You'll have to excuse all the exclamation points in my title, but wow!!!...what a place! As other reviewers have written, Baja Ecotours is a fantastic company owned and run by individuals who have the best interests of the Gray whales and their guests as their top priority. It's difficult to know where to begin. First, San Ignacio Lagoon is the best (imo) of the 3 main lagoons to which the Gray whales migrate each winter. It's relatively smaller than the other 2 -- Ojo de Liebre (aka "Scammon's) Lagoon to the north, and Magdalena Bay to the south, but it's still very big. That translates into not having to spend as much time on the "panga" (outboard motor boat) to get to the whale watching site. From Campo Cortez (as the Baja Ecotours' "whale camp" is called), it's no more than a short, scenic, very pleasant 10 minute panga ride out into the area of the lagoon where whale watching is legally designated by the Mexican government (which, by the way, has done a wonderful service to everyone by preserving this fantastically unique winter haven for the gray whales)! When you combine the magical experience of Gray whales voluntarily approaching your panga, the mother whale allowing her calf to frolic boat-side with the tourists and get plenty of scratches and pats while the mother watches a few yards away contentedly, with the wonderful people of Baja Ecotours -- Maria, Johnny, Maldo, and Maldo's entire family who cooked fantastic meals (no, it wasn't just beans! lol. It was a great variety of healthy, delicious meals), operated the pangas, and tended to the camp, etc., it makes for the experience of a lifetime! The care and respect with which the panga operators approached the whales carefully & slowly was great. They'd position the panga in the general vicinity of whales, allowing the whales to decide whether or not to initiate "contact" by approaching the panga. And 80% of the time, I'd say, the whales did, indeed, initiate contact. And if a particular mother/calf pair didn't, others would....MANY would...every time we went out. We spent 3 days at Campo Cortez (2 whale watches per day -- one in the late morning, one in mid-afternoon), and EVERY one of them was like a dream. Words really can't describe how special the experience was. I recommend Baja Ecotours for everyone. This was my first time doing this, and I plan to go back every winter; not just to San Ignacio Lagoon, but to Baja Ecotours specifically. Another thing -- I had a lot of questions about the trip, and Nancy of Baja Ecotours was really helpful, nice, and patient answering any and all questions I had via email. I HIGHLY recommend Baja Ecotours to everyone! You won't be disappointed. Maria was a fantastic guide! She was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, funny. Ditto with Nolie (sp?). It was more like being out on the lagoon with a tremendously knowledgeable friend than with a formal "guide". Also, the other guests at Baja Ecotours' Campo Cortez were really fun to chat with over meals and to whale watch with. The small "cabins" were perfect! Cozy and great sleeping. Each morning, the warmth and brightness of the Baja sun greets you as you open the door to your individual, small cabin, which looks east, mere STEPS from the edges of the lagoon. It's all off-grid, clean energy -- solar and wind, and EVERY plant (I mean EVERY ONE!!!!) is protected from being trodden upon with great care. It's fantastic. Not done in an overbearing way or anything, just designated with markers so you don't step on them. I can't think of a single way to improve on this whale camp, Baja Ecotours, or the service they provide. It's perfect imo. Thank you Johnny, Maldo, Maria, Noli, and the entire Fisher family! :) P.S. Take VIDEO (either on a camcorder or on your smartphone. It's much better than still photos, imo. You can hear the whales breathing, trace their graceful movements, etc.). Baja Ecotours no ka oi. Baja Ecotours uber alles. :)
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