Baja California Sur, the paradise between the waters. Red desert and blue water provide a stunning contrast and symbolises life here in Baja where everything has its opposite. There are nearly 3000 marine species in the Sea of Cortez and this biological wealth and diversity has lead it to be considered one of the leading destinations worldwide for diving and adventuring. From the smallest nudibranch to the largest pelagic mammals, the Sea of Cortez has it all. Depending on the time of year (and luck!) you will have the opportunity to see manta rays, mobula rays, whalesharks, hammerheads, sharks and, of course, sealions!
On land the scenery is varied with coastal desert plains to inland mountains and canyons. The climate is dry and arid. The ecology here is considered relatively young, the penisula having broken away from the mainland about 2 million years ago but it includes many endemic species. Vegetation here is limited to desert dwelling plants in lower coastal regions, which include the worlds largest cactus, and at higher elevations there is pine and holm oak forest. This allows for a diversity in bird, mammal and reptile life to be found around the state. The islands that you may chose to explore have stunning features and beautiful colours - a photographers paradise - and you can learn a little about the history of the area.
Espiritu Santo is a favourite spot for first time visitors and locals alike; declared a Natural Protected Area by the federal government, the island is a valuable conservation area. Being uninhabited by humans it is a haven for divers and snorkelers who are seeking an adventure. Pristine beaches make a great lunch destination but it is the sea lion colony that is the real star here; inquisitive and playful in the water, snorkelling and diving with these creatures is a truly amazing experience.
The town of La Paz is an authentic Mexican city, and the largest in the state of Baja California Sur. It is typically dry and sunny with an average temperature of 24-33 degrees Celsius. It is warmer in summer and cooler in winter and the bay helps to protect against seasonal storms. It is definitely worth leaving a day or two either side of your trip to explore the city with its colonial architecture, beautiful malecon, shops and authentic Mexican restaurants (although, personally, we love the food that you will eat on El Duque - no chance of fresher fish!).