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Mexico: The Great Gray Whale Migration and Baja’s Natural Wonders

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Kathryn Waer Mar 05, 2015 at 09:50 PM

Hi all - Do you recommend a day pack for the bus? How about your thoughts on how to keep passport, cash, cards safe while on boats? Thanks!


Sheila Bracken Mar 04, 2015 at 06:35 PM

I am bringing a hooded fleece jacket and a London fog light weight jacket. When I was there before, the wind made it seem colder, so the hooded fleece should be perfect. Yes, to question about washcloth and soap. Zip lock bag for washcloth. Travel hair dryer also. I found the hotels chilly...so warmer PJ's. I was there the end of January...so I'm assuming and hoping it will be much warmer. See you in a couple of days!!!
Arlene Owens Mar 04, 2015 at 06:36 PM

No heavy rain jacket. Just something mildly waterprrof as those big ole whales can throw up some water! Wind only when underway. Once you get to the kajillion whales, capitain slows the motor and does his work to get to whales and to let you get to them!
Arlene Owens Mar 04, 2015 at 06:37 PM

I did double duty...thermal underwear=pj's and layering if needed.

Bandana scarf is a good thing for both throat or on head for better view of the whales.


Beatriz Donatelli Mar 04, 2015 at 06:25 PM

Thank you so much for all the good info. Was it cold and windy out on the boats? I don't want to have to pack a heavy rain jacket and hope to get by with layers and a windbreaker? Thoughts. Thank you.

With all the schlepping each night of luggage, do the carry-on ONLY with everything doing double duty. It was warm on the boat for FEB 8-15 adventure.


Beatriz Donatelli Mar 04, 2015 at 06:03 PM

Anyone who has recently returned from Whale Trip; how cold is it out in the water? trying to take minimal luggage. Thx
Arlene Owens Mar 04, 2015 at 06:19 PM

The water temp was NO problem In Feb. You needn't worry. I really wore two prs. of kayak style pants. I packed a pr. of shorts but did not wear them. One night we went out for dinner in San Ignacio (an excellent break from beans and rice and fish- which although was excellent all the trip, I needed to switch it out a bit), and I wore what I wore on the plane, a very casual dress. One thing I cannot stress enough: take a wash cloth. It takes up minimal space and it is miserable w/out one. Cate's idea of stashing it in a plastic zip-lock is excellent. That takes up zero space. I was in a quandry about shoes.... I took comfortable water shoes, suede "sneakers" for the desert and sandals. I never wore my sandals. I am a big fan on minimal packing, so I understand your desire. I took four interchangeable polyester (runner's t-shirts), a rain jacket, a light weight fleece, and the ever helpful scarf. Hat was a baseball cap that will not fly off when in motor boat. Take your most adventuresome and flexible spirit and ENJOY!


Beatriz Donatelli Mar 04, 2015 at 05:08 PM

We are going on March 11; is there a need for a waterproof JACKET or will a WINDBREAKER and 2 tee shirt layers be enough for water days? (I'm undecided on what I will absolutely need)
Mary Lou Tenenbaum Mar 04, 2015 at 05:24 PM

Hi Beatriz, looking forward to meeting you on our trip. We have water resistant jackets from our trips to Alaska that we'll take to layer with a tee shirt and a fleece if needed. Also have rain pants that I plan on packing.


Mary Lou Tenenbaum Mar 04, 2015 at 03:55 PM

We leave on Monday and I'm organizing my packing. For those who have done this before, is it necessary to take soap and wash cloths?
Mary Greenwood Mar 04, 2015 at 04:03 PM

They had soap at every hotel. However, there was one wash cloth and one hand towel in each room, so you have to share. There were two bath towels. You will have a great time!! Tell the baby whales hello for me!
Arlene Owens Mar 04, 2015 at 04:10 PM

I would definitely bring my own washcloth. If you wash your hair a few days into the trip, be certain to requisition a hairdryer at the desk as there is one/hotel. Anything that you will need to supplement your daily trek (a different pr. of shoes, watershoes, etc.) can be carried and stowed on the bus. This trip had the most HUGE learning curve for me of any I have taken or at the very least was so unique. The whales, amazing; the desert, mesmerizing. You will have a fabulous time. Enjoy!

Washcloth, yes, with its own ziplock bag since it is a trip where you never really unpack!
Mary Lou Tenenbaum Mar 04, 2015 at 05:21 PM

Thanks for the info. Since they provide 1 wash cloth & my DH does not use one I'll pass on that and the soap. I'll be taking my own hair dryer. Will pass along the hello's to the baby whales.


Arlene Owens Feb 19, 2015 at 06:47 PM

Carol, you need neither binoculars nor anything special for plugging your camera/ phone, etc.


Carol Sinclair Feb 19, 2015 at 05:53 PM

A couple more questions since we have so many who have already attended this tour. 1- Should I bring binoculars? They are large and heavy so I only bring along if it will be really worthwhile. 2- What about electricity? Will I be able to just plug in my battery chargers, etc? Or are convertors and/or adapters needed for regular USA equipment?
Thanks! March 10 isn't to far away now :)
Sarah Ann Israel Feb 19, 2015 at 06:00 PM

You don't need binculars on the boats to see the whales. One guy brought them, but only used them on the desert walk to see birds.All the hotels have electricity, though one hotel did lose power for 20 minutes 2 days in a row. You do not need a converter. You can plug in your phone/Ipad/whatever straight into the socket. Most rooms have 2 outlets in teh bedroom area, though one is often behind the dresser, but accessible. Fabulous trip - Enjoy!
Carol Sinclair Feb 19, 2015 at 06:05 PM

Thanks so much Sarah. Two less things to pack then :).
Sheila Bracken Feb 19, 2015 at 06:30 PM

I was just about to post answers, but Sarah said it all. I brought little binoculars last time, but just carried them. You sure don't need binoculars to see the whales. The first time one came towards the boat, it was like having an airplane come up to us! Don't forget a water bottle. There is treated water on the bus, that they will fill as you need it. See you in a few weeks!!!


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