Latin America Vacations
Mexico | Best of Baja | Adult
Swim with whale sharks and sea lions, snorkel above the reefs in the Sea of Cortez, and help marine wildlife researchers
7 Days / 6 Nights
Activity Level Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.
Embark on an island getaway of a lifetime in Baja California and its neighbor Isla Espiritu in the Gulf of California. You’ll have plenty of chances to check off your tropical paradise bucket list: Swimming with whale sharks, snorkeling in the Sea of Cortez’s reefs, helping marine wildlife researchers, watch turtles hatch on the beach, and learn how to cook Baja California style with a famous chef. This seaside trip begins with a few relaxing activities to prepare you for a week of ocean adventures. Immerse yourself in the ocean beauty as you hike along the cliffs and peer out for whales surfacing or soak up the sun on the sandy beaches. In the evenings, relax in luxurious tents on Isla Espiritu, fall asleep to the waves crashing onto the shore. Read about the Austin Family Adventure to Baja in April of 2021 to hear first-hand how the guides in Baja exceeded every expectation.
- Stretch and warm-up in the morning sunshine during a yoga class on a sky deck
- Breathe in the fresh sea air and explore the craggy seashores on a bluff hike
- Dive into the aquamarine water for an intimate snorkeling experience, coming face-to-face with colorful tropical fish
- Swim alongside whale sharks, known for their gentle nature and immense size, and aid researchers in their efforts to track sea turtles and whale sharks
- Cook up some deliciously authentic Latin American cuisine with the help of a local chef
A few more reasons why you’ve gotta go:
Get an insider’s look at Camp Cecil, a National Marine Park part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting unforgettable wildlife viewing.
Live, sleep, explore, and eat on Isla Espiritu Santo, a gorgeous island where you’ll “glamp” for three nights on the beach.
The diverse wildlife of Baja is simply incredible! Visit the Frigatebird colony where extravagant tropical birds will show off their bright red chests.
Los Cabos International Airport SJD
Los Cabos International Airport SJD
Bienvenidos! You will be met at the Los Cabos International Airport in San José del Cabo and transferred to our accommodations area. Take in the dramatic Baja landscape as you travel. Your rooms at Los Colibris Casitas will provide stunning ocean views. A welcome meeting with your adventure guides will be over an authentic taco dinner at Iker’s Colibris Café.
About Los Colibris Casitas
Located in Todos Santos, Los Colibris Casitas delivers a luxurious, relaxing environment in casas and casitas with a boutique hotel feel. With magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean in your periphery here, guests will enjoy the natural elements that surround them. A freshwater estuary, palm grove oasis, and the Sierra de la Laguna mountains frame this impeccable property. Although delightfully blanketed in solitude, this accommodation is just a few minutes’ drive away from local businesses, eateries, and shops.
Los Colibris Yoga Sky Deck / Punta Lobos
This morning, awaken your body to prepare for this week’s adventure with a little yoga class on the Los Colibris Yoga Sky Deck. Fill up with a Mexican breakfast before venturing out to Punta Lobos for a hike. Traipse along the Pacific bluff cliff walk and breathe in the fresh sea air wisping across the expansive ocean view. While enjoying the bird’s eye view of the waves at each outlook, watch for whales surfacing. A picnic lunch will be served seaside at San Pedro and have a chance to swim. You may also be lucky enough to witness baby turtles hatching on the beach today! Dinner will be at a local eatery.
Sea of Cortez / Camp Cecil
Today you’ll gear up for a snorkeling adventure on the Sea of Cortez from Isla Espiritu Santo. The Sea of Cortez, or the Gulf of California, is a 700-mile-long body of water between Baja California and mainland Mexico. Dive into the aquamarine water where tropical fish will swim past your nose. At Camp Cecil, you’ll have the choice of kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, or swimming with marine wildlife as you immerse yourself into the island paradise. Camp Cecil is a National Marine Park, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site that offers unforgettable underwater viewing experiences.
About Camp Cecil de la Isla
This pristine base camp will provide guests with all the natural fun of camping without the hassle. You’ll be housed in decorated walk-in tents featuring clean linens, tables, lanterns, storage space, seating arrangements, and more items for your comfort. Located on Isla Espiritu Santo, Camp Cecil was recognized by National Geographic as the Number One Luxury Tent Camp resort. With easy access to the ocean playground that surrounds the accommodation, you’ll have a glamping experience of a lifetime.
Isla Espiritu Santo
Spend another beautiful day on Isla Espiritu where you can explore at your own rate. Jump into the water again to swim, snorkel, or paddleboard among the creatures below. Choose to stay on land and watch the tropical birds putting on magnificent colorful displays and singing their exotic tunes. On one of the island adventures, there will be a local wildlife biologist available and you can help measure and tag sea turtles for a university research program. The rugged beauty of the island makes it an ideal spot for escapades.
Isla Espiritu Santo
This last day on the island is another day to explore. Check a few new things out to diversify your experience here. Visit the Magnificent Frigate bird colony that lives not far from Camp Cecil. Snorkel near the island’s colorful reefs. Hop on another paddleboard to cruise the waves and discover bays and inlets along the rocky shoreline. Bring it on!
Sea of Cortez / La Paz
Swim among whale sharks today after returning from Camp Cecil. These gentle giants will mesmerize you with how large they are: up to 59 feet long and weigh around 15 tons. A whale shark researcher in Baja California Sur will enlighten you on all there is to know about the shark as well as give you the opportunity to assist in their research efforts. Eat lunch in La Paz before transferring to Todos Santos this afternoon. Dinner will have a fun twist as you embark on some cooking extravaganzas with a chef and author of a cooking book.
Prepare to say “adios” and transfer to San Jose del Cabo airport. End of Services
* This trip is operated by Todos Santos Eco Adventures in partnership with Austin Adventures.
** Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.
|Start Date||End Date||Status|
|November 27, 2021||December 3, 2021||Filling Up|
|December 12, 2021||December 18, 2021||Almost Full|
|January 10, 2022||January 16, 2022||Open|
|January 24, 2022||January 30, 2022||Open|
|March 26, 2022||April 1, 2022||Open|
|October 23, 2022||October 29, 2022||Open|
|November 10, 2022||November 16, 2022||Open|
|December 18, 2022||December 24, 2022||Open|
|January 2, 2023||January 8, 2023||Open|
|January 22, 2023||January 28, 2023||Open|
|February 5, 2023||February 11, 2023||Open|
|February 19, 2023||February 25, 2023||Open|
|March 6, 2023||March 12, 2023||Open|
|March 26, 2023||April 1, 2023||Open|
Arrival & Departure
We suggest that you book your flight into Los Cabos Airport (SJD) at least one day prior to your trip departure. You may arrive on the day of departure as long as you arrive at the airport no later than 3:30 pm. If you are arriving on the first day of the tour, a representative will meet you in the arrivals lounge and transfer you directly to your hotel in Todos Santos. Your trip ends with a drop-off at the Los Cabos Airport (SJD). Please schedule departing flights for after 12 pm (noon).
Hiking: Difficulty varies depending on the group, no experience necessary.
Kayaking: Protected coves and inlets, no experience necessary.
Boating: Interpretive small ship wildlife cruise with captain and crew; small skiffs provide easy access to tucked-away inlets and shorelines.
Paddleboarding: Stand-up paddling, no experience necessary.
Snorkeling: No experience necessary.
Wildlife Viewing: No experience necessary but come prepared to look and listen.
* Note: Daily itinerary is kept purposefully flexible to maximize wildlife sightings and natural encounters.
Austin Adventures and Todos Santos Eco Adventures guides are experienced facilitators and regional experts. They will take the time to explain the details of each activity, answer any questions and demonstrate the use of all equipment. Each activity has been carefully planned to include options for all levels. Most importantly, your guides will help you select the distance or activity that’s right for you.
The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals aboard the ship: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments, and receptions are included. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). All non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are included. Super-premium wines and spirits and all related gratuities are not included in the trip price.
After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire, and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.
Included in the Trip Price
- All transportation including roundtrip airport transfer
- All accommodations in hotels and camps as indicated in the itinerary
- All meals from welcome dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on the final day
- Daily happy hour and two drinks with dinner at Camp Cecil de la Isla drinks at welcome dinner and cooking class
- All adventures and related equipment as indicated in the itinerary
- Bilingual naturalist guide(s) who is a certified Wilderness First Responder, NOM-9 graduate, and Leave No Trace certified
- Activities with leading local sea turtle and whale shark researchers
- Entrance fees and permits
Not Included in the Trip Price
- International airfare
- Travel Insurance
- Any activities, meals, or drinks not explicitly identified in the itinerary
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.1 Easy (1)
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.2 Moderately Easy (2)
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