6 Day Air / Bus Combination Trip

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Gray Whale Expedition Combo

Gray Whale nursery for the next generation

Our combination Flight-Bus trip to San Ignacio Lagoon offers only two trip dates and you get to take advantage of a one way flight to or from the camp at an affordable trip fee. You will fly one way and take the bus the opposite way…depending on the trip you choose. Our February departure offers a bus trip to the lagoon and then a return flight and our March trip offers the reverse -- fly to the lagoon and then return by bus. Our experienced Baja guide will escort you on the entire journey as you experience land based travel through old Mexico on the ABC or Aguila bus lines and then on our privately chartered flight.

You’ll spend four days and four nights at Campo Cortez, our state of the art "off the grid" solar and wind powered ecolodge. Days are spent whale watching, kayaking and beachcombing while evenings are spent in the company of our local lagoon resident staff at our eco-lodge discussing the days events and enjoying informal lectures from our staff and resident experts. While transiting through the village of San Ignacio we’ll visit the 17th century Jesuit mission of San Ignacio and visit the local museum where exhibitions of prehistoric cave petrogliffs (cave paintings) are seen from the local Sierra de Los Giagantes mountain range.

Campo Cortez Ecolodge

A remote location at San Ignacio Lagoon

Upon arriving Campo Cortez ecolodge 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 ecolodge 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 Lagoon

What makes San Ignacio Lagoon unique
Map of the San Ignacio Lagoon
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Situated at the heart of the Vizcaino Bisophere, San Ignacio lagoon is truly a unique place on our planet 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. Gray Whales here are called "ballenas amistosas" (Spanish for "friendly whales") by the locals, these gentle giants actually seek out human interaction.

Join us at our remote, solar powered Ecolodge and Base-Camp 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.

Other Activities at Campo Cortez

Numerous wildlife activities

   Tide pool exploration
   Hiking the beach/dunes
   Kayaking mangroves
   Gray Whale graveyard
   Nesting Ospreys in camp
   Bird watching
   Beach combing
   Sunsets and stargazing

Solar Eco-Cabins

Solar Eco-Cabins

Camp Facilities

Camp Facilities

A Day at Camp

A Day at Camp


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.

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Your Trip Intinerary

Please email our office for an itinerary at info@bajaecotours.com.

 

 

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Solar-Powered Cabins

Comfortable 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.

CPAP Machines
Yes, with advance notice, we can make available power to your cabin so that you can utilize a CPAP machine.

Cabin Sizes and Descriptions
Item # Bed Arrangement
Double Cabins 12 Single bed with mattress on each side of cabin.
Triple Cabins 3 Double bed with mattress on one side and single bed on other side. We can add a cot for small children to allow 4 in the triple cabins.
Tents 3 Stand up headroom, canvas tents with two cots and clean sleeping bags and pillows.

Tents

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.

Cabin Photos


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Trip Fees and Dates


January 2018 Departures
Departure Return Trip Fee Trip Description Notes
         
Jan 30 Feb 04 $2,325.00 6 Day Bus-Fly Combo OPEN
         

March 2018 Departures
Departure Return Trip Fee Trip Description Notes
         
Mar 28 Apr 02 $2,325.00 6 Day Fly-Bus Combo OPEN
         

Additional Fees

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.

Additional Fees and Rates
Item Amount
Vizcaino Biosphere Entry Fee: $35.00 USD
Mexican Tourist Visa (FMT) $35.00 USD
Airport Fees and Taxes $30.00 USD per guest— (only for air trips)
Single Supplement Fee (if available) $375.00 USD
Self Arrive Option
$1,450.00 USD per guest
Join one of our air trips via your own transport. Limited space and restrictions apply.

Self Arrive Option

Arrive via your own transpiration and join any of our 5 day air trips. Space is limited for this option and restrictions apply. Permitted when staying same dates as one of our 5 day air trips (4 days / 4 nights). Cabins are not guaranteed and are reserved for guests on the air trip. Check with our office for availability.

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 we depart from either the evening before departure or day of departure early in the morning (see the appropriate itinerary for your trip). The following list of items is included in our five and six day air trips:

  • All meals, beverages (sodas, beer and margaritas) at Campo Cortez
  • Round trip transportation from San Diego to San Ignacio Lagoon
  • Entrance fee to Vizcaino Biosphere – conservation passport
  • Tourist card: Mexican tourist visa (FMT)
  • Sleeping bag, pillow, blanket and linens
  • Solar electric battery charging station
  • Clean bathrooms with flushing toilets
  • Naturalist led walks and discussions
  • Two whale watching trips per day
  • Kayaking and tide pool exploration
  • Breakfast in San Ignacio (morning arrival Bus-Fly trip only)
  • Snacks on bus and airplane
  • Hot water showers

NOT Included In Your Trip

  • Call or imported liquor drinks while at camp
  • Dinner in San Ignacio (before bus ride back-Fly-Bus trip only)
  • Transportation to San Diego
  • Hotel stays in San Diego
  • Meals while on bus
  • Travel insurance
  • Staff gratuity

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   6 Day Air / Bus Highlights

7 whale watches
Flight and bus travel
4 days and 4 nights
17th Century Mission
All-inclusive fee
Beach-side cabins
Cabins with electricity
Tide pool exploration
Mangrove tour
Bird watching
Kayaking
Hot showers
Flushing toilets
Open bar

Trip Level: Moderate
Trip Fee: $2,325 pp, dbl. occ.
Guided trip; Bus travel is overnight

2018 CALENDAR
Whale Petting Video
The Friendly Gray Whales of San Ignacio Lagoon
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