Have a Baja Moment! Discover Eco-Friendly Adventures in La Paz
Baja’s beauty lies within its unique geographical features and the quality of its people, and few outdoor adventure tours show off these natural resources better than the kayak and whale watching trips offered by the premier ecotourism activities provider in La Paz, Mar y Aventuras (Sea and Adventures).
Mar y Aventuras has been providing clients with unforgettable and personable experiences since 1993. Owners Mary Harter, a wildlife biologist, and Ricardo Amador, a local adventure guide, both share a passion for conserving the natural wonders of Baja. Their goal is to help others discover the beauty of the peninsula through close encounters with wildlife and active learning experiences and adventures that make little to no impact on the environment.
Mar y Aventuras allows you to choose from a variety of custom options that fit your skill level and personal preferences. So whether you’re an experienced kayaker, or this is your first trip, the company can provide a tour tailored to your specifications.
Fun day trips
It is always a good time to stop by their office and take a day trip. Travel to El Mogote, a peninsula located right in front of La Paz Bay, and kayak through a mangrove community while bird watching and enjoying the amazing views of the city. Or, explore the nearby beaches starting at Tecolote and stop for a lunch break after snorkeling hidden coves.
For a more intimate encounter with nature, Mar y Aventuras also provides trips to Isla Espiritu Santo to swim with the large community of sea lions and snorkel its colorful reefs. Also, from October through May, schools of whale sharks visit the bay, and you can treat yourself to the rare opportunity to swim and snorkel beside them.
If you have a little bit more time (between 2-5 days), Mar y Aventuras has two luxurious beachside base camps at the most exclusive locations in Baja Sur: in the protected sanctuary of Isla Espiritu Santo, and on the secluded dunes of Magdalena Bay.
At the lovely uninhabited island of Espiritu Santo, you can paddle around white sand beaches and eroded cliffs, swim and snorkel among friendly sea lions, hike dry arroyos bounded with impressive fig trees hanging from huge boulders, and view a wide variety of cacti.
Every year, between the months of January and March, the warm waters of Magdalena Bay become the breeding grounds for enormous Pacific gray whales. Mar y Aventuras will transport you by motor boat from their base camp to get a close look of these magnificent mammals.
The camping facilities feature walk-in tents, cots, a fully-equipped kitchen, portable toilets, and even fresh water for showering. Delicious meals are also included, and are prepared on-site using the freshest local ingredients (accommodations can be made for those with food allergies or restrictions).
The company proudly practices low-impact camping etiquette, and helps other conservation groups in the area maintain the sites in their pristine natural state. And in case anyone grows tired of “roughing it,” the owners of Mar y Aventuras also own the charming Hotel Posada LunaSol, located in La Paz near the capital city’s historic Malecon.
Designed with the most adventurous spirits in mind, Mar y Aventuras expeditions take you island hoping between La Paz and Loreto or on a comprehensive trip around Espiritu Santo Island. The length of the trips varies between 7 to 10 days, during which you will kayak along pristine shores, camp on beautiful beaches, visit fishing villages, explore the landscape, and discover unique snorkeling destinations.
With your safety in mind, Mar y Aventuras constantly ensures that their equipment is maintained at the highest quality standards. They also make sure their knowledgeable and friendly staff are trained and certified by the American Canoe Association, and as emergency first responders. The majority of the staff members are people who grew up in the area, and their love for Baja and its incredible beauty and bounty comes from first hand experiences, from years spent living the coastal life and enjoying the activities from which they now earn their living.
This combination of superb service, astounding locations, and local knowledge is why Mar y Aventuras stands out from other outfitters. That and the fact they offer unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime adventures.
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