Adventures with Wild Animals
Close Animal Encounters

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These itineraries are only samples of what we expect to do and to see each day.  We vary the trips as necessary to meet the changing conditions that nature presents us with.  Animal behaviors change and we adjust accordingly.  At certain times of the year tourist presence may make a specific observation area less desirable and we would adjust accordingly.   These trips take place outside in an uncontrolled environment.  Weather is a factor that must always be considered, although it seldom interrupts our trips.  Please read the itineraries carefully as they describe not only what we expect to do each day, but also they tell you how each different type of trip is accessed.  All itineraries are subject to change at our sole discretion to meet local conditions.
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These trips involve interaction with wild animals; really big wild animals.  They are not trained.  We don't feed them to get them to come closer.  Their interaction with us is entirely voluntary and is always initiated by the whale.  Our guides and boat drivers are highly experienced with many years of experience working with these whales.   A relaxed attitude and willingness to experience each moment as it unfolds around you is sure to enhance any animal encounter experience.
Itinerary for 8 day Combination trip
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This trip gives you the best of both types of whale watching while keeping the overall trip duration to one week.
Day #1: Your flight will normally arrive in Loreto in the afternoon. We meet you at the airport. Transfer to our quaint seaside hotel for the evening.
Day #2, 3 & 4: Whale watching off the coast of Loreto. We expect to see Blue whales, Finback whales and Humpback whales. We will also see dolphins and with some luck the less common Bryde’s whales.
Day #5: Transfer to Guerrero Negro and Laguna Ojo de Liebre. We should arrive at the Lagoon around noon, just in time to enjoy an afternoon of whale watching. You will experience the fun and excitement of getting really close to a 40’ whale.
Day 6: We meet for breakfast and then head out t o the lagoon for a day of whale watching. Our destination is the newest observation area located in the c enter of the Lagoon. Here we can even watch whales playing and jumping while we eat lunch. This is a quiet and undeveloped area of the lagoon.
Day #7: Following breakfast there will be time for a morning whale watching trip to the area closest to the lagoon entrance. Deeper water means more breaching whales are normally seen here. Following the whale watching you will transfer back to Loreto for the evening.
Day #8: Today is departure day. The group will enjoy breakfast together before heading out to the airport to fly home.
Itinerary for 12 day Combination trip
February 18 to  March 1
, 2007 Not offered in 2008
This trip gives you our traditional 3 days of whale watching at each of the two locations. This ensures that you see many different behaviors and experience various types of encounters as the time at each area is lengthened.
Day #1: Your flight will normally arrive in Loreto in the afternoon. We meet you at the airport. Transfer to our quaint seaside hotel for the evening.
Day #2,3,&4: : Blue & Fin whale watching at Loreto. Each day you’ll go out on 24’ outboard motor boats. We begin loading at 8:00 A.M. and plan on being out into the afternoon. On this leg of our trip we expect to see the two largest whale species, Blue and Fin whales. We’ll also see dolphins and with luck maybe a couple other species of whale. Lunch for the next two days will be eaten at off shore islands where we make soft landings on the white sand beaches. You have time to do a bit of exploration or snorkeling along the shore before we head out for another two hours of whale watching.
Day #5: Transfer to Guerrero Negro. Along the way there will be time to see and explore the fascinating Baja desert that you will travel through. You’ll pass through the towns of Mulege, Santa Rosalia and San Ignacio. Lunch in Mulege or San Ignacio. You’ll probably have time to walk through the town and do some souvenir shopping if you wish.
Day #6, 7: Gray whale watching at Guerrero Negro and Laguna Ojo de Liebre. You will go out on the 20 foot pangas and almost immediately be in the midst of hundreds of gray whales. At times you will be surrounded by mothers, babies and solitary adults. There is no comparable whale encounter anywhere in the world.
Day #8: Today we take a day off from whale watching and venture to Laguna Manuela, just north of Guerrero Negro. We’ll visit an isolated sea lion rookery where a unique arch makes it possible to view the rookery up really close. Time for beach combing, bird watching or to visit the busy fish camp that is located here. Maybe a glimpse of gray whales inside Laguna Manuela or the Bay offshore. A chance for snorkeling as well if you can brave the cold Pacific.
Day # 9: This morning we head north about 40 miles and then into the mountains to visit the San Borja Mission and possibly the nearby cave painting site.
Day #10: One last day of gray whale watching will complete your stay on the cool Pacific Coast of Baja.
Day 11: Following breakfastyou will transfer back to Loreto for the evening.
Day #12: Depart from Loreto today. Fly north from the Loreto Airport. You will need to make these flight arrangements yourself. Be sure and ask us if you have any questions about this. This morning we’ll all have breakfast together and then each person will go off to the airport dependent upon their departure time. We arrange the taxi and make sure you are to the airport in plenty of time to meet your flight.
Itinerary for 10 day Combination trip
 
Gray & Blue whales
This trip not only combines the full three days of whale watching at each of the two separate areas, but adds several days for exploration of the wildlife and land and beach areas.
Day #1: Your flight will normally arrive in Loreto in the afternoon. We meet you at the airport. Transfer to our quaint seaside hotel for the evening.
Day #2: Drive to Guerrero Negro.  Stop along the way in the town of San Ignacio to visit the mission and have lunch.
Day 3,4 & 5:
Gray whale watching at Guerrero Negro and Laguna Ojo de Liebre. You will go out on the 20 foot pangas and almost immediately be in the midst of hundreds of gray whales. At times you will be surrounded by mothers, babies and solitary adults. There is no comparable whale encounter anywhere in the world.
Day #6: Today we take a day off from whale watching and venture to Laguna Manuela, just north of Guerrero Negro. We’ll visit an isolated sea lion rookery where a unique arch makes it possible to view the rookery up really close. Time for beach combing, bird watching or to visit the busy fish camp that is located here. Maybe a glimpse of gray whales inside Laguna Manuela or the Bay offshore. A chance for snorkeling as well if you can brave the cold Pacific.
Day #7: Transfer to Loreto. Along the way you’ll have time to explore the mountainous desert and view what wildlife is around. After checking into our quaint seaside hotel, you will have time to explore town before dinner.
Day #8, 9 & 10: Blue & Fin whale watching at Loreto. Each day you’ll go out on 24’ outboard motor boats. We begin loading at 8:00 A.M. and plan on being out into the afternoon. On this leg of our trip we expect to see the two largest whale species, Blue and Fin whales. We’ll also see dolphins and with luck maybe a couple other species of whale such as sperm whales or humpbacks. Lunch for the next two days will be eaten on offshore islands where we make soft landings on the white sand beaches. You have time to beach comb along the shore or to snorkel in the warm Sea of Cortez before we head out for more whale watching.
Day # 11: Departure day. We’ll come together for a farewell breakfast and Transfer to Loreto. Today you will leave the industrial town of Guerrero Negro and travel 90 miles across the peninsula to the town of Loreto. We’ll get you there in good time to catch the flight home.
Itinerary for 5 day drive down trips
Gray whales at Laguna Ojo de Liebre
Day #1:
Leave the border bright and early. Travel to Guerrero Negro, arrive in the afternoon. We make a great lunch stop near the remote village of Catavina. There we will have the opportunity to visit an interesting ancient cave painting site. A short three hour drive gets us to our destination. After getting situated in our rooms we meet for an orientation talk by our own Baja Jones.
Day #2:
Meet for breakfast and then travel to the lagoon where we will spend the day whale watching, lunch will be served by the friendly Baja Jones crew. Then weather permitting a second trip out onto the lagoon will be in order. Dinner tonight is a private bar-b-que at the Baja Jones residence so that we can provide an in depth discussion about the Gray Whales.
Day #3 :
Meet for breakfast. Today we venture to the outer lagoon. We expectto see more mating adults, possibly closer views of breaching and fewer babies. Afterwards we will relax at Marios Palapa while enjoying a truly nice meal. Margarita's, carne asada, guacamole and a nice sunset will end another exciting day of whale watching. Time permitting those who aren't too tired can take an interesting ride to El Faro(the lighthouse)for birdwatching and sight seeing.
Day #4 :
Today we journey to the newest observation area, just opened in 2004.   Still undeveloped and undiscovered by most whale watchers.  This area is reminiscent of whale watching 20 years ago. A really great location.
Day #5 :
All good trips eventually end. And so will ours. This is our travel back to the U.S. day. We'll leave early and arrive in the USA mid- afternoon, depending on the border crossing. Expected arrival time is 5:00 PM.

 

5 day fly in to Loreto
gray whales
at Laguna Ojo de Liebre
Day # 1 :
You will arrive in the afternoon. This trip is designed for us to meet the Aero California flight that arrives about 2:30 PM. Tonight you will stay at a quaint seaside hotel located on the Malecone in Loreto. After getting situated in our rooms we meet for an orientation talk and dinner.
Day #2 :
This morning we travel across the peninsula a bit over 4 hours to LagunaOjo de Liebre. We will schedule things to arrive at the shore about noon time. You will then get to do your first exciting whale watching trip. Tonight we’ll bar-b-q at the Baja Jones residence and talk about whales while drinking the best margaritas in town.
Day #3 :
Meet for breakfast. Following breakfast we head out for a day of whale watching. Two trips, one in the morning and one after lunch will fill your day with whales. Lunch will be served picnic style at the lagoon.
Day #4 :
We venture out to the newest observation area today. Just opened to the public for the 2004 season this exciting area is relatively remote and wild in appearance. Frequently we have the entire body of water as far as we can see to ourselves. This very light whale watching pressure is unheard of at any other observation area anywhere in Mexico. Following our morning whale watching and lunch on the shore of the lagoon, your group will return to the motel, pack and then drive over to spend the evening in Loreto.
Day #5 : All good trips eventually end. And so will ours. Today is departure day. We will assist you to the airport or with other arrangements if you have made them.

For this trip you will make your own flight arrangements to fly into and out of Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Several airlines including Alaska Airlines, Aero California & Aero Mexico fly to this airport. We will meet you at the airport and from there on handle all the details

5 day Itinerary
Blue Whales of Loreto
Day 1: We meet you at the  Loreto International airport. Once you have been cleared through immigration you’re in our hands. First stop is the hotel. We’ll give you an opportunity to freshen up and then take a relaxing stroll through downtown Loreto. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel restaurant. There we’ll give an orientation talk and prepare you for the excitement to come.
Day 2: Today we begin our whale watching quest. We leave dock around 8:00 A.M. to be on the water early before the afternoon wind kicks up. We’re all sure to be filled with excitement and anticipation as the boat slowly motors out and we begin searching the surface for a whale spout in the distance. With luck we’ll spot our first whale early and the real fun will begin. Lunch will be served picnic style on the shore of one of the many rugged offshore islands. Then if the wind hasn’t picked up too much we should have time to seek out more whale encounters before heading back to shore. The remainder of the day is unstructured. Some people will want to spend the afternoon lazing in the warm sun, enjoying the sun, sand and sea.

Day 3 & 4: On each of our three whale watching days, our morning routine will be the same. In the afternoons when we have returned to shore you’ll have your choice of lazing the afternoon away or joining your Baja Jones staff as we explore the town and surrounding shore line. There is a small museum we’ll certainly check out. Many interesting shops to search out that perfect souvenir.
Day 5: Today is return to Civilization day. At breakfast today we’ll say our good byes as each member of our small group heads off to their home. We’ll arrange to get you to the airport for your particular departure time.

  Special notes:
For fly in to Loreto trips, either the blue whale, the gray whale or the combination trips you will make your own air reservations.  The air transport to and from Baja is not included in the trip price.  We will provide you airline phone numbers and suggest which flights you may want to use. We meet you at the airport in Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

For drive down trips we always leave from the Holiday Inn - Bayside in San Diego.  Our sign up confirmation packet includes all necessary departure meeting information.

For the combination trips read the itineraries carefully.  Some trips drive down from San Diego and fly back from Loreto.  This gives you the opportunity to see Baja, but to return home without doing the long drive in both directions.  Other combination trips fly into and out of Loreto.  Either type of trip requires you to make your air reservations which are not included in our trip price.

 
     
     
 
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