Frequently Asked Questions:
1.) Is it safe in Mexico?
Yes!! Sure there has been a lot of bad press lately, and it’s a shame that it paints such a bad picture for the rest of Mexico. There are some troubled areas, but the Baja Peninsula is considered the safest area to travel in all of Mexico. We wouldn’t choose to spend our winters in this beautiful place if it wasn’t!
The town of Loreto is a small laid-back town steeped in local history and culture. It was founded in 1697 and was the site of the first settlement and mission in the Californias, back when Mexican territory stretched north to San Francisco. Loreto remained the capital of the Californias for over 150 years. It’s now a quiet town with excellent food, a picturesque town center, cobblestone streets, and friendly people.
2.) What marine life will I see?
There is an abundance of marine life in the Sea of Cortez, it’s considered to be one of the most productive bodies of water in the world. We can almost guarantee dolphin or porpoise sightings on every trip. There is also excellent snorkeling, frequent sea turtle sightings, good bird watching, fun kayak fishing, and an amazing whale season. This is why Jacques Cousteau called the Sea of Cortez the ‘World’s Aquarium’!
There is excellent bird watching throughout the entire winter. No matter what time of year or what route you choose, no bird watcher will be disappointed. The most common species are: Red-tailed hawk, osprey, great blue and night herons, egrets, brown pelicans, cormorants, gulls, sandpipers, frigate birds, royal terns, blue footed and brown boobies, oyster catchers, grebes, kingfishers, and hummingbirds.
Over the years we have seen whales throughout the entire winter season, but for the best chance of seeing whales coming on a trip from early February to late March is your best bet. The most common whale sightings are: humpback, blue, fin, minky, orca, false killer whale, and greys. You can also plan for an extra day or two and take a trip across the peninsula to the lagoons on the west coast where huge numbers of grey whales congregate to mate and birth their calves.
3.) Food and Meals:
We offer both “Fully Catered” and “Communally Catered” trip options and are happy to provide any custom trip meal options for group bookings.
We choose to run the majority of our trips with our signature and very popular “communally catered” option. This is our preference because it: allows the entire group to feel more a part of the trip and to be involved in all aspects of the adventure, fosters an atmosphere similar to being on a trip with a group of friends instead of a tour, and allows us to offer much more affordable kayak trips.
How it works: Before the trip starts each person in assigned 2-4 meals (depending on trip length and number of participants) to purchase, pack, and prepare for the group. Our guides will be there to assist you throughout the entire experience. The day before the trip starts the whole group meets in Loreto and after the introductions and orientation, we all go shopping together. This way our guides can help you with menu ideas, assessing quantities, reading labels in Spanish, and sourcing special ingredients.
Our guides are excellent cooks, and when not preparing their meals, they make excellent sous chefs and will be there to assist you with any part of the preparation and cooking of your meals. We provide all the cooking equipment and utensils, as well as dishes and cutlery. All you need is a few of your favorite recipes and a sense of adventure!
When booking your trip ask us for our list of meal ideas. Also, Ryan and Hilary, our guides, write the paddling meals articles for Wavelength Magazine, check out their Website to see their previous articles and all of Ryan and Hilary’s favorite recipes.
4.) Is kayaking challenging?
No! We get all different ages and skill levels! From the very experienced paddlers who love our style of trip, to beginners who are trying it for the first time; Young families with children, baby-boomers, 30-somethings, and grandparents! We have routes and options to fit any skill level: From 3 day beginner tours, to 10 day advanced expeditions; multi-sport base camping adventures, to deluxe remote Mexican Villa getaways!
5.) How long do we paddle each day?
The distance and time spent on the water will vary depending on your route and the weather conditions. For our kayaking expeditions, we will average 2-4 hours per day.
Most days will consist of the following: Rise with the sun and enjoy breakfast and coffee/tea, after breakfast we’ll pack the kayaks and paddle for a few hours in the morning, usually by lunchtime we’re at our next campsite, after eating lunch we have the afternoon free to beach-comb, snorkel, hike, or just relax on the beach. Most routes are planned so there there are some lay-over days when we won’t break camp and will let the group decide the days activities.
6.) Is it child and family friendly?
Absolutely! We specialize in offering custom trips for families, andwith a wide range of routes designed to accommodate families. We have no minimum age, and decide each case depending on the length of the route plan and the families interest level. Feel free to contact us, or call toll-free and talk to us in person, to discuss which route would suit your family. We are also happy to set up custom routes or dates to fit your plans.