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Group of kayakers on Baja kayaking tour circumnavigating Isla Carmen

Itinerary

Baja Kayaking Isla Carmen Circumnavigation

Arrival
Arrival

Arrival in Loreto

Arrive in Loreto anytime before 5 pm. Loreto airport (LTO) is a short taxi ride from town. This evening your guides will meet the group in the hotel’s lobby for an orientation and discussion of trip details. Supper this evening is on your own and the hotel front desk will be pleased to offer suggestions as well as directions to Loreto’s many good restaurants. Hotels are happy to store your extra luggage in a secure room while you are out kayaking.

Overnight: Not included

Meals: None

Day 1
Day 1

Loreto to Isla Carmen

The group meets at breakfast before boarding the van for the short drive south to our launch point near Puerto Escondido. As we near our destination, the peaks and hanging valleys of the Sierra Giganta tower above the coast road. South of Puerto Escondido the mountains plunge straight into the sea and the highway turns inland. A comprehensive sea kayak instructional session is presented before we set off to paddle to our first campsite. In the early evening you’ll enjoy your first beach “Happy Hour” with margaritas and botanas (snacks) followed by a gourmet dinner as the sun sets over the peaks of the Sierra Giganta.

Overnight: Camping

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

Day 2-8
Day 2-8

Carmen – the Big Island

With the backdrop of the russet colored peaks of Isla Carmen days begin with magnificent sunrises and the calls of wintering song birds from the bushes behind the beach and finish with pleasantly cool evenings. Each day you’ll break camp and paddle north along a dramatic section coastline of the islands stopping along the way to snorkel in some of the many coves. As you round the northern point of the island you get an expansive view that few Baja paddlers ever have the opportunity to see. Expect to paddle about 5 hours a day, with a long lunch break and floating respites. You’ll have ample opportunities after kayaking to snorkel, hike, swim or simply relax. Each evening finds us in a beautiful campsite enjoying fresh cooked Mexican cuisine and a round of margaritas.

Overnight: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9
Day 9

Return to Loreto

After breakfast, and a final swim, we load the kayaks for the paddle to the takeout point. After a final lunch on the beach we board waiting vans around 2:00 PM and proceed to Loreto. After checking back into the hotel there is time to shower and explore this rustic old mission town. This evening there is an optional no-host group dinner at a favorite local restaurant.

Overnight: Not included

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Departure
Departure

Depart Loreto

After check out from the hotel it’s time to say good-bye to Loreto and head back to the airport for the flight home, or extend your vacation and enjoy more of the recreational activities this charming seaside town has to offer.

Overnight: N/A

Meals: None

Testimonial

I had a wonderful time and I’m so glad I decided to go! All three of my kayak excursions with Tofino Expeditions have been more than vacations, they have been life enriching and educational. A joy, thank you!!

Jo Frey, WA View Trips

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