feet. The females are larger than the males. a baby can be 15-feet and weigh 1 ton at birth. They will drink about 50 gallons of mother’s milk each day (whale milk is very rich, about 53% fat, whereas Human milk is about 2% fat). Typically within minutes of clambering aboard our motor skiffs we are out in the bay surrounded by whales. The spectacle is quite amazing and close up encounters are common.  These amazing Gray Whale nursing grounds are protected by strict Mexican environmental and ecological legislation. We are careful to observe these regulations by exclusively working with licensed cooperatives that have trained boat drivers. This in turn helps support local fishermen and their families. Return to La Paz.

Day 6 Friday,  Desert Hiking

After breakfast, we’ll lace up our hikers and enjoy a hike  through cactus and oasis of gthe Sierra del Novillo.  Our guides will point out the various cacti, birds and unique flora and fauna along the way.  Time permitting, we end our hike with a swim at picturesque El Saltito Beach. We’ll return around 1 pm.  We say goodbye to our guides and chill or shop prior to our farewell dinner.

Day 7 Saturday, Depart
After breakfast, Transfer 2 1/2 hours by van back to the San Jose Del Cabo Airport (SJD). Flights home must be made for after 1:30 pm.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

Trip Details

Departure: February 23 – 29, 2020
Group Size: 8 – 10 persons
Minimum Age: 18 (see below)

Trip Cost:
$1,395 (8 – 10 persons) *Airfare extra

International airfare is not included

Rates are per person, Double occupancy
Single Room Request $295.
Only for 4 hotel nights in La Paz

What’s Included

  • Airport transfers on first and last day
  • Certified, bi-lingual naturalist guides
  • Single and/or double kayaks
  • All kayaking and camping gear (Guests are responsible for bringing their own sleeping bags. Snorkel sets and wetsuits may be rented.)
  • Accommodations: 4 nights hotel, 2 nights camping
  • Meals as noted in itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • In-country support team
  • Contributions to our women’s program, Centro Mujeres.

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare
  • Any hotel costs while en route prior to Day 1
  • Meals not noted on itinerary
  • Insurance
  • Tip for your guide (optional)
  • Excess baggage charges; airport taxes
  • Cost of medical immunizations
  • Cost of obtaining a passport
  • Items of a personal nature (sodas, alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Air Travel

International airfare is not included. Please always check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to verify your arrival and departure schedule and to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate. Contact your local travel agent, airline, or preferred on-line booking service for airfare needs.

Single Travelers

If you specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the full single supplement noted above. If you wish to share accommodations, we will assign you a same-gender roommate if one is available. If a roommate cannot be found, you will be asked to pay a reduced single fee which is half of the full single supplement. There are only a limited number of single rooms available on most departures.

Single supplement is ONLY for 4 hotel nights in La Paz. There are no requested single accommodations while camping, or in the rustic cabin.

Payment & Cancellation Policy

Deposit of $500 due at time of reservation.
Final balance due 90 days prior to trip departure.

If you cancel prior to departure (we need written notice), cancellation fees are:

– 91 or more days… $0
– 61 to 90 days… $500
– 31 to 60 days… 50% of Trip Cost
– 0 to 30 days… 100% of Trip Cost


Meaningful Trip strongly recommends travel insurance. Our preferred travel insurance provider is World Nomads.  Their ‘Standard’ policy starts at $69 and covers Medical, Trip Cancellation, Baggage, and Emergency Evacuation.   Links can be found on our Deposit, Sign-up, and ‘Travel Resources’ pages.

Trip Level and Qualifications

Easy to Moderate
All welcome. Travel at a relaxed pace. Will include driving of three hours on 2 days. Activity: kayaking 2–3 hours daily (beginners absolutely welcome), light hiking, and snorkeling (which is optional)

Minimum Age: 18
This trip appeals to adult singles and adult couples. Minimum age on this trip is 18. years old (unless on a specifically-designated ‘Family Trips’ or ‘Private Trips’).

Ages 18 – 20, must be accompanied by an adult.


Winter is the ideal time to visit the southern part of the Baja Peninsula “Baja Sur”. Average winter temperatures are around 75-degrees daytime, and cools down to 50’s at night. Water temperature is typically around 65 – 70 degrees. In February, a wetsuit is recommended for swimming with the sea lions; these can be rented. The coast of the Sea of Cortez generally has warmer temperatures than the Pacific coast.


This trip offers a mix of lodging. We tent camp for 2 nights. Its “Meaningful Camping”… think happy hours, beach front views, and starry skies. At the beginning, and for 3 days in the end, we enjoy 4 nights stay at a hotel in lovely La Paz.


While kayaking, camping and whale-watching, the guides prepare bountiful, fresh and healthy meals. We’re sure to have fresh-caught seafood on a couple of nights. We bring potable water with us from town. Our happy hour snacks accompanied by pina coladas and margaritas are a crowd favorite. La Paz offers us a whole range of seafood and other dining choices.

Signing up is easy!

A no risk $500 deposit reserves your spot and is 100% fully refundable if you change your mind for any reason at all, more than 90-days out!  Call or click today. Reserve your spot. Then leave the rest to us. Call: 1–206-305-2200 or sign up now.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the Meaningful Trips Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully. Additional pre-departure information including a Packing List, Medical Form and Liability Release Form is emailed upon sign-up.

Your meaningful trip awaits. Space is limited. Call or click to reserve today.


Women’s rights, reproductive health, and anti-violence

Baja Centro Mujeres & Little Ones

A small portion of your trip cost is donated to Centro Mujeres (Women’s Center). They promote positive social change in Baja and work to empower the region’s most vulnerable populations, including women, youth and seasonal migrant workers. Some specific programs include:

Centro Mujeres promotes reproductive health, an end to violence against women, and the exercise of women’s rights. The center is a safe haven for abused and disempowered women, many of whom do not formally recognize their right to live free of emotional and physical violence. They offer basic health services, counseling, advocacy, and one of the area’s only peer-education programs, PROMESA.

Baja Centro Mujeres against sexual ViolenceLittle Ones is Centro Mujeres’ sexual abuse prevention project with children ages 4 – 6. The program teaches essential skills to children and parents in order to help save them from dangerous situations. Little Ones supports teachers and parents to facilitate conversations with children around sensitive issues.

The Teen Clinic offers information on family planning, reproductive health and STI prevention, in addition to providing basic clinical services, such as pregnancy testing, emergency contraception and pap smears. Free condoms are also available.

What We Believe

At our core, we believe that meaningful and responsible tourism is a conduit for peace and global understanding. Way beyond tourism… we gain insight, discover new perspectives, develop lifelong memories, we become change agents for creating a better world.

Our Pledge

Making Travel Meaningful
All our tours support environmental, economic and social endeavors in the areas we visit. We hire locally. We choose hotels based on their efforts toward sustainability. We promote women’s employment, education and empowerment with all our partners. We support local livelihoods on every element of our tours.

Meaningful Trip’s Triple Give

In addition to all of the above, we:

  • Make contributions to selected global projects, NGO’s, or causes in countries we visit.
  • Make a contribution to Global Giving, a non-profit that connects donors with grassroots projects around the world. MeaningfulTrips is proud to partner with Global Giving and we will specifically target projects that support hunger and poverty needs in the USA.
  • Pledge 1% of our end-of-year net profits to a MeaningfulTrip Trust.

Lodging & Amenities

This trip offers a mix of lodging. We tent camp for 3 nights. Its “Meaningful Camping”… think happy hours, beach front views, and starry skies. For the overnight during our 2-day whale-watching, we stay in very basic, shared bungalows. At the beginning, end and for 2 days in the middle, we enjoy 4 nights stay at a hotel in lovely La Paz.

Baja Camping, Beach & Hotel

Camping, whale watching, and staying in Baja


US embassies abroad

Foreign embassies located in USA


US State Department (passports) – Everything you need to know about passports.

Visas Link

US State Department (visas) – Visa and entry & exit requirements

Visa Services

Zierer Visa Services – ZVS has offices in San Francisco, New York, Houston, Miami, Washington DC, and Florida

Destination Information

Geographia – This site contains concise profiles of major countries in Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, and Latin America. Provides information on: geography, climate, culture, people, history.

World Time

TheTimeNow.com – Find out what time it is, anywhere in the world.

Money Matters

Currency Converter

Health Information

Information on vaccines and advice on how to stay healthy while traveling.

Center for Disease Control – Travel health information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Includes reference material and recommendations by geographic region.

High Altitude Issues

ISMM, International Society for Mountain Medicine – Comprehensive information on Acclimatization and Acute Mountain Sickness, including prevention, recognition, and treatment of altitude illness.


Intellicast Weather Site – This site gives current weather all over the world, as well as historic average temperatures and rainfall, and sunrise/sunset, moonrise/moonset, and the phases of the moon.

Clothing & Gear

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Altrec – The number one source for all your favorite outdoor adventure brands including Mountain Hardwear, Arc’Teryx, Mountainsmith, Oakley, Marmot and many more! A true leader in online shopping.

Columbia Sportswear – “Trying stuff takes us to places we never imagined”

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EagleCreek – Eagle Creek offers the most comprehensive selection of packs, wheeled luggage, duffels, packing, and travel accessories.

ExOfficio – Ex Officio’s adventure travel and urban travel clothing collections are designed to play an active role in your comfort when traveling. The perfect blend of function, low maintenance and multi-climate comfort for everything from hiking, rafting, safaris and cultural tours.

Kelty – Manufacturer of quality outdoor apparel, backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, travel gear and child carriers.

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Salomon – Find out why their boots are the best in the business.

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Books & Maps

Lonely Planet – With content sections labeled The Thorn Tree, World Guide, On the Road, and The Scoop, you know Lonely Planet’s site is much more than just their terrific guidebooks.

Maps – An online World Atlas which covers 7 continents, 12 regions, 190 countries, and 50 US States.

Activity Levels and Qualifications

Activity Levels


All welcome. Travel at a relaxed pace. May include driving of 3 – 4 hours on some days. Activity: easy walking and light hiking, 1 – 3 hours, at low elevation. May include less demanding, half-day trips that may include: bicycling, sea kayaking, or rafting (Class I-II rapids), and these activities are optional. Minimum Age: 16* (see note below).


Recommended for fit travelers with a spirit of adventure. Travel at a moderate pace. Activity: moderate walking and hiking, 3 – 4 hours daily, at elevations which may range from 5,000 – 10,000 feet. May include less demanding half-day or day-trips that may include: bicycling, sea kayaking, or rafting (Class I-II rapids), and these activities are optional. May include driving of 3 – 4 hours on some days.

Minimum Age: 16* (see below).


Recommended for fit travelers. Moderate hiking experience and conditioning are required. Activity: 5 – 8 hours trekking daily at high elevation, while carrying your own small daypack (water, essentials and warm layers). Surfaces: mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents and uneven trails. Elevations: will range from 6,000 – 14,000 feet. It is important that you read our information about Altitude Mountain Sickness. A doctor’s release is required for persons age 60 or older. Minimum Age: 16 (see below).


Designed for very fit travelers. Typically, for extended high-altitude trekking or mountaineering. Activity: 8+ hours/day. Distances: Trek 10 – 12 miles most days. Elevation change: up to 4,000 ft/day. Altitude: may exceed 15,000 ft. Surfaces: remote, mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents, uneven trails with loose features. Experience and conditioning required. A doctor’s release is required for all participants. Minimum age: 18.

Minimum Age

As most of our travelers are adults, our minimum age on all trips is 16 years old (unless on a specifically-designated ‘Private Group Departure’ or ‘Family Departure’). Ages 16 – 20, must be accompanied by an adult.

Map of Baja Mexico

COVID-19: All Tours Paused. Dream Now. Travel Later.
As the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt around the world, we hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and staying healthy. The health and safety of our travelers and staff is our top priority. All tours have been put on pause during this Coronavirus crisis. We are closely monitoring the situation with guidance from the CDC and the U.S. Department of State. Dream Now. Travel Later.