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Active Mexico: Camping and kayaking in Baja California

11 days from £2,520pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

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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.

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.

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Mexico's outstanding beauty is captivating enough when experienced through conventional means, but imagine immersing yourself in a kayak, navigating the waterways, and pitching your tent on the bright white beaches of Baja California while watching the sunset with a cocktail in hand. All of this becomes possible with this holiday, which we have designed for travellers seeking a unique way to visit this spectacular peninsula.

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Carrie Gallagher Travel Expert A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.

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