Baja Ecotours
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Seemingly perched on the edge of civilization “Campo Cortez” offers many modern amenities while maintaining a clean, comfortable and eco-friendly environment. The base camp provides a modern solar and wind generation system in our dining palapa and library that provides 110 ac or 12 volt dc power for all of your charging needs. You can connect charge up your video and camera batteries anytime in the dining palapa day or night. Constructed from local materials and by traditional building methods, our palapa is the gathering point for all of our daily activities.
San Ignacio, Baja California Sur, Mexico
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PDX Traveler
Portland, OR1 contribution
Feb 2022
Our trip with Baja Ecotours to see the Gray whales in the San Ignacio Lagoon was the absolute highlight of our 3 week vacation in Southern Baja. We arranged a “self arrival” 2 day/2 night stay at Campo Cortez and the whole team was excellent from our super knowledgeable guide Ricardo to all the boat captains and camp staff. We learned a ton about the lagoon and the gray whales as well as the birds of the area and overall ecology. Campo Cortez is comfortable and welcoming and happy hour with margaritas and guacamole was the perfect cap on the afternoon. We will definitely come again and stay longer!
Written March 23, 2022
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cjinla2022
Los Angeles, CA1 contribution
Mar 2022
The sounds of a bunch of adults laughing and screaming is something that I will never forget. Not to mention petting and interacting with the mama and baby whales. A joyous experience not to be missed. A smooth bus ride, a smooth plane ride, take off and landing, and 4 days with the staff and whales was an experience we will never forget. I cannot wait to return.

Thank you Ricardo, Cuco and everyone else that made our trip the bucket list experience I have been looking forward to for over 15 years.
Written March 19, 2022
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Noorden
Hermosa Beach, CA36 contributions
Feb 2020
An experience never to be forgotten, Baja Ecotours at San Ignacio Lagoon did not disappoint, at all !!! We decided to fly in from Ensenada and that was an excellent choice. From day one, we were treated with the experience and hospitality of Maldo (the owner) and his Family and Staff. Lorna, our outstanding/enthusiastic guide, took us out on 7 separate whale watches in the Lagoon, and we saw and had encounters with Grey Whales every time! Lots of spy hopping, breaching, including "rubbing" the Mama and Baby whales. Our boat Captains were Paco and Roberto (Maldo's sons) who were raised on the Lagoon! We also saw a "natural phenomenon" of thousands of birds in a "feeding frenzy", which really made our day as well. "Campo Cortez" is one of the oldest on the Lagoon, and one of the best anywhere. We had beautifully clean and cozy "casitas" to stay in and the main palapa was our gathering place for delicious meals, made from scratch, by Catalina (Maldo's wife) Elsa and staff. The peace and serenity of the Lagoon is second to none. This is the best whale watch in all of Baja, if not the World. Don't miss it. We'll be back soon. And thanks again to Maldo, his Family and his staff.
Written February 15, 2020
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brandoll31
La Jolla, CA15 contributions
Mar 2022
Having had the opportunity to visit BajaEcoTours San Ignacio Lagoon camp last year, my experience in 2022 was quite different and varied. The second trip allowed me to see the excitement of the first timers while exploring individually other aspects of this remote wildlife area. The experience was also different as it was near the end of the season, a while there were fewer whales, the ones remaining seemed much more comfortable hanging around our pangas for extended periods of times. The interaction up close with both the mothers and baby whales was spectacular and made for some incredible photos and videos. The camp advisors including Lorna, Ricardo and boat captains were so knowledgeable and helpful in making the entire experience first class from beginning to end. BajaEcoTours is like a bottle of fine wine in that each trip back improves both the flavor and depth of the overall power of nature and its inhabitants
Written April 18, 2022
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Diver D
Kona Hawaii8 contributions
Mar 2020
This company goes all out in customer service. When a sudden storm blew in and our plane was unable to pick us up at the regular landing strip, it took them less than an hour to arrange land transportation, hotel rooms & dinner (all at their expense), and an airplane pickup at a remote military base. They had one of their people with us all the way back to San Diego to make sure that there were no problems. Other operations expect you to get yourself in and out of camp, so good luck with any unexpected glitches! When the wind picked ahead of the storm I was really happy we were in solid cabins, and felt sorry for guests in tents at the other camps. If I go back, it will definitely be with Baja Ecotours. Their guide / naturalists were extremely knowledgable & committed. The food was excellent. What more can I say?
Written March 21, 2020
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Yan Zhang
San Francisco, CA10 contributions
Mar 2022
It was absolutely amazing experience!! Strongly recommended.

Jenn and I took the 5 day Baja Ecotours whale watching tour in early March. Before coming, I kind of know what to expect based on all the reviews, I was still hugely impressed by what we actually experienced. I would surly be back and bring my family next time.

The thrill of whale interaction is beyond my ability to express with words. The Camp staff are so friendly and very helpful. Our "chief" Ricardo, is super knowledgeable and worked really hard to make our experience enjoyable all the time. The facility at Camp is simple, but comfortable, clean and very well thought out and user friendly, one of the best of this kind I ever experienced. The food is delicious ( I got addicted to the tortillas- the best I ever had). The transportation from San Diego all the way are well managed and comfortable.

Again, it was a fantastic trip!! Look forward to be back to Campo Cortez next time.
Written March 23, 2022
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Peter L
2 contributions
Feb 2021
My girlfriend and I recently returned from a 5 day guided trip to whale watch in Baja, Mexico. We have both traveled extensively for the last forty years and the experience we had with Baja Ecotours is nothing short of spectacular. The whale watching (and touching) exceeded our expectations. The staff were friendly and courteous. The food was excellent and catered to our vegan needs, plus our guide Risa was the best. She was so fun. We were initially a little concerned about crossing the border to fly out of Tijuana due to Covid, but the CBX crossing was quick and seamless both going and returning. We both plan to return with family and friends. This truly was a once in a lifetime experience.
Written February 26, 2021
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admiralnelsonden
Denver52 contributions
Mar 2020
Every part of this experience is magical. It was our second trip (which tells you how much we enjoyed the first one). From the moment you meet up at with the group at the hotel all of your logistics, including an escort across the border, are handled. I challenge you not to be awestruck as the lagoon bubbles with enormous whales vaulting into the air, and (relatively) little calves splashing right up to touch your hand. Somehow, Lorna, Rodrigo and the rest of the crew manage to make every outing fun and every encounter with a whale exciting, even though they've seen it all many, many times. And the staff back at the lagoon work incredibly, incredibly hard. This is an experience worth doing and if you have young family members it's great to bring them too. There's something to learn every step of the way (including how to dispose of a tea bag!)
Written July 30, 2020
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FIreweed849
San Rafael, CA13 contributions
Mar 2020
This trip lives up to its promise of getting you up close and personal with gray whales. The guides position the boats, but then it's up to the whales to make a close approach, which they did multiple times for us over our 3 days on the water. The sanctuary is locally managed, and there is no overcrowding. The whales are respected and treasured by the community and by this excellent ecocamp. The camp is exactly as described - it's basic, not luxury. The staff are outstanding. They made us feel welcome, took excellent care of us, fed us delicious food, and got us close to the whales. Yes, we petted baby gray whales, and it was incredible.
Written March 25, 2020
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Emily Rosenberg
3 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Absolutely an amazing once in a lifetime experience. We drove up from la Paz (beautiful and easy) stayed one night in San Ignacio springs and then headed into the lagoon in the morning. We had a seamless arrival and got to unpack and have a great lunch straight away and then we were off and it was nonstop whales from then on. Breaching and spy hopping, we had babies come straight up to the boat and we got to really interact with them. Simultaneously had great sealion and dolphin show when ever the whales went under for a few min. The staff was amazing and Lorna was a great guide, the captains we're all wonderful and the food hit it out of the park every meal! Our vegetarian food need was met no problem!! Would 100% come back it was so amazing!
Written February 9, 2020
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