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Good for Intermediate to Advanced Paddlers.
The 10-day Loreto to La Paz trip is a slightly more advanced trip than others we offer. This trip is a very remote route with only a few road access points along the way. The coastline is diverse as we paddle down a section of the Sierra Giganta mountain range, changing camps every day. This is a pick-up-and-go style of trip where the main focus is paddling, yet leaving time in the afternoons for snorkeling, hiking and relaxation. We pass by hot springs, small fishing camps and remote ranches and villages set along this amazing undeveloped coastline. This route is true expedition paddling!
Nov. 13 - 23, 2017 - FULL- Private Tour
March 27 - April 6, 2018 - FULL
Day 0: Prep Day
You will need to be in Loreto for Day 0 (the day prior to trip departure) to meet the group, do the meal shopping, and organize any last-minute additions. Together we will do the shopping for the trip and the guides will be there to help you through every step of the process. We will load the vans and drive 30 minutes south of Loreto to Ligue beach where we will camp for the night, allowing us to get an early start the morning of Day 1.
Dinner on Day 0 will be provided by the guides.
Day 1: We will get up with the sun and after having coffee and breakfast and get on the water for our first day of paddling. We will paddle south past Ensanada Blanca and weather-permitting will try to camp on a beach near the San Cosme.
Day 2 - 9: We will cover a lot of ground on this route. The exact route will be decided by group preference and weather conditions. The ever-changing scenery and geology make this an amazing and special route!
Some of our favorite spots along the way are:
- San Cosme is home to a friendly ranching family and the natural hot springs.
- Agua Verde is a small fishing village and the last spot with road access for the next 6 or 7 days. South of the village is a beautiful beach with excellent snorkeling and caves with indigenous artifacts.
- Puerto El Gato is unique because of it's vivid pink sandstone cliffs.
- Timbibiche, is the location where a large pearl was discovered at the turn of the century, igniting a 'gold-rush' type pearl fishery.
- Los Deloras was once a site of a large native population. Here there is a fun hike up to an abandoned Jesuit mission.
- Punta Cabaza Machuda is our favorite campsite. The beach is at the opening to a huge valley with high mountains streaked with blue, green and red bands of rock.
Day 10: We will paddle 2 -3 hours to Punta Coyote where we will meet the transport vans. We'll stop for lunch and a cold drink (or two) on the drive back, before our celebratory dinner in Loreto.
The meals on this trip are "Communally Catered"; that is, each guest and guide will be responsible for planning, purchasing and preparing a few meals for the group. This participatory system extends through all aspects of the trip, allowing each person to feel a part of the group, and helps us to continue offering low-cost, rewarding and fun experiences.
On Day 0 (the day before the trip) we will have our pre-trip meet and greet, then our guides will take the group to the many local markets. Together we will do the shopping for the trip. Our guides will be there to assist you every step of the way: menu planning, reading food labels in Spanish, purchasing the food, and assisting with the cooking and preparation.
Be aware that there can be some challenging days on this route. You can expect to paddle between 3 - 4 hours every day, but there may be a few day of 5 or more hours kayaking. (There is one rest / weather day built into the route)
It's common to have a few day with a bit of wind and waves. As you are with guides, your safety is assured. However, we recommend that you are comfortable in a kayak, in small waves, and some familiarity with self-rescues is always good. If you are an absolute beginner, this trip may not be the best fit for you.
- All Kayaks and Safety Equipment. All fiberglass kayaks [Necky, Nimbus, Seaward, Current Designs, Seda], Choice of single or double kayaks
- Cooking & Kitchen Equipment
- Really Good Coffee, Tea, & Drinking Water
- 2 Certified Guides (with a group of 6 or more)
- Guide's Emergency Gear: First Aid Kit, Flairs, VHF Radio, GPS, Satellite Phone
- Transport from La Paz back to Loreto
Price does not include::
- Flights to/from Loreto
- Taxi to/from Loreto Airport
- Meals and Accommodations in Loreto before/after your trip
- Personal Camping Equipment (we can rent you a tent for $35 if you reserve in advance, depending on availability)
- We share meal preparation and purchase, each guest provides 3-5 meals for the group (depending on group size
- Gratuity for guides (optional)
Group sizes vary, but we like to try and keep groups to a maximum of 12 guests with 2 guide.