5 Day Air Trip
Direct Flight to San Ignacio LagoonBaby Gray whales and mothers up close
Our five day group aircraft trip is by far our most popular trip. A great way to see the Baja landscape scenery from the air and it only takes two hours via our commercially chartered aircraft. Our trip begins in San Diego where we board a privately chartered bus that takes us to the airport just across the border for departure to San Ignacio Lagoon. You spend four days and four nights at our solar eco-lodge base camp in comfortable cabins with views of the lagoon and 110v power for your devices. Enjoy whale watching twice daily with our local guides and boat captains who are residents of the lagoon that share with you their local knowledge of this peaceful gray whale sanctuary.
Campo Cortez Eco-LodgePerched at the edge of civilization
Upon arriving Campo Cortez Eco-Lodge you’ll spend four days and four nights in the company of the Pacific Gray Whales at their birthing and mating sanctuary. Words cannot describe or prepare you for what you are soon about to experience.
At our eco-lodge you'll enjoy the hospitality, friendliness and local knowledge of our lagoon resident staff and guides. Two whale watching trips are offered daily while other activities include naturalist led tide pool excursions, kayaking the mangrove estuaries, bird watching, beach combing or just enjoy watching the wildlife in the tidal zones as coyotes hunt clams and a variety of migratory birds feed on small fish and seagrass. Watching the wildlife activity in the tidal zone is truly an epic event in itself.
Whale Watching at San Ignacio LagoonWhat makes San Ignacio Lagoon unique
Join us at our remote safari style base campand eco-lodge along the shores of San Ignacio lagoon where Gray Whales have migrated to for thousands of generations. Witness up close the splendor of these majestic giants as proud mothers with newborn calves approach our boats to show off their 14 foot, two ton babies while young males pass below us seeking out mature females to begin the cycle of life in the lagoon once more.
San Ignacio lagoon is truly a unique place and is the only Gray Whale birthing lagoon in the world that has been left untouched by man and has a local community striving to keep the lagoon a sacred and protected sanctuary for these magnificent giants.
Other Activities at Campo CortezNumerous wildlife activities
When to Book and Availability
Availability is on a limited basis. Please make your reservations well in advance in order to secure your space on the aircraft and at camp. Many of our guests plan and book their trips at least six to twelve months in advance. For your comfort, space is limited at camp and all of our reservations are taken on a first come basis. Please email us or check our schedule for availability.
Your 5 Day Trip Intinerary
Our 5 day air trip begins and ends at a local hotel in San Diego. We meet the evening prior to the trip in the lobby of the hotel for an informal question and answer session about what to expect over the next five days.
5 Day Air Trip Itinerary
Our 5 day air trip begins and ends at a local hotel in San Diego. For a full and detailed trip itinerary, check the pdf form at the bottom of this page.
6:30 pm: Evening before trip departure
You will meet this evening for an informal gathering to check in with your trip escort to answer any last minute questions, go over essential trip documentation and help with any last minute trip preparations.
Day 1: Depart for San Ignacio Lagoon
Meet in the hotel lobby by 7am where you will load our charter bus and depart for the San Diego / Mexico Border at Tijuana where you check-in with Mexican Immigration and Customs. After checking into the country, you then head to the private and secure airport at Ensenada where you’ll check in again with local airport immigration and then board our charter aircraft for San Ignacio Lagoon. You arrive San Ignacio Lagoon today at approximately 2:30pm and to camp shortly thereafter. Today is a travel day and you’ll meet the camp staff, go through a camp orientation, check into your beachside cabin and enjoy happy hour and dinner this evening.
Days 2 through 4:
The day begins and ends with the rising and falling of the sun. Enjoy two whale watches daily. One in the morning and another in the afternoon and whale watching times are set according to the daily tides. Our daily itinerary will vary according to the tide and weather, so expect times to vary day to day. You will be notified at camp of the daily schedule.
(Expect changes to our daily schedule due to any unforeseen circumstances — remember to bring a flexible attitude and you will be rewarded with the experience of a lifetime.)
Day 5: Depart for San Diego
After an early breakfast, you’ll say your farewells and head to the Lagoon airstrip for an early departure to Ensenada where you’ll meet the incoming group and then board our charter bus back to San Diego where we usually arrive by 3:30 pm. We recommend you NOT make travel arrangements today as our schedule is at the mercy of the elements and crossing times at the US / Mexico border.ITINERARY PDF FILE
OVERVIEW PDF FILE
PACKING LIST PDF FILE
HANDLERY HOTEL PDF FILE
Questions? Please email our office at email@example.com.
Solar-Powered CabinsComfortable and cozy accommodations
Our beachside solar powered cabins are comfortable and cozy. They are modest in size and offer amenities that are a big step up from camping. Each cabin offers a warm and comfortable safari style ambience and protection from the fierce environment (mostly wind). Each cabin offers its own spectacular view of the lagoon and is situated close to the waters edge. Additionally, the cabins are equipped with a small desk and mirror and shelving to store your clothing and valuables. Keys are provided for guests that wish to lock their cabins. All cabins are supplied with fresh linens, pillows and clean sleeping bags for each new arrival.
Solar Power and Electric
The cabins operate on Solar Power and have a small solar panel array on the roof that captures and stores the radiant energy from the sun into a 12 volt marine battery. The battery is then connected to an inverter that converts this stored electricity from 12 volt DC power to 110v AC power which you can then use to charge your small electronics such as video cameras, notebook computers and rechargeable batteries. Cabins are also equipped with an interior light, two windows for ventilation and extra blankets.
Safari-style tents: Heavy-duty canvas tents with standup headroom and camp cots are also available at our base-camp. They are fully equipped with freshly cleaned linens, sleeping bags, and pillows. These are available when we either have no cabins available or when guests prefer to choose a tent in order to avoid a single supplement fee. Rarely do we run out of cabins for any of our 5 and 6 day trips, and we will notify you if this is the case and you can choose to either occupy a tent or choose another trip date.
Trip Fees and Dates
There are additional fees in order to travel to Mexico, transit the airports and enter the Park of the Vizcaino Biosphere. The fee amounts for each of these changes annually and you will be billed as an additional line item when we know the fee each year. These fees can change at anytime, but we charge you only what the actual fee is and at the time you are billed. If the fees go up, then you will not be charged again.
Single Supplement Fee
Our trip fees are based on double occupancy, and typically we only allow two single cabins per trip. Therefore a single supplement fee is charged to guests occupying a single cabin.Single arrangements are not always available for each trip, therefore we offer a few options for guests that wish to travel solo.
Option 1: Pay the single fee for a private cabin (we offer two single cabins per trip).
Option 2: Choose our Safari style canvas tent (no single fee).
Option 3: Choose to room with another single traveler (we will attempt to match you with another guest, but cannot guarantee a match (single fee applies until we match you or choose a tent).
Included In Your Trip
Our trip begins and ends in San Diego, California. You will need to be at the hotel that we depart from the evening before departure (check your itinerary). The following list of items is included in our five and six day air trips:
NOT Included In Your Trip