Kayaking and Whale Watching in Baja Sur, Mexico (#2314)

Date and Time

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 - Monday, February 13, 2023


Baja Sur,


Registration is required for this activity.


Experience the natural paradise of the Sea of Cortez, a UNESCO World Heritage Site also known as "the aquarium of the world," and the Baja California peninsula on the northwest coast of Mexico. Kayak in turquoise waters while circumnavigating Espiritu Santo Island, a protected National Park, with its coastal arches and other naturally carved rock formations. Camp for 7 nights on white sand beaches watching pastel sunsets and sunrises over the sea. There will be plenty of time for snorkeling, hiking and exploring the island. While in Baja we will take an overnight trip to Magdalena Bay on the Pacific coast to respectfully observe whales from a small motorboat as they play and eat, just before beginning their spring journey of over 6000 miles to the Bering Sea in the Arctic waters of Alaska. According to the World Heritage website, the Sea of Cortez has striking natural beauty in a dramatic setting formed by rugged islands with high cliffs and sandy beaches, which contrast with the brilliant reflection from the desert and the surrounding turquoise waters. The Sea of Cortez and its islands have been called a natural laboratory for research about the development of new species. It is thought to be one of the most diverse seas on the planet and is home to more than 5,000 species of macroinvertebrates, which are organisms that lack a spine and are large enough to be seen with the naked eye. Baja California itself is the world's second longest, most isolated peninsula in the world.

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $3,230 member / $3,320 non-member

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2314 Prospectus

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Baja Mexico


Paddling - Sea Kayaking


Wait Listed


Kayak 4-5 Easy to Moderate


Adults (18+)


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Robin Melavalin has been involved with educational travel for over 25 years working with college students and faculty. She has led a variety of AMC Adventure Travel trips including trekking in Morocco, hiking hut to hut in the Bavarian Alps, kayaking in the Sea of Cortez in Mexico, and trekking to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro (19,341 feet) in Tanzania. Her research and personal travels include Cuba, Cabo Verde, Kenya, Nicaragua, China, Chile, Russia, Uzbekistan, South Africa and Morocco.


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Dee Dice is an Adventure Travel Associate Leader who recently has led both paddling and hiking trips in Western Mass and Maine. She has been an AMC paddling and hiking leader since 2018 with both Western MA and Worcester Chapters. Her enthusiasm for being in nature has led her to traveling extensively in Nepal, New Zealand, South America and Europe. She has both SOLO Advanced Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications.