KAYAK LORETO TO LA PAZ 10 DAY – EXPEDITION STYLE
A 80 Mile Sea Kayak Expedition with Hiking, Snorkeling, and Sightseeing
DESTINATION / LOCATION
Loreto / La Paz, Baja Mexico
- See 80-100 miles of scenic Baja coastline
- Join other avid kayakers in a long-distance journey
- Experience the history and culture of the Baja Peninsula up close
- Enjoy the expertise of our local guides
- Stop at beautiful campsites in picturesque locations
- Witness the immense variety of life along the coast
2 WEEKS OF KAYAKING ALONG THE BAJA COAST
Our favorite long-distance adventure, the La Paz Route takes 10 days for a group of experienced paddlers to complete. The seas and coastline provide the perfect environment for relaxing and exploring. If you’ve tried our Coasts & Islands trip and want to see more, or if you’re an avid kayaker who wants to experience as much of the Baja California coast as you can, this is the expedition for you.
You’ll be paddling about 4-6 hours each day, with a general plan to cover 120 miles in about two weeks. However, the schedule is flexible, and depends on what you and the guides decide is a reasonable amount of time. Each paddler will carry all the clothing, items, and equipment you will need for the duration of the trip. You form an independent, self-sufficient unit that sets its own pace. A normal itinerary looks something like this:
Your adventure begins with a Pre-trip orientation with your guides, on the afternoon before launch day. We will communicate and coordinate in advance with all guests the time and location for a comfortable outside meeting at a convenient location in town. At this orientation session, our guides will explain the trip in more detail, and answer any questions you may have. Afterward, you are free to explore Loreto for a place to get dinner—the guides will be happy to provide some recommendations!
Your guides host a buffet breakfast before a 3-hour drive to the put-in at Agua Verde. We can store any gear you leave behind. If you are scheduled to fly out of La Paz, we can deliver it to you at the end of the trip. At the put-in, we’ll pack our kayaks, review basic paddling and safety instruction, and hit the water toward our first camp, the Rancho Santa Marta. Once the seat of the prolific Higuera family, the ranch is now run by old friends who will host us for the night.
Our first full length day of paddling will reward us with majestic views of the soaring peaks of the Sierra de la Giganta range over our right shoulder as we move south. As we move deeper into this coastal wilderness, your soul starts to rejuvenate and your muscles begin to acclimate to the rhythm of the paddling.
Another leisurely day will include a lunchtime stop for some snorkeling, followed by us making camp at Puerto Gato, a cove with turquoise water and beautiful rounded red rock formations rising above the beach. Feel free to hike and explore the surrounding area.
The Sierra Giganta mountain range can be seen in the distance for most of the trip, but as we move south they will pull away from the coast for a while. Today takes us past the historic village of Tembabiche, built above the sand dunes in the early 19th century by the De La Toba family, who financed the construction with money from a famous pearl. If conditions permit, we camp at a site from an even earlier time, with indigenous artifacts all over the area.
A short paddling day should take us to Los Dolores Ranch by mid-morning. We generally plan a one-day layover here to rest and enjoy everything this historic area has to offer.
For the layover day, you can relax by the beach and join us on whatever activities interest you. Get out the snorkeling gear and witness the Sea of Cortez’s abundant marine life. Hike from the 150-year-old adobe ranch to the 300-year-old Mission Los Dolores, stopping to admire the towering mango trees and the freshwater canal system which has fed them for centuries. Your guides know a great deal about the history behind the mission and the first settlers to the area, and can show how nearby natural waterways helped them survive in their desert surroundings.
Today we paddle between the mainland and the Isla San Jose, where large cliffs shoot out of the sea on either side, as agave cactus and wild fig trees struggle to grow on the sheer rock. Friends await us at Punta Alta: Doña Cuca and Don Chuy León, whose fishing family provides hospitality during a rest break. The Sierra Gigantas are back near the coast, and around our campsite is one of the most astonishing examples of the area’s geological beauty.
You’ll have spent a full week paddling along a pristine, roadless coast at this point, so the appearance of San Evaristo, a small fishing village, with its yachts and handful of buildings, may feel like a return to civilization. But once we’ve paddled several hours to the campsite, the distant lights of La Paz will be our only reminder that the outside world exists.
Rounding Punta El Mechudo, you’ll paddle by green copper-laden cliffs, camping at a beautiful cove. The deep underwater canyons and colorful gorgonian sea fans make for some of the trip’s best snorkeling sights.
As we enter the curve of La Paz Bay, it’s common to see mantas, dolphins, and even whales when the bay begins to open up. An equipment truck will meet us there to take our gear to a hotel. You can shower, explore the city, and then we will meet at a restaurant in the evening for an end-of-trip dinner.
Your guides can help you arrange transportation so you show up at the airport on time. If you need to leave early to make a flight, you can leave right away. If you leave later, you can take some more time to explore La Paz before saying adios.
This trip begins at Loreto. Located on the lower part of the eastern gulf coastline, this town has long been a destination for people seeking a wilderness adventure.
While many people with the time and patience enjoy driving into Loreto from San Diego via Federal Highway 1, the easiest way is to fly into the nearby international airport. Alaska Air/Horizon flies directly to Loreto from Los Angeles, and AereoCalafia offers direct flights into Loreto from Tijuana. You can also try reaching the town by flying to La Paz or Cabo, and getting a connecting flight or other form of transportation from there. Contact us for more information on traveling to Loreto.
Most clients for this trip are going to fly in to and stay in Loreto the night before the trip starts, and then hotel in La Paz on the last night of the trip (Day 10), as it is most common for folks to fly home from San Jose del Cabo airport (SJD).
Hotel accommodations are not included in the trip package. You will want to book accommodations for at least the night before the first published day of the trip, and then again for the night of the last published day of the trip.
Packing List You’ll be provided a detailed, official packing list upon reserving a trip with Sea Trek, but you may wish to keep the following list in mind while you prepare:
“Sea Trek Baja trip. Organized by Steve, led by Juve and Sarah as close to perfection as possible. Petting wild baby whales, paddleboarding across a glass like Sea of Cortez, sleeping under the stars. The perfect celebration with good friends, great fresh food and too much wine. This is a GREAT trip!!!!”Elizabeth S.Mill Valley, CA
“This is a terrific place to rent kayaks in marin but even better they also organize snorkeling, kayak, camping trips in Loretta Mexico in the Baja. I just took a trip there with my friend and it was a trip I'll NEVER forget. Turquoise waters , mind blowing snorkeling, The best guides , really cute panga drivers that cook delicious healthy meals. We felt reborn when it was finished. I can't recommend it enough. Loreto is a sweet authentic Mexican town.”Kathryn S.Sausalito, CA
“Sea Trek did a great job in organizing this trip, from meeting us at the airport, getting us set up at our excellent hotel on the water in Loreto, taking us out to Magdalena Bay to see the Gray whales, and organizing the kayaking and camping in Loreto Bay.”
“Everything was first class with Sea Trek in Loreto. The scenery was spectacular. There were times it felt surreal and we said to each other “are we really experiencing all this beauty?” The food was awesome — lots of it and great tasting. In addition everything was safe and clean with regards to the food. The guides were excellent.”
“I highly recommend taking the courses offered by Seatrek since they'll help you enjoy your kayaking experience that much more. I also think anyone who can, should go on their trip to Baja Mexico. I went a few years ago and still talk about how incredible an experience it was. The trip involves camping on beaches in the Sea of Cortez for a week. The guides will cook for you and you'll see a ton of marine life, I even had dolphins come up and swim beside me while I was snorkeling.”Bryan B.Brooklyn, NY
“This is a trip I’ll NEVER forget.pristine turquoise waters, a large variety of fish species to see, knowledgeable guides, whale watching and tasty food prepared by our guides.”kstrietmannSausalito, California
“The Sea Trek staff were excellent! Art and Grey were our guides; Talo was the Pangorero (drove the support boat) and Steve made sure everything done in the background was both perfect and seamless.
We couldn’t have asked for more knowledgeable, accommodating and entertaining guides and staff. With prime attention to safety and comfort, this supported expedition was appropriate for our group of paddlers whose kayaking skills ranged from novice to expert. The food was outstanding – with local fish periodically caught in the afternoon and served fresh for dinner.
We would highly recommend this Sea Trek supported kayaking expedition for anyone considering exploring the Sea of Cortez and the coast of Baja Sur California, Mexico by kayak.”trekayakGreenbrae, California
“The Classic Island and Whale Watch tour was an incredible experience. The guides were pleasant, organized, knowledgeable, accommodating, and excellent chefs! Each individual in our group was asked what they were most interested in doing/seeing during the tour and our guides delivered. We have already recommended Sea Trek to friends and family.”Greg