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Baja Sea of Cortez Kayaking and Tour of the Missions

Mexico, North America

Contact provider for price 8 Days January-April
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Sea Kayak Adventures, Inc 24 people max
  • Loreto international airport, baja california sur, mexico
  • Boats, Barges & Small Ship Cruises trips
The highlight of the trip is sea kayaking and camping on remote islands in Loreto Bay National Marine Park, where the surrounding water is a sanctuary for blue-footed boobies, fin and blue whales, dolphins and sea lions.  The Sea of Cortez is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers the perfect blend of kayaking, hiking and snorkeling. Abundant wildlife, massive whales, sunny weather and warm, crystalline waters make the Sea of Cortez in Loreto Bay National Marine Park one of the best winter adventure destinations in North America and Mexico.

After the kayaking, you’ll discover the fascinating cultural history of California’s first mission in Loreto, built by Jesuits in 1697, then travel deep into the mountainous interior of Baja to visit the picturesque village of San Javier and the peninsula’s best-preserved mission church.  The ornate mission is still in use and sits in front of a scenic mountain backdrop with one cobblestone street leading down to the adobe and thatched-roof homes of the locals. You’ll also take in the historic Rancho Las Parras, one of the oldest ranches in the Californias, as well as hike a colorful arroyo, and view cave paintings along the way.

On this tour, your first and last nights will be hotel-based in Loreto with an extra hotel night between kayaking and visiting the missions.  All activities are led by naturalist guides, who dish out tasty chile relleno and margaritas in tented beach camps at days end.  You'll bring home a lifetime of memories.

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Mexico, North America

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3 testimonials about the provider, Sea Kayak Adventures, Inc :

  • Reviewer:
    "It was my best birthday ever. The scenery was spectacular & the whales did not disappoint. Our guides were exceptionally kind, flexible, accommodating, relaxed & knowledgeable (plants, birds, sea creatures, & stars). The food was way beyond my expectations & abundant. I was even baked a birthday cake (right on the beautiful beach where we were camping) & served cold Champaign. I expected a lot for my 60th BD & this trip far exceeded my expectations. "
    5
  • Reviewer:
    "Since this was my first trip of this kind, I really didn't know exactly what to expect. However, the whole experience was just great…the people, the first-rate equipment, the area & nature, the guides, the food was wonderful, plus the weather and traveling connections. I especially appreciated the equipment list you sent. It all fit into my backpack and I was ready to go."
    5
  • Reviewer:
    "The trip exceeded my expectations … outstanding guides, excellent food, well planned, beautiful location. The weather was perfect…blue skies, sunshine and warm temperatures with a light breeze. The kayaking and snorkeling were great."
    5

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival date. You'll be greeted at the Loreto airport by our ground service and transported to the tour hotel. Check into pre-assigned rooms (included in trip cost). Pre-trip meeting at the hotel later in evening.

Day 2: In the morning we'll meet for breakfast then you'll board our van and ride to the launch site. We'll teach you the basics of paddling and thoroughly review safety setting out procedures before launching kayaks. Paddle to our first night's campsite.

Days 3-6: Our days begin with spectacular sunrises and end with delightfully cool evenings. We'll spend our mornings kayaking to a new campsite. After lunch there is plenty of time to snorkel, hike, swim or relax with a good book. Evenings find us feasting on delicious fresh food and enjoying margaritas as the sun sets on the horizon.

Day 7: Excursion to Loreto Mission in morning, then 90 minute drive to San Javier with stops at Rancho Las Parras, cave paintings and short arroyo hike.  Lunch in San Javier and tour of mission is included.

Day 8: Departure date. Say good-bye to lovely Loreto and head back to the airport to fly home, or Sea Kayak Adventures can arrange to extend your vacation at the tour hotel in this charming village. Day tour and add-on options available.

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