5 Day Air Trip to San Ignacio Lagoon
Up Close Whale Watching in Baja, Mexico
Experience the Unforgettable: Join Baja Ecotours for a 5-Day Air Trip to the Gray Whale Sanctuary in San Ignacio Lagoon.
Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure with Baja Ecotours at Campo Cortez, our solar-powered ecolodge nestled along the pristine shores of San Ignacio Lagoon. Discover the captivating world of the majestic Gray Whales as they migrate to this sanctuary, a cherished destination for thousands of generations. Immerse yourself in the heart of Mexico's largest protected area, the Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve, and witness the extraordinary bond between mother Gray Whales and their newborn calves.
At Laguna San Ignacio, our boats offer an intimate encounter like no other. Experience the incredible closeness as mother Gray Whales gracefully approach, inviting us to scratch, pet, and even sing to them. This awe-inspiring interaction is an exclusive privilege of San Ignacio Lagoon, where this phenomenon has become a regular occurrence. Unlike anywhere else in the world, this unique location remains untouched by human interference, thanks to the dedicated efforts of the local community, who strive to preserve the lagoon as a sacred and protected sanctuary for these magnificent and friendly giants.
Our commitment to sustainability is reflected in our low-impact, solar-powered ecolodge. Rest assured knowing that your stay with us will have minimal environmental impact, allowing you to fully appreciate this life-changing event. Join us at San Ignacio Lagoon, and let the ethereal beauty of these gentle giants touch your soul.
Don't miss out on this extraordinary opportunity! Book your spot now and embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Baja Ecotours is your gateway to the Gray Whale sanctuary at Laguna San Ignacio, offering an experience that will forever be etched in your memories.
ARRIVE SAN IGNACIO LAGOON BY ROUND TRIP AIR
Embark on an unforgettable 5-day air trip with Baja Ecotours to San Ignacio Lagoon, the ultimate destination for experiencing majestic Gray Whales in their natural habitat. Discover the best gray whale trips offered in Baja, Mexico, as you immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes and wildlife encounters.
Our journey begins with a breath-taking two and a half hour flight, providing an unparalleled aerial perspective of the mesmerizing Baja landscape. Travel in comfort aboard our commercially chartered aircraft, departing from San Diego, as our experienced guides ensure a seamless and enjoyable journey to your destination.
Indulge in a five-day, nature-filled retreat at Campo Cortez Ecolodge, nestled in the heart of this tranquil sanctuary. Our clean, comfortable, and rugged cabins (not tents) offer panoramic views of the lagoon, allowing you to witness the splendor of these magnificent creatures from the comfort of your own accommodation. Relax in cozy, comfortable beds and take advantage of the electricity provided to charge your camera and other small devices, ensuring you capture every magical moment.
Immerse yourself in the wonders of the Gray Whale Sanctuary with whale watching excursions led by our knowledgeable local guides and boat captains, who are residents of the lagoon. Benefit from their expertise and intimate understanding of the area as they share captivating insights and stories about these gentle giants. Spend your days engaged in thrilling whale watching sessions, beachcombing along the pristine shores, and participating in guided tide pool excursions and kayaking adventures.
As the sun sets, gather with fellow travelers during our cherished happy hour sessions, where you can share and discuss the day's events. Expand your knowledge through nightly lectures and engaging discussions, further enhancing your understanding of the marine environment. Delight in the flavors of authentic Mexican cuisine prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, heightening your culinary experience. As day turns to night, indulge in mesmerizing stargazing opportunities under the clear night sky.
Embark on this extraordinary 5-day air trip offered by Baja Ecotours, and discover the unrivaled wonders of Gray Whales in their natural habitat. Book your adventure now to secure your place on this remarkable journey, ensuring memories that will last a lifetime.
WATERFRONT SOLAR-POWERED CABINS AT CAMPO CORTEZ
Discover our exceptional beachside cabins and accommodations for an unforgettable gray whale watching experience at Baja Ecotours and San Ignacio Lagoon. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature with our waterfront solar-powered cabins at Campo Cortez.
Nestled at the water's edge, Campo Cortez is a unique off-the-grid solar ecolodge, offering 16 solar electric cabins that provide breathtaking views of San Ignacio Lagoon. Wake up each morning to the awe-inspiring sight of one of the largest mangrove estuaries in the area, where over 250 bird species thrive and beaches are adorned with ancient whale bones and shells. With the lagoon at your doorstep, along with an abundance of wildlife, you'll be immersed in a truly captivating natural environment.
Our beachside cabins are designed to offer both comfort and protection from the elements. Equipped with electricity, cozy beds, and thoughtful amenities, they provide a serene retreat from the strong winds and rugged elements of the Baja peninsula. Fresh linens, pillows, and shelving are provided, along with countertop space, a small desk, and mirrors. These cabins are not only cozy and efficient but also environmentally conscious, leaving a small footprint on the land while adhering to local Biosphere regulations. Indulge in the luxury of our new, plush beds complemented by organic cotton sheets, duvets, and annually updated linens, ensuring a restful and rejuvenating stay.
We understand that every guest has unique needs, and we are committed to ensuring your comfort during your stay. If you have any special requirements, please let us know, and we will go above and beyond to accommodate them. For guests who rely on CPAP machines, we have two cabins equipped with continuous power throughout the night specifically for CPAP devices. Additionally, we offer one cabin with wheelchair access, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the wonders of our accommodations.
Experience the perfect blend of nature, comfort, and sustainability with our beachside cabins at Campo Cortez. Book your stay today and embark on an extraordinary journey to witness the majestic Gray Whales of San Ignacio Lagoon.
EXPERIENCE, LOCATION AND LOCALLY OPERATED ARE WHAT SET US APART
Discover the unparalleled experience offered by Campo Cortez Ecolodge – your gateway to an unforgettable adventure at San Ignacio Lagoon. As a locally operated ecolodge, we pride ourselves on our exceptional location, modern amenities, and commitment to sustainable practices.
Nestled on the outskirts of civilization, Campo Cortez Ecolodge provides a unique blend of comfort and environmental consciousness. Our off-the-grid community has been powered by solar and wind energy for over 25 years, ensuring a clean and renewable source of power. Constructed using traditional building methods and local materials, our palapa serves as the central gathering point for daily activities and meals.
With our state-of-the-art solar and wind generation system, you'll have access to 110 AC or 12-volt DC power for all your charging needs. Whether it's your phone, video camera, or camera batteries, you can conveniently recharge them in the dining palapa or your cabin during the day. Our facilities feature hot showers, flushing marine toilets, and numerous hand washing stations, providing modern comforts in harmony with the surrounding environment.
Stay connected with our cell phone range booster and STARLINK internet service, ensuring you can share your memorable moments and stay in touch with loved ones. Take advantage of our kayaks for guided excursions into the enchanting mangroves, or explore our trails for walking, hiking, and beachcombing. Join our tide-pooling excursions, where you'll discover fascinating marine life and even try your hand at chocolate clam hunting during our weekly clam and oyster bake.
Within our palapa, you'll find a wealth of resources to enhance your stay:
- An extensive book and video library showcasing Baja and its remarkable marine mammals and plants
- Televisions for viewing our daily videos and engaging presentations
- A dedicated science and weather monitoring station, keeping you informed about the local environment
- Refreshments including sodas, beer, and wine, ensuring you can unwind and savor the moment
- Fresh drinking water, coffee, and hot tea to keep you hydrated and energized
- Snacks and fruit for a quick pick-me-up during your adventures
- Cell phone antenna and booster, ensuring you stay connected even in this remote location
- Reliable STARLINK internet access for your online needs
Immerse yourself in the wonders of San Ignacio Lagoon with Campo Cortez Ecolodge, where an extraordinary experience awaits. Book your stay today and let us be your gateway to an unforgettable Baja Mexico adventure.
|Coffee, cereals, fruit
• Guided tide pool exploration and critter hunts
• Guided kayaking* excursions to mangroves
• Naturalist led excursions and lectures
• Up close whale observation and petting
• Happy hour and incredible sunsets
• Gray whale boneyard
• Beach combing and stargazing
• Bird watching
|Lights out-Palapa (Baja Midnight)
*Camp Schedule WILL vary day to day based on tidal movements and weather.
*Kayaking is dependent upon the tide. Camp guides will lead kayaking trips.
|Trip Departs and Returns:
|San Diego – Handlery Hotel (parking available) 1-800-676-6567
|Night before departure meeting:
|Meet guide in lobby at 6:30pm for informal gathering.
|After breakfast at the hotel, we depart at 7:45am to drive to the airport.
Arrive San Ignacio Lagoon for orientation, Happy Hour and dinner.
|Day 2, 3, 4:
|3 full days and nights including 6 whale watching trips and other activities.
|Depart camp after breakfast and arrive San Diego by 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
- Round trip charter air direct to San Ignacio Lagoon
- Solar powered beach cabins with lagoon views
- All inclusive: meals, beer, wine, margaritas and happy hour
- Kayaking, hiking, beachcombing, tide pool exploration
- Experienced and knowledgeable local resident staff
- 4 days and 4 nights at our private Ecolodge
- Naturalist led discussions and field excursions
- Bird watching and stargazing
- Whale watching twice daily
- Evening presentations
- Mangrove tour
Included in your trip fee:
- All meals and beverages: sodas, beer, wine and margaritas while at Campo Cortez
- Round trip transportation from San Diego to San Ignacio Lagoon
- Entrance fee to Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve (added to invoice)
- CBX Border pass and airport fees (added to invoice)
- Tourist card: Mexican tourist visa
- Naturalist led walks and discussions
- Two whale watching trips per day
- Kayaking and tide pool exploration
- Snacks on bus and airplane
Not included in your trip fee:
- Premium liquor or call drinks
- Transportation to and from San Diego
- Hotel stays in San Diego
- Travel insurance
- Staff gratuity
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|Booking - 3 spaces remaining
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|Booking - 9 spaces remaining
|Self Arrival to Campo Cortez and join any 5 day air trip: (arrive camp on your own during an above trip itinerary – limited space
|Author led trip by Jim Dorsey, Lectures, stories and book signing.
|Deposit and Additional fees for 5 Day Air Trip:
|$55 USD (Vizcaino Biosphere Fee San Ignacio Lagoon)
|Airport fees and CBX Crossing:
Availability is on a limited basis. Please make your reservations well in advance to secure your space on the aircraft and at the Ecolodge. Many of our guests plan and book their trips at least six to 12 months in advance. For your comfort, space is limited at camp and all our reservations are taken on a first come basis. Please call or email us to check our schedule for availability.
Before your departure, you’ll receive from us:
- Comprehensive itinerary package and travel information
- Camp guidelines and whale watching information
- Guide information and contact information
- Detailed packing list
We are consistantly rated the #1 Travelers’ Choice on Trip Advisor year after year for one reason, our Staff and Owners - who are residents and locals to San Ignacio Lagoon. We are four generations of family living and working in the lagoon since the settlement of San Ignacio Lagoon. We take pride in our efforts at our Ecolodge to have a low-impact environmentally and the responsibility that we carry as Ambassadors to the lagoon and its many wildlife residents.