The Friendly Whales of San Ignacio Lagoon

Baja Ecotours Friendly Gray Whales at San Ignacio Lagoon

The Great Migration to Baja Mexico's Breeding Lagoons

The Gray whale migration to Baja’s San Ignacio Lagoon

Map of the San Ignacio LagoonEach winter from December through April, a magnificent event takes place along the Eastern Pacific shoreline. A primal calling brings forth the longest known mammal migration. From the cold Arctic waters of the Bering Sea, Pacific Gray Whales make their way South to the remote warm water lagoons of Mexico's Baja peninsula.

It is in these desert lagoons that the propagation of these mighty giants occurs and the future of their species is dependent. Although hunted to the brink of extinction only a few decades ago, Pacific Gray Whales have made a remarkable comeback from an estimated few thousand animals world wide to a recently estimated population of 25,000 animals.

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The Friendly Experience At San Ignacio Lagoon

What makes San Ignacio Lagoon unique

friendly whalesFew wildlife experiences in the world can compare when it comes to San Ignacio Lagoon. In fact for up close whale watching, there is no place like it on the planet. Baja Ecotours invites you to join us at our remote, solar powered Ecolodge at San Ignacio Lagoon where man and leviathan have formed a unique and peaceful relationship. Dubbed as "ballenas amistosas" (Spanish for "friendly whales") by local fishermen because of their curious and gentle nature, these whales often approach our skiffs to interact with us.

These friendly Gray Whales actually seek out human interaction. Often, proud mothers with newborn calves will approach our skiffs to present them to us while encouraging us to scratch their backs and baleen as they lounge around our skiffs. Over the years, this extraordinary behavior has become a regular occurrence only at San Ignacio Lagoon. It is this trusting gesture of friendship that makes a visit to San Ignacio Lagoon a once in a lifetime and unforgettable experience.

About Our Ecolodge and the Wildlife

What makes San Ignacio Lagoon unique

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Situated at the heart of the Viscaino Biosphere, our solar and wind powered Ecolodge lies on the shores of San Ignacio lagoon, at the mouth of an estuary offering spectacular opportunities to view breeding and birthing Gray Whales throughout the day. A variety of species of migrating birds take refuge in the mangroves, which provides excellent bird watching. The local shoreline here is covered with millions of years of ancient whale fossils, bones, and shells.

This region of the Baja Peninsula is truly a piece of paradise that has been left untouched throughout thousands of generations and offers visitors a look at how the peninsula once was before man’s arrival. The camp offers fifteen solar powered cabins with their own electric source, two single beds (no cots) all within a cozy base camp style setting offering privacy and safe haven from the harsh elements of the lagoon.

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