- Dates: Feb 27 - Mar 04, 2025
- Duration: 6 days, 5 nights
- Trip Level (1-4):2
- Arrive: Loreto, Mexico
- Depart:Loreto, Mexico
- Priced From: $7,780
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- Witness the finale of the gray whales' annual migration from Alaska to Baja, crisscrossing coastal waters by skiff on a half-dozen small-group excursions.
- Enjoy three nights of solitude, far removed from other Baja visitors, in the private "whale cabanas" of our eco-camp overlooking San Ignacio Lagoon.
- Experience superb stargazing on a remote coastal beach with our TravelQuest Astronomer.
- Partake in a special Introduction to Astrophotography workshop hosted by our Trip Astronomer providing you with handy pointers on how to set up your camera and take dramatic pictures of the heavens above.
- Explore salt flats and arid expanses studded with giant saguaro cacti in the Vizcaino Desert, a UN-protected Biosphere Reserve.
Each winter, hundreds of gray whales return to their traditional breeding and birthing grounds along Mexico’s Pacific coast. Their journey southward from the Bering Sea to the sparkling waters off the Baja Peninsula is the longest mammal migration on Earth. At one point hunted to near extinction, these friendly leviathans have made a dramatic comeback – and you’ll have an unmatched opportunity to encounter them up close on TravelQuest’s Whale Watching & Stargazing Adventure in early 2025.
Gray whales are generally intrigued by humans, so don’t be surprised if a few swim up alongside our open boats in San Ignacio Lagoon. Expect to see plenty of breaching, along with what’s called “spy-hopping,” when whales use their powerful flukes to thrust themselves vertically out of the water for a look around. You’ll also likely observe some mating behavior, as well as mothers showing off their new calves. It’s like having the best moments from a nature documentary unfold right before your eyes!
And then, of course, because this is a TravelQuest trip, there are equally extraordinary sights overhead. As one of our astronomers sums it up: “Baja California is an excellent stargazing locale, thanks to the peninsula’s clean, dry air and its minimal light pollution.” Your adventure includes three nights of scanning the skies with telescopes. And be sure to bring your binoculars, too – for the stars and the whales.
For three incredible nights, your unique vantage point on San Ignacio Lagoon is an eco-camp reserved exclusively for our small group. Featuring thatched-roof cabanas set on platforms by the water’s edge, it’s a secluded retreat designed to ensure you fully experience the purity and peace of the desert wilderness, along with the vastness of the night sky.
Join Gary Seronik in Baja!
An award-winning writer, experienced lecturer, observer, and equipment reviewer, Gary Seronik has been fascinated by the night sky since childhood. He has spent more than three decades sharing his passion for backyard astronomy with the public. From his early work as a show presenter and producer at Vancouver British Columbia’s famed MacMillan Space Centre, to his current positions as Consulting Editor at Sky & Telescope magazine,
Gary has encouraged thousands of people to look up and enjoy the wonders of the universe. He enjoys a wide range of observing pursuits from studying intricate details on the surface of the Moon to seeking out faint fuzzies at the limits of perception. One of Gary’s favorite activities is binocular observing, which he will share with you in Baja!