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Humpback Whale Watching in Cabo San Lucas
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Humpback Whale Watching in Cabo San Lucas

By Cabo Trek
Recommended by 98% of travelers
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See humpback whales in Cabo San Lucas on a whale watching tour led by marine biologist guides. Cruise past the Arch and the sea lion colony and then head away from shore to search for the migrating humpback whales, listening for whale song on an onboard hydrophone. Group size is limited to 10 for personal service from the marine biologist guides, who share fascinating whale facts and background throughout the tour.
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$96.00
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$96.00
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Ages 1-80, max of 16 per group
Duration:
2h 30m
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:
Mobile
Portuguese, English, Spanish

Highlights
  • Whale watching tour in Cabo San Lucas
  • Marine biologist guides talk about whale migration, courtship, and calving
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 people, with private tour options available
  • Departures throughout the day to accommodate your schedule

  • Marine biologist guide
  • 2.5-hours boat ride
  • Marine park fees
  • Bottled water
What's not included
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Make your way to the Cabo San Lucas marina and then meet the marine biologist guides aboard the whale watching vessel. Set out along the Cabo San Lucas coast, passing the Arch and the sea lion colony, before beginning the search for humpback whales. As you cruise, learn more about humpback whales, listening for whale song from below the waves. Keep your camera ready for the chance to capture images of humpback whales as they breach and blow, and watch for the dolphins and sea birds that can also be seen off the Baja coast. This Cabo San Lucas whale watching tour concludes at the original departure point.

Departure details
  • CaboTrek, Hotel Tesoro, Blvd. Paseo de la Marina 20-Local A, Centro, 23450 Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico The Office is inside the Tesoro Hotel right at the marina of Cabo San Lucas. Here some reference points: 1) We are close to dock M-O 2) Located next to the white with a red strip Light House. 3) Behind the "D'Right Joint" restaurant. 4) Ask local people about us
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 18372P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • A maximum of 10-12 people per boat
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Note: Price displayed for the private tour option is per group for up to 8 people
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from Humpback Whale Watching in Cabo San Lucas
  • CABO TREK is in the process of getting certified by SECTUR (Secretaria de Salud) as a company that complies with the standards to obtain the “PUNTO LIMPIO” (Clean Point) recognition. Among other precautions we will focus: Hygiene: An increased focus on disinfection and sanitation, including the addition of hand-washing stations and hand sanitizers in key areas. Social distancing: we will keep our groups very small if dealing with mixed groups.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Humpback Whale Watching in Cabo San Lucas?
Humpback Whale Watching in Cabo San Lucas price starts from $96.00. Discover and book Humpback Whale Watching in Cabo San Lucas on Tripadvisor
What is the Humpback Whale Watching in Cabo San Lucas cancellation policy?
Humpback Whale Watching in Cabo San Lucas cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Humpback Whale Watching in Cabo San Lucas on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Humpback Whale Watching in Cabo San Lucas?
Humpback Whale Watching in Cabo San Lucas is hosted by Cabo Trek. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Cabo Trek on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Humpback Whale Watching in Cabo San Lucas on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Humpback Whale Watching in Cabo San Lucas?
On average, this experience will take approximately 2h 30m. Discover and book Humpback Whale Watching in Cabo San Lucas on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 18372P1

About the operator

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Ecellent morning tour.
we spent a beautiful few hours exploring the coastline. Vanuzzi and the captain ifreddy did a great job of spotti
Michelle S
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Olive Ridley Sea Turtle release with two young boys
Monique, our guide, was so wonderful with providing educational entertainment for a diverse age group. I have two y
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Once in a lifetime experience!
This is a very heartwarming experience that my hubby and I will never forget. This experience Is not just fun but
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Scuba Diving with Cabo Trek
I highly recommend CaboTrek for scuba diving. Very professional, informative, and easy-going crew. My dive master F
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Fantastic snorkeling experience!
Very nice snorkeling experience!! We saw mobula’s, plenty of colorful fish, turtles, and even a shark! We would tot
Inspire525319
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Highly recommend!
Vanuza and Freddie were amazing! Vanuza is a marine biologist and offered a wealth of information during our tour.
riv2359
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Yes, yes, yes! Go with Cabo Trek!!
We had an AMAZING trip to Cabo! We used Cabo Trek for scuba while we were there, and Monik and Captain Freddy were
Kathy B
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Had a great time--highly recommend!
Hubby and I booked a 2-hour shared snorkel, but we were the only two booked this particular day so we had the adven
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Great diving in a beautiful area.
The entire trip was fantastic. All the staff, especially our guide, Monik, were friendly and knowledgeable. They we
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Fantastic First Diving Experience
Had no previous experience diving and did the "Discover Scuba Diving: Cabo San Lucas" trip with 2 of us, Felipe was
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World Class Diving Adventure
First class entite process. Friendly, and professional. Felipe's patience was outstanding. 5☆. Loved
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The 3rd time was not the "charm", it was the pits!!
Before you go, you should know that although there are few hotels in Lopez Mateos, the one for this tour is the wor
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Honestly, perfect!
I booked a couple dives for me and my 11-year-old son last minute. I just clicked on the first link that came up wh
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Great dive training
My daughter received her open water dive certification through Cabo Trek. David the dive master was an excellent in
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Great dive shop!
Cabo Trek delivered. They were friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating and efficient. The boat and equipment were in
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kellynash13
Chicago, IL41 contributions
Speechless. What a trip out to sea with Cabo Trek. We had been recommended to take one of their tours by our friends and we were so glad we listened to them! What we loved about this business is they limit how many people are in a boat. We only had 7 people on ours, which allowed us to move around and get incredible views and photos. I really appreciated too that our boat respected the whales in their habitat and didn’t get too close. We were so so fortunate not only to see an adult whale breach multiple times, but a baby humpback too. I cried tears of joy, it was so beautiful. Our driver allowed us to stay out an extra 30 minutes because he too was in even in awe! Thank you so much to the crew for a such a special two+ hours full of information and photo opportunities. Definitely purchased the photos that the biologist took while on board - they were 10x better than the ones on my iPhone! Highly recommend.
Written March 26, 2022
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Philipp M
Thanks for your review! We are glad you had a good tour. We are surely looking forward to have you on our excursion soon again, check out the other tours we have available, all of them are guided by marine biologist and/or naturalist and with the same quality you've experienced during your trip. Thanks again :-)!!
Written March 27, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

DublinGemologist
Katy, TX51 contributions
This was the highlight to the adventure to Cabo. This company was top shelf. The only place they dropped the ball was on communication on how to locate their office & meeting place for the trip. They could learn from Cabo Adventures, who has their various excursions down to a science. However, with that said, we did an early morning 8:00 AM whale watch with Cabo Trek and it was the right company for us, the right time and we didn't just see a whale of two. We saw many and they were extremely active, breeching and flapping. Very cool. I recommend you either go on the first outing of the day or save your money. Our observation was that the whales seems more active in the early morning than at other times of the day. Anyway, this is a great company, they take your safety seriously, The captains are knowledgeable and the marine biologist in this case, Vanusa (who double's as the photographer) is quite knowledgeable as well. Also it seems that Cabo Trek, by going out early, gets the jump on the other "traffic" on the water, also whale watching. (There were also large rental party boats on the water blasting rock music and rap music to contend with among other things - it has a way of spoiling the peaceful serenity of the whale watch process). So getting out early has its advantages.
Written January 7, 2022
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Thanks for your review! We are glad you had a good tour. We are surely looking forward to have you on our excursion soon again, check out the other tours we have available, all of them are guided by marine biologist and/or naturalist and with the same quality you've experienced during your trip. Thanks again :-)!!
Written January 17, 2022
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David B
Portland, OR2 contributions
My wife and I recently went on a Whale Watching Trip with Cabo Trek the first part of March. It was simply, "Outstanding!" Other companies say also have Marine Biologists on board too, with a chuckle when you ask. Cabo Trek truly has the best Guide in Angelika who has a Masters in Marine Biology! Wow, so informative and relatable in a fun way. Angelika and Adrian the boat Captain even took extra time to stay out on the ocean past the end of our tour time, when one of the Whales decided to put on a show for us!! An experience I will never forget!! I highly recommend this company!! Don't let the small boats fool you! They are professionals and never put us in any danger. It allows you to see the whales without having to try and see over 50 other people on board the bigger boats. I also recommend buying the pictures they take during the tour! Crystal clear photos that will be framed and be a keepsake for the rest of my life! Great job Angelika and Adrian!!! You were the icing on the cake for our Cabo vacation!!
Dave Burnett
Canby, Oregon
Written March 21, 2022
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Philipp M
Thanks for your review! We are glad you had a good tour. We are surely looking forward to have you on our excursion soon again, check out the other tours we have available, all of them are guided by marine biologist and/or naturalist and with the same quality you've experienced during your trip. Thanks again :-)!!
Written March 27, 2022
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Jarett M.
United States1 contribution
My family and I went on the Humpback Whale Tour. We went in the early morning, the weather was perfect and warm, my kids (8 and 10) were really excited!! We saw about 7 whales and learned to identify them by the marks on their tails. The marine Biologist onboard was exciting to listen to and was very knowledgeable.
We were most impressed though, that the staff turned the boat around to pick up bottles that were floating in the water! I'd love to see more people doing their part and was really impressed that Cabo Trek!
Written January 3, 2022
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Thanks for your review! We are glad you had a good tour. We are surely looking forward to have you on our excursion soon again, check out the other tours we have available, all of them are guided by marine biologist and/or naturalist and with the same quality you've experienced during your trip. Thanks again :-)!!
Written January 4, 2022
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Renay P
Los Angeles, CA13 contributions
Great small group whale watching tour with Cabo Trek. There were 10 of us on the 11 am trip; any more and it would've been tough to spend time at the front of the boat (only 5 could go up there at a time). Breathtaking whale watching, so many to see! Our guide was a marine biologist, and was very knowledgeable about the humpbacks. She even put a microphone in the water so we could hear the whales "talking" to each other. Eerie, but beautiful. She was also the photographer, and took fantastic pictures - much better than anything I could ever shoot with an iPhone! The photo package was $50 and money well spent.

If you don't want to get wet, take a different tour or bring a jacket. The boat moves fast, and it's bumpy. Super fun - we will be back! Thanks, Cabo Trek - it was a wonderful 2 1/2 hours!
Written February 16, 2022
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Thanks for your review! We are glad you had a good tour. We are surely looking forward to have you on our excursion soon again, check out the other tours we have available, all of them are guided by marine biologist and/or naturalist and with the same quality you've experienced during your trip. Thanks again :-)!!
Written February 17, 2022
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Jennifer C
5 contributions
Highly recommend using Cabo Trek for your next whale watching trip. Our trip was on January 8, 2020. We were a family of eleven, eight adults and three children ages 9 months, 14 months, and three years. The crew provided life jackets and water for our water bottles. In keeping with their environmental concerns, they do not offer plastic bottles of water. We even stopped the boat to pick up a bag of floating trash while off shore.

When we spotted whale activity, our captain quickly drove the boat to the area. When we got to a place where whales were active, the captain slowed the boat down and allowed three or four people at a time to sit in the bow. We saw numerous breaches and at least four or five different whales based on tail patterns.

Our guide, Angelique, shared lots of information about what we were seeing and how whales behave. She explained things to the people in the front, then went to the back of the boat and repeated everything, making sure everyone was able to hear. She was very attentive to the three year old's questions like "Where do whales sleep?".

The boat held our group comfortably and the canvas cover kept the seating area shaded. It was not a rubber raft. The center console did obstruct the view somewhat, but once we had slowed down to actually watch whales, we were free to stand up and move around.

There was also a photographer on board. Because they are also collecting data for research on their outings, the photographer's pictures help in identifying whales. Locations are also recorded. When we finished our trip, we had the option to purchase the photos of our family and the whales we had seen. The cost was $30 US and all the files were available to us the next day, via email. There is also the option for a CD for the same price. The whale photos are very good because the photographer uses a zoom lens. Don't waste your time taking photos with an iPhone. They will not be nearly as good.
Written January 14, 2020
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Thanks for your review! We are glad you had a good tour. Thanks for mentioning the abilities of our photographers: too much technology will take away part of the moment of that experience. Let our photographers take the pictures: they've been doing this for many years and "know" how to take amazing shots. I think it's important to enjoy the moment with your eyes right on the action and rather than looking at this natural spectacle from a screen. We are surely looking forward to have you on our excursion soon again, check out the other tours we have available, all of them are guided by marine biologist and/or naturalist and with the same quality you've experienced during your trip. Thanks again :-)!!
Written January 21, 2020
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corky617
West Sussex129 contributions
We booked via the Internet for both trips and were impressed with the attitude towards the marine life and the expertise onboard each boat. Our hotel was Secrets which is just outside San Jose del Cabo so the Thursday whale watching from the local marina was perfect. It’s the first season Cabo trek have run this and I hope it will be a success as it’s a local departure point; there are no other boats around and you save on the costly transportation fees. Our San Jose trip was spectacular as we saw fin slaps; tail slaps, head slaps and full breeches. It has made memories of a lifetime. The boat always has a researcher recording the whales details on camera and she (Cecilia) was snapping away while we fumbled with our phones. Her pictures were excellent and you can purchase them afterwards.,see attached. Carlos was our guide and you won’t find a more enthusiastic and knowledgeable marine biologist. It was fabulous to hear him get as excited as us when the whales were displaying.
We went for a second trip in San Lucas which gave us a 20% discount and the amount of craft in the water was a little unsettling as we felt they were almost hounding the poor whales and their calfs. We weren’t so lucky with the whale behaviours but we still learnt more from Carlos and had a good laugh with Cecilia.
Cabo trek is a very responsible operation and totally focused on marine biology and try to educate, entertain and impress on every trip. There are other operators in Cabo but if you care for the oceans and the wildlife then this is the team to work with. If you are near San Jose then definitely chose the Thursday trip as it’s ideal.
Thank you Carlos, Cecelia and Philip for being such a great team.
Written March 11, 2020
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Thanks for your review! We are glad you had a good tour. Yes Whale Watching out of San Josè del Cabo has been a test season for us this year and it turned out to be surprisingly good! For sure we will offer it again in the upcoming season and eventually offer more days if demand increases! We are surely looking forward to have you on our excursion soon again, check out the other tours we have available, all of them are guided by marine biologist and/or naturalist and with the same quality you've experienced during your trip. Thanks again :-)!!
Written April 16, 2020
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Emily W
1 contribution
This was an exceptional whale watching experience. I priced out a few of these in Cabo and looked into several options. We didn't want a meal or care about being on the fanciest boat (by the way the Cabo Trek boat was clean, comfortable and stocked with bottled waters), our priority was to get out on the water and we truly hoped to see whales in their habitat. I have been on whale watches in Cape Cod, Maine, California and this was by far the most activity I have seen. Anjelica was our marine biologist and Freddy our captain. First your boat goes by the famous Land's End point and Window to the Pacific, which they make sure you have time to get some great pictures. This was important to us as we traveled so far and like to see the sights! Then we headed out to hopefully see humpbacks. Obviously no one can control nature so you never really know what you might see, that is half the fun. We were able to see whales pretty quickly, spouts, tails, multiple whales. We saw a few beautiful whale tails as they would dive down. At this point I already felt like we got our money's worth. Then the weather turned and the waves got BIG - Freddy has 15 years experience was able to safely navigate us into calmer water. As we headed back, suddenly we were surrounded by dolphins! Then they saw whales and we zoomed over to get closer...it was playful and breached! Jumped out of the ocean right in front of us! Anjelica was very knowledgeable and even dropped a sonar so we could hear the whales "speaking" under water. It was beautiful. At this point Freddy got a call from another boat that they spotted a blue whale - an endangered species that is rare in the area. We sped over to the area. I was thinking how are we going to find this one whale in this great big ocean?! Somehow Anjelica and Freddy found it!! It was magical! You can tell they love and respect the whales, and were enthusiastic and professional. They gave us extra time on the boat. The overall experience is GREAT. Definitely recommend!!
Written February 22, 2022
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Thanks for your review! We are glad you had a good tour. We are surely looking forward to have you on our excursion soon again, check out the other tours we have available, all of them are guided by marine biologist and/or naturalist and with the same quality you've experienced during your trip. Thanks again :-)!!
Written February 25, 2022
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Dina C
Portland, OR51 contributions
Best morning of the week. Knowledgeable and experienced guides, guiding a small boat (better than a catamaran because it was more nimble) that easily went to wherever they spotted whales. This was the first time I've seen whales and the experience did not disappoint. The guide took pictures of whales and other sites, including a pic of attendees at the tip of the boat with the Arch in the background and they sell them after. They were much better than mine; I think it was $50 well spent.
Written March 12, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Thanks for your review! We are glad you had a good tour. We are surely looking forward to have you on our excursion soon again, check out the other tours we have available, all of them are guided by marine biologist and/or naturalist and with the same quality you've experienced during your trip. Thanks again :-)!!
Written March 14, 2022
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jerry_maguire1
Brentwood, California48 contributions
I was told there was a scheduling conflict because they overbooked our whale watching trip which I booked a month before. My wife and I already planned other excursions and I told them unfortunately was not able to move things around. He told me he would get back to me today...The next day I received an email confirming my whale watching trip which was at the normally scheduled date and time which we thought was all good. Then at 8:00 pm, received an email saying they need to move me and gave me no choices...if this is how they do business, they can go pound salt! There are many more whale watching trips and if I didn't already pay for this, I'd ask for a refund...go somewhere else!
Written January 12, 2021
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Philipp M
Hi Jerry, we've been very honest with you from start and contacted you way in advance to resolve a case of overbooking: we gave you plenty of new options to choose from and in the worse case scenario we offered a full refund. Unfortunately we are going through tough times (as many others as well of course) due to the COVID situation: here in Cabo we are working at 50% capacity and also due to lack of tourists we are struggling like many other businesses. So i'll explain it again to you and to everyone else who will be reading your review: I received a booking for private tour for the time slot where only the 2 of you were booked. In these tough days and with no other options (and believe me i've tried everything possible) I opted to run the private tour, because I'm trying to secure the future of Cabo Trek and that of 5 families that rely on it. I understand the inconvenience we've caused, and are aware that we are trying to change a booking you've made well in advance: but we also offered many different options and solutions. I understand there's a conflict that needed to be resolved so I kindly asked you, and I apologized many times for the inconvenience, if it was possible to reschedule your tour. I counted on your common sense, as many other of our valuable costumers did accept to reschedule their trips. I’m sorry I don't see any shady business practices here... If you don't agree with the offered options we also offered a full refund, no hard feelings. Things don't always work out the way we want them to... I believe we've acted in the best possible way to find a solution that makes everyone happy and where hoping to find a bit more comprehension, understanding, eventually solidarity and empathy for a difficult situation... But you’ve decided to go the other way... And all I got from you in return, was a PHONE CALL were you've been VERY (!) DISRESPECTFUL, OFFENSIVE and shouting some attempts of dodgy business strategies (if anyone i curious to know how and what, you can contact me in private info@cabotrek.com) to get what you wanted. With all the respect, your dollars are (were) important to us and i would have loved to provide you the service as every bit of business counts at the moment, but there's a limit, a line of DIGNITY that you have crossed and that i'm not willing to accept. Cabo Trek is a renown company in Cabo San Lucas with a proven record of providing excellent services to thousands of people since 2013 with strong moral integrity, we believe that we deserve at least some sort of respect. You're welcome to take your business to other companies. Thank you and enjoy your stay in Cabo PS: we've immediately refunded you when you told us you where no longer interested in our tour. Telling lies brings even more bad Karma. LONG LIVE CABO TREK!
Written January 13, 2021
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