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.
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.
- A week kayaking and camping on Espiritu Santo island
- Swimming and snorkelling opportunities
- Guided tours of Mexico City and Teotihuacan pyramids
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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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After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!
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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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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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Having caught the travel bug as a child, Millie has travelled all over Latin America before making her home in Buenos Aires for 3 years.
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Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.