BW3March 25- April 2, 2025 8 Day Big Whale Trip in Campo Cortez Ecolodge, San Ignacio Lagoon (2024)

About this trip


Experience Unforgettable Gray Whale Watching in San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja, Mexico.

Embark on a remarkable adventure with our 8-day Big Whale Trip, offering an unparalleled whale-watching experience in the breathtaking landscapes of Baja, Mexico. Our journey takes you to two extraordinary destinations: the charming town of Loreto on the Sea of Cortez and the renowned Gray Whale Sanctuary at San Ignacio Lagoon along the Pacific coastline.

During this immersive 8-day expedition, you'll enjoy the luxury of a seaside resort hotel on the Sea of Cortez, where we spend three nights and two full days observing majestic whales and exploring the local islands. Loreto boasts an abundance of marine mammal and bird wildlife, including Blue Whales, Humpbacks, Sperm Whales, Orcas, and playful dolphins, among others. The Sea of Cortez is globally recognized as one of the most biodiverse marine habitats, making it an ideal destination for an extraordinary whale-watching encounter.

We next venture to the Pacific coastline, home to the legendary San Ignacio Lagoon and its winter breeding grounds for Pacific Gray Whales. Nestled in our private Ecolodge "Campo Cortez," we immerse ourselves in four days and nights of unforgettable encounters with the famous "friendly Gray Whales of San Ignacio Lagoon." These gentle giants approach our boats, inviting us to scratch, pet, and even sing to them and their adorable newborn calves. San Ignacio Lagoon is the exclusive site where this extraordinary interaction has become a regular phenomenon.

Join us on this unique journey to witness the wonders of whale watching in San Ignacio Lagoon and Loreto, Baja, Mexico. Book your adventure today and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Trip Overview

We meet in Loreto at our waterfront hotel overlooking the Sea of Cortez and the local islands. We begin with a welcome Happy Hour so you have an opportunity to meet your fellow travelers, discuss the upcoming days and events and ask any questions. The next morning after breakfast at the hotel we walk across the street to load into our boats for the sea safari tour of Loreto National Marine Park. We will search for Blue Whales, Humpbacks, Fins, Orcas, and other wildlife including blue-footed boobies, sea lions, and dolphins. A stop on Coronado Island is a highlight, you’ll see turquoise water and dramatic lava flows. After enjoying snacks, browse for shells, rest, swim, or hike along the island. You’ll have time to unwind before we head back to Loreto. The rest of the day is your free time to enjoy the hotel pool, go sightseeing, kayak, walk, shop, or whatever else you enjoy. On the third day, we meet for breakfast and go for our final whale watch in Loreto National Marine Park. Upon returning the rest of the day is yours to enjoy free time in Loreto.

The following morning after breakfast we depart Loreto and embark on our scenic private flight to San Ignacio Lagoon. Once at Campo Cortez, you’ll experience the first-class personal service of Maldo Fischer and his family and our devoted guides as they host 4 days and nights with 2 whale-watching trips daily and a variety of other guide-led expeditions.

On day 8, we have an early breakfast and say goodbye to Campo Cortez and the staff. We embark on the scenic road trip to Loreto, Upon returning to Loreto, we will get settled in at the hotel and you will enjoy a free evening to explore Loreto’s many exquisite restaurants on your own or you can join the group for dinner. On our last day, we meet for breakfast and then check-out and shuttle to the airport for flights home.

Trip Highlights

§ 9 whale watching trips (7 in San Ignacio Lagoon and 2 in Loreto)

§ 2 Sea Safaris with Whale watching in Loreto National Park to see Blue Whales, Humpbacks, Fin

Whales and other wildlife species

§ 7 Whale watches with the friendly Gray Whales at San Ignacio Lagoon

§ 4 days and 4 nights at our private Ecolodge: Campo Cortez

§ Naturalists led discussions and field excursions

§ Kayaking, hiking, beach combing, tide pool exploration, star gazing

§ 4 nights in Loreto at Hotel La Mision

§ See the best of both coasts - Sea of Cortez and San Ignacio Lagoon

§ Free time in Loreto to explore on your own

§ Explore a local island off the coast of Loreto

§ All meals at Campo Cortez are included and breakfast meals in Loreto are included

Loreto Seaside Historic Baja town

The town of Loreto offers a rich mix of Old Mission traditions, authentic lifestyles, with a wealth of Mexican Culture. Loreto was the first capital of the Californias, and the historic “Our Lady of Loreto” Mission, located in Loreto’s town square is still open to the public and for daily use. Loreto’s beautiful location is nestled between the Sea of Cortez and the Sierra de la Giganta Mountain range, giving visitors a unique mix between ocean and mountain activities.

LA MISON HOTEL- THE ULTIMATE LUXURY IN LORETO Discover La Mision Hotel in Baja Sur, a stunning and elegant resort with a contemporary European-Mexican Hacienda Style which shows the “Old Mission” flavor of Baja Mexico. Hotel La Mision offers a luxurious oceanfront experience for those who seek the finest hotel accommodations in Loreto, Mexico.

Campo Cortez Our Private Ecolodge

Discover the unparalleled experience offered by Campo Cortez Ecolodge – your gateway to an unforgettable adventure at San Ignacio Lagoon. As a locally owned and operated ecolodge, we pride ourselves on our exceptional location, modern amenities, and commitment to sustainable practices.

Nestled on the outskirts of civilization, Campo Cortez Ecolodge provides a unique blend of comfort and environmental consciousness. Our off-the-grid community has been powered by solar and wind energy for over 25 years, ensuring a clean and renewable source of power. Constructed using traditional building methods and local materials, our palapa serves as the central gathering point for daily activities and meals.

With our state-of-the-art solar and wind generation system, you'll have access to 110 AC or 12-volt DC power for all your charging needs. Whether it's your phone, video camera, or camera batteries, you can conveniently recharge them in the dining palapa or your cabin during the day. Our facilities feature hot showers, flushing marine toilets, and numerous hand washing stations, providing modern comforts in harmony with the surrounding environment.

Stay connected with our STARLINK internet service, ensuring you can share your memorable moments and stay in touch with loved ones. Explore our trails for walking, hiking, and beachcombing. Join our tide-pooling excursions, where you'll discover fascinating marine life and even try your hand at chocolate clam hunting during our weekly clam and oyster bake.

Always available in the palapa are:

§ Book and video library of Baja & marine mammals & plants

§ Television to view our daily videos & presentations

§ Science and weather monitoring station

§ Coffee and hot tea

§ Snacks and fruit

§ Sodas, beer, and wine

§ Fresh drinking water


Our beachside cabins come equipped with electricity, comfortable beds and are well protected from the wind and elements. Twelve of our cabins are double occupancy with two single beds or a queen bed and three cabins are triple occupancy with a double bed on one side and a single bed opposite. All our cabins are supplied with fresh linens, pillows, shelves and a countertop area with mirror. They are cozy, efficient and leave a small footprint on the land. The exteriors are painted with colors that blend into the mangroves and natural landscape which is a requirement to be approved by the local ecological committee.

Special Accommodations: If you have any special needs, let us know and we will do everything we can to make your stay comfortable. If you use a CPAP machine, we have two cabins that provide power throughout the night to CPAP devices.

Brief Itinerary

Trip Begins and Ends: Loreto, Baja CA Sur, Mexico (Round Trip airfare not included)

Day 1:

Travel Day to Loreto, Group Happy Hour & Overnight in Luxury Hotel

Day 2 & 3:

Sea Safaris with Whale Watching in Loreto National Marine Park and explore a Local Island

Day 4:

Morning flight on privately chartered aircraft to San Ignacio Lagoon to our private Ecolodge, Campo Cortez, afternoon Whale Watch

Day 5 to 7:

3 full days & nights including 6 whale watching trips

Day 8:

Scenic Road Trip to Loreto and return to Luxury Hotel with free Evening to explore on your own

Day 9:

Check-out and flights home (airfare from Loreto not included)

Camp Schedule and Activities

Daily Camp Schedule:

7:00am Coffee, cereals, fruit

8:00am Hot breakfast

8:45am Whale watching

12:00pm Lunch

2:00pm Whale watching

5:00pm Happy hour

6:00pm Dinner

9:00pm Lights out-Palapa

Camp Schedule WILL vary day to day based on tide movements and weather

Camp Activities:

§ Guided tide pool exploration & critter hunts

§ Naturalist led excursions & lectures

§ Up close whale observation & petting

§ Happy hour & incredible sunsets

§ Gray whale boneyard

§ Beach combing and dark sky stargazing

§ Bird watching

Booking and Availability

Availability is on a limited basis. Please make your reservations well in advance to secure your space on the aircraft and at camp. Many of our guests plan and book their trips at least six to twelve months in advance. For your comfort, space is limited at camp and all our reservations are made on a first come basis. Please call or email us to check our schedule for availability.

Before your departure, you’ll receive from us:

§ Comprehensive itinerary package & travel information

§ Camp guidelines & whale watching information

§ Guide information & contact information

§ Detailed packing list

Happy Guests

We are consistently rated the #1 Travelers’ Choice on Trip Advisor year after year for one reason, our Staff and Owners - who are residents and locals to San Ignacio Lagoon. We are four generations of family living and working in the lagoon since the settlement of San Ignacio Lagoon. We take pride in our efforts at our Ecolodge to have a low-impact environmentally and the responsibility that we carry as Ambassadors to the lagoon and its many wildlife residents.

What’s included

  • 2 Whale Watches per day

    While in San Ignacio Lagoon, enjoy a short ride to the whale observation area from our location. Enjoy a morning and an afternoon whale watch daily.

  • 2 Sea Safaris

    While in Loreto, adventure on sea safaris. Explore a local island, search for Blue Whales, Fin Whales, Humpbacks, dolphins and more.

  • Welcome Happy Hour

    At Hotel La Mision

  • Breakfast daily

    While in Loreto

  • All Meals and Beverages

    Meals, snacks, beer, wine & soda while at Campo Cortez

  • Naturalist Discussions

    Naturalist led walks & discussions. All of our boat trips have Naturalist guides to answer any questions you may have on whale behavior or activities.

  • Kayaking & tide pools

    Kayaks are available for guest use. When the tide is low we provide boots for you to use for exploring the tide pools.

  • Biosphere Entry Fee

    Entrance fee to Vizcaino Biosphere and Loreto Marine Park Reserve– (added to your invoice)

  • Transport to San Ignacio

    Round Trip Transportation to San Ignacio from Loreto. Fly in a privately chartered aircraft to San Ignacio and enjoy a scenic road trip back to Loreto.

What’s not included

  • Transportation

    To and from Loreto, Baja, Mexico

  • Dinners and lunches

    On your own in Loreto

  • Premium liquor

    Premium liquor or call drinks are at a separate cost

  • Airport shuttle

    To hotel in Loreto - (easily arranged at airport - check with us for our preferred transporter - 12 minute drive to town)

  • Travel Insurance

    We highly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance

  • Staff Gratuity

    If you'd like to leave a gratuity for our staff, you will have the opportunity to do so at the end of the trip.

Available Packages

Big Whale Trip


$75 Vizcaino Biosphere Fee

$25 Loreto National Marine Park

$5100 Trip Fee

*To Reduce Payment Processing fees we recommend choosing the ACH option which is 1% +.30. Credit card transactions have an additional 3% fee.

To pay with NO FEES, you can pay by check. Enter in discount code CHECK and then you can complete the Booking Process. Please mail a check to our office:

Baja Ecotours 127 N. Commercial St. Suite 208 Trinidad, CO 81082




Deluxe Big Whale Trip (Solo traveler)


$75 Vizcaino Biosphere Fee

$25 Loreto National Marine Park

$5100 Trip Fee
$850 Single Supplement Fee
If you are traveling solo and want your own cabin, then a Single Supplement Fee is required. Availability is limited.

*To Reduce Payment Processing fees we recommend choosing the ACH option which is 1% +.30. Credit card transactions have an additional 3% fee.

To pay with NO FEES, you can pay by check. Enter in discount code CHECK and then you can complete the Booking Process. Please mail a check to our office:

Baja Ecotours 127 N. Commercial St. Suite 208 Trinidad, CO 81082




BW3March 25- April 2, 2025  8 Day Big Whale Trip in Campo Cortez Ecolodge, San Ignacio Lagoon (2024)


What is the best month for whale watching in Baja? ›

Though whale watching is a year-round activity, Baja whale season peaks in the winter months of January through March. However, you can expect to see gray whales off the coast of the Baja peninsula from late December through April.

Where to see grey whales in Baja California? ›

There are three spots in Baja California Sur where the gray whales come every winter—Laguna San Ignacio, Laguna Ojo de Liebre, and Bahía Magdalena. Visitors go out into the lagoons in small fishing boats, and up close encounters with the gentle giants are extremely common.

Where can you pet grey whales? ›


The only place in the world where you can pet and kiss a gray whale is in Baja, California. A tour operator called Nats Off the Grind takes travelers through the Baja Península from the border to Laguna Ojo de Liebre.

Where is Laguna San Ignacio? ›

It is located on the Pacific coast of Baja California Sur, Mexico adjacent to Bahia Ballenas, approximately 680 km south of the International Border between 26⁰ 42' and 27⁰ 00' N and 113⁰ 7' and 113⁰ 18' W.

Which month is best for whale? ›

More specifically:
  • Gray Whales are often seen December through May with higher probability in January and March.
  • Humpback Whales are often seen March through November with higher probability in July and August. ...
  • Blue Whales are often seen in May through October with higher probability in July and August.
Jan 16, 2024

What time of day is best for whale watching in Mexico? ›

There is morning activity as the whales congregate and feed. There is more activity during mid-day whale watching tours as the waters begin to get rougher. The afternoon and early evening have the most activity thanks to the high tides and increased winds.

Is it OK to pet a whale? ›

You Should Never Touch a Whale

Whales may scratch, bite, or thrash their tails, placing you in danger.

Is it legal to touch a GREY whale? ›

General Viewing Guidelines. **Do not feed, or attempt to feed, any marine mammals. It's harmful and illegal. **Do not swim with, ride, pet, touch, or attempt to interact with marine mammals or sea turtles in the wild.

Why do grey whales like to be petted? ›

No one knows why gray whales come so close as to let us touch them and their newborn calves. It's one of the greater mysteries in the natural world. No other wild mammal—or other large vertebrate—brings its offspring close enough to people for physical contact.

What is special about the laguna de San Ignacio? ›

San Ignacio Lagoon's significance to the world community

Not only is San Ignacio Lagoon a gray whale sanctuary, but it is also one of only two undeveloped nurseries and breeding grounds of the Pacific gray whale worldwide. The other one is just 4 hours away, in Magdalena Bay.

How deep is the San Ignacio Lagoon? ›

San Ignacio Lagoon is geographically located between 26 43 and 26 o 58 ́ North and between 113 o 08 ́ and 113 o 16 ́ West (Figure 1). It is a shallow lagoon with depths ranging from 2 to 4 meters for the most part, with a depth of 20 meters in the channels that communicate with the ocean [18].

Where is Scammon's lagoon? ›

Ojo de Liebre Lagoon (also known as Scammon's Lagoon), translated into English as "hare eye lagoon", is a coastal lagoon located in Mulegé Municipality near the town of Guerrero Negro in the northwestern Baja California Sur state of Mexico.

What is the best month for whale watching in Puerto Vallarta? ›

Whale watching season in Puerto Vallarta begins in December and runs through to March. You can even sometimes spot whales as early as November or as late as May. However, the best time to see humpback whales in Puerto Vallarta is during the months of January and February.

What months are whales in Sea of Cortez? ›

December. As the desert bloom fades, humpback whales arrive to the region's warm waters, which they use as their calving grounds. Whale sharks, commonly seen throughout the expedition cruise season, are best spotted at this time and into January or late March.

Is whale watching in Cabo worth it? ›

Los Cabos is one of the best whale watching destinations in the world. As you can see from the map below, Humpbacks (and many other species of whale) migrate from the cold arctic waters off Canada to Mexico's east coast, where they spend the winter months in the warmer Pacific waters.

What time of year can you swim with Whale Sharks in La Paz? ›

Even non-divers would enjoy the great views of the unique fish and marine animals. La Paz Whale Shark season starts around fall (October-November) and continues until the last day of April, so this trip operates in these months only and requires advance confirmation from us.

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