Overview & Highlights
A sea-kayaking holiday in sheltered Gulf of Cortés, Baja California, circumnavigating Espíritu Santo Island. Closely guided, it’s a camping-based group trip for beginners and experienced paddlers alike.
- A week kayaking and camping on Espiritu Santo island
- Swimming and snorkelling opportunities
- Guided tours of Mexico City and Teotihuacan pyramids
The sea-kayaking group expedition around Espíritu Santo Island in Baja California, the ribbon peninsula of desert running down Mexico’s Pacific coast, is one of our favourite Latin American active adventures. The 8-day guided trip circumnavigates the island. You pull in at a series of rocky bays where the beaches are sugar white and the sea varies from cobalt to jade.
It’s a desert environment: the sun shines almost all the time, and the uninhabited hinterland is of rugged copper-red canyons, mangroves or scrubby woodland. The kayaking is accessible to most: normally there is no more than 2-3 hours paddling per outing; at landing sites there are also hikes and nature walks. Each afternoon, you beach, and having erected the lightweight tents, you can sit back and relax over a cocktail to watch the sunset: vivid amber, scarlet and purple streaks the sky. All meals are provided and are very good, prepared with fish, meat and fresh salads or vegetables.
Arrive in Mexico City. Transfer to hotel in the city centre.
Full day guided tour of Mexico City and Teotihuacan Pyramids.
Fly to La Paz, Baja California,
Speedboat to Espíritu Santo Island for kayak expedition around the island.
Explore the coastline by kayak: beaches, sea-lion colony, caves.
Transfer to La Paz airport and connect with international flight home.
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An excellent choice of nature highlights in a great country, guided by a tour leader who understands both worlds and can provide unique insights. I drew energy and inspiration from this experience by visiting so many and diverse sights yet I had a very good rest - the perfect holiday. The standard of accommodation in Brazil was a bit of a disappointment for me; it looks Brazil offers in general lower standards for the same price by comparison to Europe. I think Journey Latin America have done a great job at finding a good compromise between price and quality for us.
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Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
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Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
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Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.