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Itinerary: Sierra Giganta (paddling trip in the Sea of Cortez)

FIRST STEP: Leave your home and fly to Los Angeles-LAX airport;
At the LAX airport you will board your airline bound for Loreto.
We encourage you to make your travel arrangements through ELIZABETH HOLMES TRAVEL: 1-800-588-8361. Elizabeth and Sarah are familiar with our trips and they will ensure you the best connections.

Day 1. Arrive at the Loreto airport. Catch a Taxi for the short ride to your hotel. In the evening your English-speaking guides will meet the group in the courtyard of the hotel for an orientation and discussion of trip details. Supper this evening is on your own, and the guides will be happy to offer suggestions and directions to some of Loreto's many good restaurants.

Map of Baja Day 2. The group meets outside the hotel at 7:00 AM to board the van for the short drive south to our launch point near Puerto Escondido (the hotel can store extra bagage in a secure room during the the trip for you). A comprehensive sea kayak instructional session is presented while we enjoy a continental breakfast served on the beach. After an introduction to the art of kayak loading we set course across the channel to majestic Isla Danzante and our first campsite located at what is known as Honeymoon Cove.

Day 3. After breakfast we load the kayaks and set off to paddle the rugged east coast of Isla Danzante stopping to explore and snorkel at the pocket beaches that break the fortress like shoreline. Rounding the southern tip of the island we make landfall on a sandy point and our camp for the night. From this west facing beach the view of the sun setting over the Sierra Giganta mountains is spectacular.

Day 4. As we paddle south towards the mainland coast, we begin to skirt the cliffs of the Giganta range as it plunges into the Sea of Cortez. We continue south until we reach our campsite located on the first large sweeping beach.

Day 5. Today we hike up El Triumfo canyon. Following an arroyo or dry creek bend we walk into an ever narrowing canyon sculpted by seasonal water flow. The songs of canyon wrens can be heard echoing off the high walls. Arriving back at camp in the afternoon there is time for a welcome swim before the sun sets over the peaks to the west.

Day 6. Paddling south we arrive at Carisalito an elegant sweep of beach with a window rock arch and a cluster of palm trees at its center. If the tides are right there is the opportunity to soak in a set of hot-springs located in the next bay. With excellent snorkeling and terrain that invites casual exploration on foot this is a very pleasant place to spend our last night on the Sierra Giganta coast.

Day 7. A short paddle this morning takes us to Rancho San Cosme. Here we are met by vans for transportation back to Loreto. After checking back into your hotel there is time to shower and explore this rustic old mission town. This evening there is an optional no-host group dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 8. Departure; After check out from the hotel it's time to catch a taxi to the airport in time (2 hours before flight time) for your flight to Los Angeles.

Note: Itineraries are intended as guidelines only and are subject to change at the discretion of your guides due to weather and other general logistical conditions at the time of the trip. We strive to produce trips of consistently high quality and safety without compromise.

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