Trip Notes PDF
This trip has something for everyone – you’ll get a taste of all that is on offer from the crystal clear waters, stunning landscape and culture on the Baja Peninsula.
With water temperatures around 27°C you’ll feel like you’re swimming in the bath, except the Sea of Cortez is much clearer and bluer, and you’d never get all the sandy beaches, dramatic cliff faces, sea lions and amazing marine life in your bathroom!
When we’re swimming along the coastline and around local islands in this national park, we’ll be snorkelling, kayaking, hiking, exploring, and camping in a UNESCO protected area of unspoilt beauty, desert landscapes, and giant cacti.
But wait, there’s more, while camping on Espiritu Santo Island you’ll get to experience the best of the local cuisine with chefs providing fresh food every day!
Base camp is comfortable and relaxing with cabin style tents, camp beds, sleeping pads, and solar heated showers.
· Fully guided tour with full safety escort for the duration of the tour
What's not included?
Remember you can always miss out some of the swims or jump onto the escort boat if you want to take a rest anytime.
N.B. The itinerary may vary depending on weather
These temperatures are indicative only and can change on a daily/weekly basis
Walking ConditionsThere are no roads on the island. Most walks will be on recognised paths and tracks but on occasion there will be cases where we may walk over trails, scrub land or vegetation. Some of the trails may be tricky.
Equipment to bring along with youIn addition to “normal” daily clothes, you will need to bring the following:
*It is advisable to have a pair of tinted goggles to cater for the sun’s glare off the sea during swims.
Swim Hats, Flippers, Rash vests and Wetsuits Please note that SwimTrek will supply swim hats. If you think you will want to use a wetsuit, flippers or a rash vest, we recommend you bring these with you in order to maximise your enjoyment of the trip.
If you think you would benefit from a wetsuit but don't want to commit to buying one outright you are now able to hire a wetsuit for £40 through the company Vigour Events. They will send the wetsuit directly to your door. For further information please click here.
Group SizeUp to a maximum of 16 people with at least 2 swimming guides and/or local boat pilots with motorised escorts. Groups are based on speed and ability.
To reach La Paz you can fly direct into La Paz or to Cabo San Lucas which is only a 2 or 3 hour transfer away.
For details on all airlines, please visit www.aeropuertosgap.com.mx for La Paz Airport or sjdloscabosairport.com for Cabo San Lucas Airport (also known as Los Cabos International Airport).
Flights to To La Paz (sample only)
If you fly in to La Paz, it is a short cab journey to the hotel.
Flights to Cabo San Lucas (sample only)
Transfers from Cabo San Lucas
Shuttle bus TransferMost international flights arrive at Terminal 2. To catch an air-conditioned shuttle to La Paz, proceed to the ground floor of Terminal 1 where you will find the Eco Baja Tours ticket counter. Shuttles for the 3.5 hour drive (through beautiful countryside) leave at 12:30, 13:30, 14:30 and 15:30. (check the schedule for possible changes). For advance reservations visit: www.ecobajatours.com (Select ‘San Jose del Cabo Aeropuerto’ as your departure and ‘La Paz Malecon’ as your arrival) or you can purchase your ticket directly from the ticket counter in Terminal 1. The cost each way is 420 Mexican pesos (or about $33 US).Once you arrive in La Paz, Hotel La Perla is a short 3 block walk to your left down the waterfront.
Public busFrom the airport take the shuttle or a taxi into San Jose del Cabo ($6) and then the next bus to La Paz ($6) Ten buses a day run from 7am to 8pm. The eastern route is shorter but makes more stops.
Private TransfersWe can recommend Baja Ground Services Inc. Check their websitewww.bajaonly.com or phone them on +1-800-352-4990 for more information and to pre-arrange your transfer. Transfer time is approximately 2 1/2 hours each way for this service; rates vary depending on the number of people in your group.
AccommodationThe first night stay will be in the Hotel Perla (www.hotelperlabaja.com) in La Paz. For the rest of the trip we will be staying in the Espiritu Santo Island Base Camp. The camp sleeps guests in twin share cabin-style tents with beds, sleeping pads and solar showers.
MealsAll breakfasts, lunch and dinner are provided on days 2 to 6. On Days 1 and 7 you will need to purchase your own dinner, although breakfast and lunch is provided on day 7. Before Dinner is served guests will be offered a beer or glass of wine. Any alcohol that you might want on top of this would need to be purchased in La Paz and taken to the camp.
Off the GridIsla Espirtu Santo is entirely off the grid. There is no Wifi or mobile reception. In the event it is necessary to contact the outside world, staff are able to radio back to our partner Baja Expeditions. If someone needs to contact you in the event of an emergency, they should phone 1 800 843 6967 from Canada or the US or 1 612 123 4900 from elsewhere.
Extra ExpensesYou should bring extra money with you to cover dinner on two of the days, souvenirs, the conservation fee and your time in La Paz. Local currency is Mexican Peso. Please note: Tipping is very much part of Mexican culture and with this in mind we suggest that a tip of between 5-10% of the trip cost is left depending on the level of service you have received. All the gratuities are pooled and distributed evenly among your trip guides and camp crew.
Passports and VisasYou require a full passport that should be valid for at least 6 months beyond the expected length of stay. Most nationalities including EU, US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens do not require a visa to enter the Mexico, but you may require a Visa when travelling through the USA. Visa regulations do change so please check!
VaccinationsYou do not require specific vaccinations to enter the Mexico, but you should ensure that your tetanus and polio are up to date.