This is the classic Baja kayaking tour, on a wilderness shore dominated by the stunning Sierra de la Giganta – the “Range of the Giants.” Its multi-colored volcanic layers terminate in vertical cliffs that plunge straight into the Sea of Cortez. We kayak along the edge of this spectacular escarpment and camp on remote beaches at the mouths of narrow arroyos and canyons that penetrate the mountains. No support boat or basecamp are used on this adventurous, free-ranging Loreto to La Paz kayak tour.
Although this hidden coast is mostly uninhabited, we will have the opportunity to visit an isolated fishing community and hike to the ruins of the Jesuit Mission Los Dolores founded in 1720. Twisting canyons filled with unique desert plants invite hikers and photographers to stretch their legs after kayaking. Snorkeling is superb with a wide variety of tropical fishes and soft corals to enjoy. Whale watching and dolphins encounters occur along the 65 mile Loreto to La Paz kayak route. Our Baja kayaking staff will be available at all times to lead hikes and snorkeling trips, identify flora and fauna, and discuss the natural history of the Baja California region.
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Sea Kayaking Baja – Loreto to La Paz Kayak Tour Itinerary
- Day 1 – Arrival in Loreto Mexico. You will be greeted by our ground agents and escorted to a van bound for the beachfront Desert Inn. Your Baja kayak tour guides meet you that evening for a trip orientation in the lobby at 8 PM. Dinner this evening is a no-host affair at a nearby restaurant.
- Day 2 – First day of sea kayaking in Baja. Kayak tour leaders meet you at 7:00am at your Loreto hotel. After a drive from Loreto to the launch beach, we enjoy a continental breakfast and engage in a sea kayaking and safety class. That afternoon we begin kayaking to the first Baja campsite south of Agua Verde on this hidden coast.
- Day 3 to 8 – Each day we kayak for four to five hours and cover 7-10 miles. Like most Baja kayak tours, paddling is mostly done in the morning with afternoons free to pursue other activities. Frequent stops are made to explore coves and beaches and to stretch our legs and eat. There is ample time in the afternoons for hiking the rugged desert canyons, snorkeling, taking photographs, or just lounging on the beach. We will visit some isolated ranches, fishing camps, and a historical mission founded nearly 3 centuries ago.
- Day 9 – Last day of sea kayaking in Mexico. After finishing the final leg of the Loreto to LaPaz kayak tour this morning, we meet our vans at a beach in Bahia de La Paz and drive to our hotel in the nearby town of La Paz. This charming little city has a wonderful seaside walkway and open air cafes in the Mexican tradition. We convene for a no-host farewell dinner at a nearby La Paz restaurant.
- Day 10 – Departure from La Paz, Mexico. Unless you have arranged to spend extra time in Baja California, your guides will arrange transportation to the La Paz airport two hours before your flight departs from Mexico.
Suggested Activities in and around La Paz. Local agents and tour operators in La Paz can arrange some regional specialties for you. We suggest you extend your vacation in Mexico by taking a one-day whale watching excursion in Magdalena Bay. Scuba charters can sometimes locate whale sharks and snorkeling tours with the sea lions at Los Islotes is a fun activity for non-divers.
Quick Tour Facts: The Loreto to La Paz kayak trip is scheduled sparingly between October and March. Trip fee of $1899. See our Baja Kayaking FAQ page for details on age limitations and other information.