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Baja Ecotours

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San Ignacio, Mexico
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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.
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thewhig wrote a review Mar 2021
New Palestine, Indiana26 contributions7 helpful votes
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Perfect Trip! I wish Trip Advisor would let me rate it higher than excellent! We visited Campo Cortez in March of 2021. The trip included 6 whale cruises in San Ignacio Lagoon, 3 nights at Campo Cortez, 2 nights in Loreto, and 1 wildlife cruise in the Sea of Cortez. The flights from Tijuana to Loreto were also included. We booked the trip to see wildlife and enjoy peace and quiet. Because of travel restrictions, Baja EcoTours had to make some last minute adjustments to the original plan in order to make the trip happen. We are so grateful for their effort. The modified trip included a couple of bookend nights in Loreto and a 5 hour drive to the camp. The original plan was to fly directly to the camp. The adjustments made the trip even better. Loreto is a great spot, and a cruise into the Sea of Cortez to try to see blue whales was added. On the way to the camp, there was a lunch stop in the oasis of San Ignacio. Campo Cortez is a perfect place. The camp is set closer to the observation area compared to the others. This may seem insignificant, but is actually very important. There is much less time spent getting to the observation area. The camp is extremely remote and is not the same as staying in a hotel or resort. It is much more comfortable than camping, however. You get peace, quiet, and extreme tranquility. At night, the stars are amazing, and the Milky Way is visible with the naked eye. The main event is the gray whales, and they really do interact as advertised. In addition to the whales, we saw other wildlife. This included ospreys, coyotes, dolphins, pelicans, a small octopus, and a jawfish. The crew (other guests) we were with were interesting and fun. I suspect most visitors to the camp have similar attitudes, but ours was over the top enthusiastic. This was an absolutely fantastic experience. Supporting the camp also supports the protection of these magnificent whales and the other inhabitants of the lagoon. The tour group enjoys what they do and it enhances the experience. The company has been around many years and is family operated. Maldo is the person that runs the camp and after 25 years he seems to know all the whales except the newborns. The naturalist guides, Rodrigo and Lorna, were very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Rodrigo is extremely charismatic and if he can’t make you laugh, then I just feel sorry for you. I hope this review helps address any hesitation that potential visitors may have about spending time at Campo Cortez. Our trip was coordinated by Johnny, who along with Risa, was very quick to respond to our questions and gave us a good feeling about the trip when we were planning it. As I mentioned, because of Covid, we had to modify the trip and they made some great last-minute adjustments to make it happen. We are infinitely thankful that they did.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Peter L wrote a review Feb 2021
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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.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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suebock wrote a review Feb 2021
San Ramon, California19 contributions7 helpful votes
An amazing experience checked off my adventure list. Our experience was more than we expected. First rate with our guides, lodging, and food. We can't believe we made it before Covid19! We would go back again if we have the time. So little time, so much of the world to see! You will never ever regret an experience with Baja Ecotours
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Date of experience: March 2020
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kmay wrote a review Nov 2020
Mill Valley, California2 contributions
You haven't lived until you've had a mom and baby whale hang out next to your boat, apparently just because they want to be there. You haven't lived until you get to pet both of them, or had the baby spy hop right in front of you, and on and on. This is a truly fabulous trip. Rodrigo, Lorna, Sandra and Roberta are knowledgeable and full of --dare I say it--love--for what they do and how they do it and for their guests. We went in March of 2019, but your required field won't let us enter that date.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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admiralnelsonden wrote a review Jul 2020
Denver49 contributions14 helpful votes
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!)
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Date of experience: March 2020
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