This all-inclusive trip takes care of all the planning needed to come and experience this world-class UNESCO biosphere reserve in Baja, Mexico. Airport transfer into town from Loreto International Airport and back again at the end of the trip is included. Accommodations in town on March 26th, 27th and 28th before your trip and after the trip on March 8th are included. All but personal camping items for the expedition, and your personal meals and fun in Loreto is all covered. You just need to book your flight!
Your group along with OSKC senior guides James and Dympna and our local Mexican guide Marcos will meet up in Loreto Airport.
Our eleven-day expedition is in The Loreto National Marine Park which encompasses 5 major islands. We will circumnavigate Isla Danzante as well as Isla del Carmen which is the largest, at about 60nm around, and has the most variety.
From white-sand beaches and marine fossil deposits to volcanic cliffs of startling colors; from protected coves to ruggedly exposed points, the scenery keeps changing. Rock hopping and sea caves number among the paddling delights. The eastern side faces the open sea, the distant islands of Santa Catalina and Monserrate, and of course the brilliant Baja sunrise. The western shore faces the Sierra la Giganta, a sheer mountain range rising from the sea nearly a mile high.
Isla del Carmen has the only ghost town in the park. Salinas once employed the majority of Loreto’s workforce in harvesting sea salt from a vast inland lagoon. Isla del Carmen also has a freshwater spring, refreshing for rinsing off the salt halfway through your trip, and an essential resource for a self-supported circumnavigation. Daily paddling distances vary but average about 10nm on this trip. One to two layover days are built into the itinerary in case of wind, and to explore special areas in more detail.
At the start of the trip, we have a few extra days to explore the beautiful town of Loreto. We’ll head out on a day trip expedition, which may include hiking in the Mesquite Canyon. On our other day, we will all do whatever we feel like, perhaps cruise the art galleries and shops, or go on a whale watching tour or go explore the San Javier mission in the mountains outside of Loreto. We will come up with some ideas and decide a little closer to our trip when we know what is available to us. In the evenings we will gather to enjoy delicious meals and margaritas under the starry Loreto night skies.
A day-by-day plan to guide your journey ahead. Just keep in mind that it may change due to weather or group needs.
Meet Your Guides
Don’t worry, we’ve got this covered.
- Shuttles from Loreto Airport to Loreto town on Mar 26th and back on April 9th.
- 11-day Sea Kayaking Expedition
- Shuttles from trip take-out back to Loreto town
- High-end Nigel Dennis sea kayaks and equipment for trip
- Group cooking and camping gear for 11-day expedition
- All meals and snacks, for the eleven days while on trip, including the chance to sample mouthwatering Mexican food! (Once informed, we can accommodate most food allergies and preferences.)
- Accommodation in the town of Loreto pre-trip from March 26-28th 2022
- Accommodation in the town of Loreto post-trip from April 8th 2022
- All Loreto National Marine Park passes
- Expedition First Aid Kit. Guides are Wilderness Medical Associates First Responder Certified.
- Communication devices. Guides have obtained their VHF Marine Operators License. We travel with a satellite messenger device on all OSKC trips.
- Your guides, James and Dympna, are Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia trained, they are also senior level Paddle Canada instructors.
- We also have our local guide Marcos, from Baja, Mexico, on our trip as our host to share local knowledge, history and the best camping and snorkelling spots!
What's Not Included
- Meals before and after expedition while in Loreto.
- Flights to and from "LTO" (Loreto International Airport)
- Travel Medical, Trip Cancellation and evacuation insurance. (Required)
What You Should Bring
A detailed gear list is sent before the start of the trip but this can get you started.
- Sleeping Mat
- Tent, one can be provided if needed
- Sleeping bag in a dry bag no larger than 15 L
- Personal clothes for on land, in a dry bags no larger than 15 L, maximum 2 bags
- *A detailed gear list is sent pre-trip
Amazing trip. One of the most beautiful parts of the country, and how better to see and explore it than in a kayak? Great company. Fabulous food, and abundant fish. One of the true remaining wilderness experiences in Canada, far away from civilization. Rugged, unspoilt landscape where we could trace billions of years of history in the rocky cliffs and also spot a few bears.
Pre and Post-Trip Accommodation
We arrange accommodation in town before and after your expedition. We also arrange all airport transfers to and from the airport and the start and end of the trip.