Whales/Sea Turtles-4 nts
- Pace: Good for all ages, but must be able to travel overland about 3-4 hours, in small boats, and camp! Participating in turtle monitoring optional, but much fun!
- 5 days/ 4 nights
- Scheduled dates: Feb 23-27; Feb 27-Mar 3; Mar 7-11
- Price: $1550 per person/double. Children 10 & under, $1085
Experience the wonder of the gray whales, on this 5-day expedition in scenic Magdalena Bay on the Pacific coast of the Baja California peninsula where they come to mate and give birth to their calves before returning north towards the Bering Sea. You will also take part in a sea turtle conservation project recognized around the world as a model for community based conservation. From your secluded base camp on a tiny shell island, learn about the importance of the green sea turtle's survival and the role local fishermen play in the species' recovery, before heading out in pangas to capture and release turtles after recording vital data.
Accompanied by naturalist guides, you´ll learn about the biology of sea turtles, their important ecological function, and the threats that confront these majestic creatures. You will also learn about the critical role your fisher guides play in preserving the sea turtles and their habitat by combining tourism and conservation. Captured turtles are weighed, measured and released. Take a break from the sea turtle activity in the afternoon to relax and read, or identify local birds with your guide. The sea turtle discussions will continue during dinner, and you will have plenty to talk about tonight. Monitoring goes on throughout the night, and snacks, coffee and hot chocolate are always available.
- Accommodations: Field camping (tents and mattress,linens,pillows provided) Toilet &shower facilities are environmentally friendly & integrated into the landscape.
- Included: Ground transportation from La Paz to San Carlos and back (about 3 hours each way), boat transportation to camp and back, 3 gray whale watching excursion (3 hrs each) over 2 days, all meals starting on lunch of day one and ending on lunch of day 5, drinks including wine and beer, taxes, a 3% donation to RED´s community conservation fund, comfortable camping accommodations.
- Not included: International air, transport to La Paz, breakfast day 1, dinner day 5, hotels, transportation prior or after the trip, tips (suggested 10-15%)
Bring: Binoculars, camera, swim wear. More details to be provided once booked.
This trip supports research on black sea turtles as part of the Grupo Tortuguero program. This information provides vital data on health, migration patterns and habitat use of sea turtles in Magdalena Bay, ultimately providing policymakers and authorities with the tools they need to make strategic decisions towards the species' conservation. Travelers also play an important role in conserving Magdalena Bay's natural resources, providing a complementary, sustainable source of employment in a zone plagued by overfishing and poaching. Your trip fees help fund educational excursions that get local youth out into Magdalena Bay to learn about the importance of their natural resources. You help us in building stewards for the future conservation of Magdalena Bay.