Welcome to our home on the Sea of Cortez. Let us show you around!
Eco Migrations is located in La Paz, on the Sea of Cortez near the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. We have a privileged location, because the fabulous La Paz Bay is right outside our door, and it is home to whale sharks, sea lions, Mobula rays and multiple species of dolphins, birds and fish. We also receive migrating whale species in the winter months, and we never know what we are going to find on a day out at sea.
We offer a variety of single and multi-day wildlife and adventure trips. All of our experiences are fully customizable, so if you want something special, let us know how we can design the perfect trip for you. We also run research projects studying Bottlenose dolphins in La Paz Bay and Gray Whales in Almejas Bay, so if you are looking to participate in citizen science or paid volunteering projects, be sure to check out those pages.
An important aspect to keep in mind when planning a trip to this corner of the world is the seasonal aspect of this ecosystem. Few of the charismatic megafauna species are present all year round, so here is a list of our main activities and seasons:
Swimming with sea lions – An hour north of La Paz lies Espiritu Santo Island, a Protected Marine Area. On the north side of Espiritu Santo Island lies “Los Islotes”, the largest, most successful sea lion colony in the Sea of Cortez. This is one of the most popular day trips from La Paz, with one of the longest seasons, running from September to May. The trip includes a swim with sea lions among hundreds of colorful fish, lunch and another activity, typically sea kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), hiking or more snorkeling.
Swimming with whale sharks – La Paz Bay is visited by feeding juvenile whale sharks up to 6 meters long from mid October until the end of April. This is usually a half day trip, either in the morning and afternoon. The experience itself is thrilling – jumping into the water to see an 18 foot-long gentle giant swimming towards you with mouth open is unforgettable. We provide a full-body wetsuit and full snorkel gear to ensure you are warm even in the winter months. This trip can be combined with other activities for a full day experience.
Kayaking and Camping – This is one of our favorite activities on Espíritu Santo Island, where we offer a base camp with safari-style tents from October to May. Sunsets and sunrises on the island can be spectacular, and it is a great way to maximize your time in nature to see all the island has to offer. Our camps are built around sea kayaking as a way to explore the island, and it is beautiful to be able to get up close to the coastline and explore it in such a leisurely way. Meals are fully catered, and we offer a happy hour every evening. We typically visit both the sea lions and whale sharks during our camping experiences, but also do other activities such as hiking and snorkeling. We are family friendly, and can tailor the level and type of activity to different needs and interests.
Whale watching– During February and March, multiple whale species visit various spots along the coast of the Baja Peninsula to feed, breed and give birth. Gray whales congregate in the coastal lagoons on the Pacific side, in San Ignacio Lagoon and Almejas Bay. On our trips (either day trips or camps), it is not uncommon to be completely surrounded by whales spy-hopping, breaching and just coasting along. It is also frequent to see mother-calf pairs. Other species can be occasionally viewed in La Paz Bay, including Humpback, Blue and Fin whales, and even Orcas. Finally, other migrants to the region include Humpback whales that gather near the southern tip of the peninsula, around Los Cabos, and Blue whales that gather farther north on the Gulf of California side, off the coast of Loreto.
Diving – Diving in the Sea of Cortez is a world-class experience. There are many sites around La Paz Bay, including sunken ships, rock walls, and deep blue dives, where we can see many species of fish, sharks (including, seasonally and if you are very lucky, Hammerheads), and occasionally, mostly in the summer months, Giant Manta Rays. The best months are August to November, although this activity is available year-round.
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