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Baja Kayaking Tours – Kayak Loreto to La Paz

Season(s)
Apr-May / Nov-Dec
Length
12 Days
Level
Intermediate
Airport
Loreto LTO
50000

Highlights

Classic Kayaking Route

Considered as one of North America’s great classic kayaking expeditions, our Hidden Coast Baja kayaking trips explore 65 miles of the remote and roadless shores of the Sierra Gigante Mountains between Loreto and La Paz. Experienced paddlers regard this route as Baja’s best wilderness kayaking trip. The coast here is spectacular with small picture-perfect coves and arching white sand beaches.

Hidden Baja

The Sierra Gigante range rises along the eastern slopes of the Baja peninsula and then plunges abruptly into the blue waters of the Sea of Cortez, effectively isolating the coastline between Loreto and just north of La Paz. The peaks and canyons of the Sierra range make a dramatic backdrop for the paddling route. You’ll camp in small red-rock coves and long sandy beaches along a remote coast where the only signs of civilization are the occasional lone rancho and the ruins of a Jesuit mission.

Added Depth

Ten days of kayaking with ever changing vistas and beautiful and varied campsites are at the heart of this adventure. Hiking sojourns led by naturalist guides take you up some of the many arroyo canyons and into a subtly complex Sonoran desert ecosystem of giant cacti and tiny creatures. The waters of the Sea of Cortez, a body of water that undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau called “the world’s aquarium”, abound with sea life. Every stop along the paddle route is an opportunity to snorkel a seldom-visited cove or reef teeming with brightly colored fish.

Fully Supported

This trip is panga (skiff) supported, so you’ll be paddling light kayaks. The boats carry the not insignificant weight of water and food along with a few simple luxuries to make this extended wilderness trip more enjoyable. With the added security and safety the pangas provide, comes added accessibility for a range of paddlers with the available option of taking a break if desired. This one of a kind adventure is an excellent opportunity for those who have kayaked with us in the Loreto area to explore more of Baja’s hidden treasures.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival

You will be met by an English speaking representative and taken by airport vans to the hotel. This evening, your trip guides will meet the group in the hotel lobby for an orientation and discussion of trip detail. Supper this evening is on your own and our representatives will be pleased to offer suggestions as well as directions to some of Loreto’s many good restaurants.
Overnight: La Mision Hotel
Meals: None
Day 2

Aqua Verde

After breakfast, you’ll travel by van to the put-in site near Agua Verde. After a comprehensive introduction to the art of kayaking and a review of safety procedures, we set off on our Baja kayaking adventure south, down the spectacular Sierra Gigante Coast to our first campsite. After settling into our first camp and having lunch, the balance of the day is devoted to orientation, kayak technique instruction, and snorkeling.
Overnight: Camping
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Day 3 - 10

The Hidden Coast

Each day we kayak for 4 to 5 hours of moderately paced paddling, with frequent breaks, and cover 7-10 miles. The afternoons are spent exploring the many facets of this trackless coast by foot and by snorkeling the many coves and grottoes alive with brightly colored fish. Some of the highlights include natural history hikes up canyons and arroyos and a walk to the ruins of the Jesuit Mission Los Dolores founded in 1720, as well as visits to the tiny isolated rancho villages of Tembabiche and San Evaristo. The length of the trip allows you the time to really settle into the delicious rhythm of paddling in Baja – gorgeous sunrises, morning paddling, leisurely lunches and siestas, active afternoons of exploration, and finally, falling asleep under a sky ablaze with stars.
Overnight: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 11

La Paz

The last day on the Hidden Coast after breakfast, we’ll break camp and kayak to our take-out near Punta Coyote. We’ll be met by vans for transport to the hotel in La Paz. After check-in and a welcome hot shower, there is time to stroll the Malecon (seaside drive) of this bustling port city and perhaps sit and enjoy a cold drink at one of the many open-air cafes. This evening we’ll all meet for a no-host farewell dinner at a local restaurant overlooking the harbor. Here, we’ll toast the end of our great adventure and the beginning of newfound friendships.
Overnight: Hotel Seven Crown Centro
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 12

Departure

Airport transportation to La Paz terminal or San Jose del Cabo (SJD) is your responsibility but your guides can give you advice and information. If your flight is later in the day, or if you stay a few extra days, you’ll have a chance to visit the excellent cultural museum and wander the downtown shopping district for gifts and crafts. Feliz viaje!

Itinerary Note
: This trip is on occasion also offered as a northbound option from La Paz to Loreto.
Overnight: N/A
Meals: None

Accommodations

La Mision Hotel

La Mision has an excellent location in Loreto. Facing the Sea of Cortez on the Malecon waterfront drive and it has a sweeping view tof most of Loreto Bay National Marine Park. We started using La Mision when we first ran trips in Baja 27 years ago. Recently the hotel has been well renovated and is a fine example of a Mexican resort hotel.

Hotel Seven Crown Centro

The Seven Crown is in a great La Paz location and is an easy walk to most of the attractions in this bustling Mexican coastal city. The hotel has a pool, a decent restaurant and friendly staff.

Extensions

At this time we do not offer any extensions for this trip but please feel free to call us about added travel options at 1-800-677-0877. We have spent a lot of time in and around the destinations we offer and are more than happy to share our experience.

Dates & Availability

Dates
Trip Length
Price
Availability
Notes
03/26/2017 - 04/06/2017
03/26/2017 04/06/2017
2350
Available
04/09/2017 - 04/20/2017
04/09/2017 04/20/2017
2350
Available
NOTE: Trips showing as 'Available' have at least 4 places open. All prices are $USD unless otherwise stated.

What Is Included

  • All accommodations as specified in Itinerary
  • All meals as specified in Itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Expedition sea kayaks and equipment including PFDs
  • Sleeping bags/pads/liners, tents and group camping gear
  • Safety equipment including medical kit, radios, and cell phones
  • Support boat and luggage transfers

What Is Not Included

  • Airfares
  • Park fee ($25)
  • Tipping of guides
  • Town meals and beverages
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Snorkeling equipment and wet suits (these last two items available for rent for nominal fee, call our office for details).
  • Insurance of any kind (we strongly suggest that you purchase travel insurance that covers medical and evacuation as well as cancellations for medical reasons),
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