Cabañas San Ignacio is a partnership of Antonio’s Ecotours, run by the Aguilar family of La Freidera, who have been offering accommodations, meals and whale-watching excursions for over 25 years, with Baja Expeditions, the oldest and largest adventure travel expedition operator in Baja California, México.
Situated within the Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve in the northwestern corner of Baja California Sur, San Ignacio Lagoon offers a protected sanctuary for gray whales. Gray whales migrate from Alaska to lagoons along the Pacific coast of Baja California every year to calve and mate. The lagoons are vital reproduction and wintering sites for not only gray whales but also coastal bird species as the lagoon is situated along the Pacific Flyway for migrating birds.
During the winter months (Jan – April), fishermen transform into whale watching guides as they whisk you out into the lagoon in their skiffs, called pangas. You will sleep comfortable in either wooden cabins, called cabañas in double beds or in safari walk-in tents on wide, relaxing hammock-sytle cots. You can reach the Safari tents by a private chartered plane from San Diego or the cabañas can be reached through a bus trip leaving from San Diego. Fly into Loreto from Tijuana, Los Cabos, or La Paz on Air Calafia, rent a car, and drive in to the lagoon. We can help plan a great road trip across the peninsula, its only 3 hours and with every kilometer to take the time and explore the beauty of the Baja California Peninsula and experience the hidden magic along the way. We wouldn´t reccomend driving if it wasn´t 100% safe and a perfect way to see this part of México.
The camps offer a standard two boat trips per day itinerary, but you can always add more trips, since every trip is different. Usually, adult males will hover next to your boat where you can stare directly into their eyes and interact with them by touching and rubbing their heads. They are just as curious of us as we are of them, and maybe even more intelligent than us. Between whale watching trips, explore the lagoon on a kayak where you can identify more than 200 species of coastal birds. We even have two bird-whale combo trips planned with a stop at the San Ignacio mission, for a little taste of Baja Peninsula history.
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