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The Gray whale migration to Baja’s San Ignacio Lagoon 

The Friendly Gray Whales of San Ignacio Lagoon

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Each 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. 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.


The Friendly Experience

Baja Ecotours invites you join us at our remote eco-solar lodge at San Ignacio lagoon where man and leviathan have formed a unique and peaceful relationship.  Dubbed as "friendlies" by the locals because of their curious and gentle nature, they often approach our skiffs to interact with us. These friendly Gray Whales actually seek out human interaction. Often, mothers with calves will approach our skiffs to present their calves to us, 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.


San Ignacio Lagoon trip options

5 day group air expedition

Round trip from San Diego to San Ignacio Lagoon. Board our NEW commercially chartered flight for the whale watching experience of a lifetime. Spend four days and four nights at our all inclusive whale watching eco-lodge.

Trip Fees: $2,875 pp    Group Size:  1-24

6 day air trip: $3,200

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6 Day guided bus tour

Round trip from San Diego to San Ignacio Lagoon all inclusive journey. Join our experienced guide in San Diego who will escort you on your trip. Four days and three nights spent at our whale watching eco-lodge allowing you a total of six whale watches during your stay and a visit to the 17th dentury mmission of San Ignacio on your departure.

Trip Fees:  $1,495 pp    Group Size: 1-24
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Self Arrivals

Arrive to our eco-lodge base camp in your own car, plane, or by bus during our non-peek weeks of travel. You’ll enjoy the hospitality, comfort and privacy of our secluded eco-lodge on the shores of the lagoon with all meals, beverages, kayaking, natural history excursions and two whale watches daily. 

Trip Fees:  $295 pp daily  
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About our base camp and wildlife

Situated at the heart of the Viscaino Biosphere, our solar and wind powered eco-lodge 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 mans arrival. The camp offers fourteen solar powered cabins with there 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.whale watching san ignacio pic13

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Baja Ecotours

Journeys of exploration and discovery

Tele: 619-819-2966    Toll Free: 877-506-0557
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US Office: 24500 Deer Trail Aguilar, CO. 81020

Mexico Office: Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez 2255 23000 La Paz, Baja California Sur

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We offer one of the finest gray whale watching trips in the San Ignacio Lagoon thanks to the dedication of our staff. We stand apart from other whale watching tour operators in the Baja Peninsula for that reason.


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