Dates 13 Feb '11 to 18 Feb '11
Flexible? No, not really
Est. Cost 1,550 - 1,900 USD (USD United States Dollars)
Type Travel Partners Wanted
Name Pacific Gray Whales birthing grounds in Baja California, Mexico
I "won" this trip for two people at charitybuzz.com for almost 40% off regular price. I am eager to share this wonderful trip (and the savings) with another nature enthusiast.
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY:
** Departure is scheduled for 7:00am (time subject to change) from the Holiday Inn in Old Town, San Diego. After a quick trip across the border to Tijuana, Mexico, you will take a private charter flight to the San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja California, Mexico. Enjoy lunch and a short excursion of the inner lagoon area before boarding boats for the 20-minute ride to the island base camp where you will join the gray whales at their winter calving ground. Once at the base camp, you will have time to settle in, enjoy the first camp dinner and hopefully view a perfect lagoon sunset.
*** Because the departure is scheduled for very early on the morning of Day 1, trip participants must arrive in San Diego the evening prior to accommodate the trip’s departure time.
DAY 2 -4
Twenty-foot panga boats will await you each day to take you out among the whales, which are often just offshore. These Mexican fishing boats are about half the size of a full grown gray whale, and enable you to be at water level in order to have direct contact with the whales as they swim in these pristine waters. You’ll explore the vast lagoon ecosystems via walks on the shoreline, beaches and tide pools. You’ll be able to photograph the bird life, listen to experts discuss natural history or just sit back and absorb the incredible rhythms of the lagoon and its diverse wildlife.
After a hearty camp breakfast and a final farewell to the whales, you will board the boats and travel back to the inner lagoons. Enjoy lunch at a colorful lagoon-side restaurant before the midday charter flight to Tijuana. We will then transfer across the border by bus and return to the hotel in the early evening. If booking a flight out of San Diego this evening, please be sure flight departs after 7pm.
4 nights/5 days
Nature, wildlife and environmental issues
Floored and windowed tents at base camp, Inner Lagoon, Laguna San Ignacio
Moderate with mornings and afternoons spent on the water in fishing boats
SIZE OF GROUP:
Maximum 20 guests
COST PER PERSON:
$1500 per person double occupancy
Tour cost includes all accommodations (except the night before the trip’s departure), meals, group airport transfers, group transportation, lagoon fees, professional guide service and program expenses. Airfare to and from San Diego and guide gratuities are not included.
Pacific Gray Whales birthing grounds in Baja California, Mexico
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