Perhaps the most extraordinary wildlife encounter on the planet is a visit to San Ignacio Lagoon to meet up close 40-ton Grey Whales and their newborn calves. Grey whale mothers often seek out human interaction as they approach our boats to present their newborn calves to us while encouraging visitors to scratch their heads, back, and baleen as they lounge around our boats. Over the years this behavior has become a regular occurrence only at San Ignacio Lagoon.

Three Trip Options

5 Day Air Trips

Our most popular trip – Our privately chartered aircraft takes you directly to San Ignacio Lagoon.

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8 Day Big Whale Trip

Best of Baja: Marine wildlife on the the Sea of Cortez to the breeding lagoon of San Ignacio on the Pacific Ocean.

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Get to our eco-lodge by your own means of transportation and pay the all inclusive daily rate.

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Journey with the Author

P2: February 12 - 16

Spend a week with the author of “The Lagoon,” James Michael Dorsey, as he leads a once in a lifetime trip to San Ignacio Lagoon as a guest guide. You’ll hear personal tales and stories of his decades on the water as resident naturalist, working nose to nose with 40-ton wild animals. James will give readings and presentations with dramatic photos and videos based on his definitive book “The Lagoon”.

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Baja Ecotours Whale Blog

Gray Whale Blowing

2023 San Ignacio Lagoon Whale Census

2023 Whale Census for San Ignacio Lagoon. This is a an extremely positive outlook given there were so many newborn calves seen along with the high concentration of whales making the southbound journey. Over the past few years of 2021 & 2022 we had an unusual mortality event or UME…and it looks like we have... Continue reading

petting gray whales

Fred Greene’s 5 Day Air Trip to San Ignacio Lagoon

Thanks Fred for this great video of your trip on March 12-16. Fred shows us a full accounting of our 5 day air trip to San Ignacio Lagoon and Campo Cortez to see the Gray Whales. Private flight from Tijuana directly to San Ignacio Lagoon and then mother Gray Whales nursing and playing with their... Continue reading

Whale Petting

Whale Watching for Kids at Laguna San Ignacio

A day of up close whale encounters unique to Laguna San Ignacio. Campo Cortez Ecolodge on the shores of San Ignacio Lagoon is proud to bring our guests up close and personal with the Pacific Gray Whales that are born in this precious lagoon. Kids especially have the best of luck with newborn Gray Whale... Continue reading

Fresh Oysters Served at Campo Cortez

It’s our last night of a group trip at Campo Cortez and we always have a fun treat with locally grown and harvested oysters from “SOL AZUL” oyster farms here at San Ignacio Lagoon. Since we are asked about the oysters and where they come from, how they are harvested and more….we thought why not... Continue reading

What Our Guests Are Saying

  • "This is an absolute MUST! Baja Ecotours was a huge part of why my trip was so extraordinary. Go with this company! You won’t regret it!"
    Kelly Moore
  • "The most incredible experience I've ever had, an incredibly beautiful and remote place, where the connection with nature and other people is impossible not to happen. "
    Sandra Naylor
  • "Watching gray whales play around the boat is some of the most amazing wild animal encounters I've ever had. Baja Ecotours made that experience even more enjoyable."
    Peter Kragh
  • "What a fantastic experience...a trip of a lifetime with Baja Ecotours!!! Would highly recommend this trip to anyone interested in nature and big animals!"
    Curtis McNamee
  • "I have returned to Campo Cortez and Baja Ecotours for two decades. There are no equal companies for seeing whales up close and learning how to appreciate and protect them."
    James Dorsey
  • "Magical people and magical place. The whales literally followed us with Captain Maldo. This is a must experience for everyone!"
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