5 Day Air Trip


Direct Flight to San Ignacio Lagoon

Baby 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-Lodge

Perched 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 Lagoon

What makes San Ignacio Lagoon unique
Map of the San Ignacio Lagoon
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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 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 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.

Daily Camp Schedule: Camp Activities:
7:00 am:
8:00 am:
8:45 am:
12:00 pm:
1:30 pm:
5:30 pm:
6:30 pm:
9:00 pm: 
Hot breakfast
Whale watching
Whale watching
Happy hour
Lights out-Palapa
  • Naturalist lead excursions and lectures
  • Guided tide pool exploration and critter hunts
  • Guided kayaking excursions to mangroves
  • Up close whale observation and petting
  • Night-time sky-gazing—incredible skies at night
  • Bird watching and Beach combing
  • Happy hour and incredible sunsets
  • Gray whale bone-yard
  • (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.





    Questions? Please email our office 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.


    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

    February 2023 Departures
    # Departure Return Trip Fee Trip Description Notes
    P1 Feb 16 Feb 20 $3,675.00 5 Day Air Trip Booking Now
    P2 Feb 20 Feb 24 $3,675.00 5 Day Air Trip Booking Now
    P3 Feb 24 Feb 28 $3,675.00 5 Day Air Trip SOLD OUT
    P4 Feb 28 Mar 04 $3,675.00 5 Day Air Trip Booking Now

    March 2023 Departures
    # Departure Return Trip Fee Trip Description Notes
    P5 Mar 04 Mar 08 $3,675.00 5 Day Air Trip Booking Now
    P6 Mar 08 Mar 12 $3,675.00 5 Day Air Trip SOLD OUT
    P7 Mar 12 Mar 16 $3,675.00 5 Day Air Trip Booking Now
    P8 Mar 16 Mar 20 $3,675.00 5 Day Air Trip Booking Now

    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: $45.00 USD
    Mexican Tourist Visa (FMT) $40.00 USD
    Airport Fees and Taxes $65.00 USD
    Single Supplement Fee (if available) $500.00 USD
    Self Arrive Option
    $2,295.00 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 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:

    • 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
    • Snacks on bus and airplane
    • Hot water showers

    NOT Included In Your Trip

    • Call or imported liquor drinks while at camp
    • Transportation to San Diego
    • Hotel stays in San Diego
    • Travel insurance
    • Staff gratuity

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       5 Day Air Highlights

    6 whale watches
    Direct Flight
    4 days and 4 nights
    All-inclusive fee
    Beach-side cabins
    110v power in cabins
    Tide pool exploration
    Mangrove tour
    Bird watching
    Hot showers
    Flushing toilets
    Open bar

    Trip Level: Easy
    Trip Fee: $3,675.00 pp, dbl. occ.
    Fully guided from San Diego, CA

    2023 CALENDAR

    Whale Petting Video
    The Friendly Gray Whales of San Ignacio Lagoon
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