12315
Mexico
Mexico: The Great Gray Whale Migration and Baja’s Natural Wonders
Witness the gray whale migration, one of nature’s most phenomenal events, and see these gentle giants up-close in the heart of their breeding grounds.
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Program No. 12315RJ
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Kathleen
(5)
If you want the MOST amazing experience ever and love the gentle giants of the ocean(gray whales)---sign up right away. You will not be disappointed--magical.
Lawrence
(5)
The whale watching trip turned out to be a baby whale petting adventure. It was a moving experience to see a 40 foot mother whale prompt her 10 foot baby to our boat to greet the measly little humans.
Joe
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The interaction between the whales and the participants was well worth the long bus rides to get to the breeding grounds for these majestic whales.
Robert
(5)
The experience of being so close to these huge creatures is beyond easy description. The experience of actually touching and stoking young wild whales while looking into their eye is an emotional experience unlike any other I have ever had. We saw dozens and dozens of whales near our boat and many others in the distance. Overall this is a unique and wonderful experience.
Betty
(5)
Wonderful program that delivered all I expected. The interaction with the whales was a truly marvelous experience!!
William
(5)
This is a great program. It is something that relatively few people get to do. There are other whale watching options, but I don't know any where you can actually touch the whales, and the places are still pretty wild. It takes a lot of time to get there and back, but the experience is well worth it.
Judy
(5)
It was a chance of lifetime to see the whales close up and to touch them! Great experience. The small side trips gave us a better insight of the people and country. Having a local guide gives you so much understanding of the people and customs.
Sharon
(5)
This trip is now number one on the list of things I have done it exceeded all my expectations the group leaders who are were wonderful . Excellent I would highly recommend everybody do this once in their life .
Sherrie
(5)
If the idea of touching a gray whale in the wild appeals to you, this is the trip for you!!
Mary
(5)
The Whale watching tour in Baja was unbelievable! It is everything they said it would be. Going out in small boats and the whales come up to them in curiosity. You can lean over and pet them and they actually look at you and smile!!!! It is in no way causing danger to the whales. The boats respect the whales. It was fun to see the whales play with us and nudge the boat and rub it to get their barnacles off. Awesome adventure! Marilynn from Meno. Falls wi.
Laura
(5)
I was privileged to interact with this ancient water-bound species on their terms!
Libbye
(5)
https://youtu.be/zidroxQ9v0c This video was made by Captain Naaman of Malarrimo Whale Watching Tours at Guerrero Negro, Mexico on this tour arranged by Andiamo Tour Mexico for Road Scholar. We had absolutely gorgeous weather and fabulous guides, Maria and Jazz. The desert was in full bloom after greater than normal rains before we got there and we encountered an incredible number of whales who were very friendly. All in all, it was a totally awesome experience.
Elizabeth
(5)
I give this program all 5s! Our leader Maria and her assistant Yasmine were spectacular, the itinerary was amazing, and the 24 participants were interesting and fun. There is no experience to match petting a whale who chooses to interact with you in its natural habitat. On two of the three Whale watching days I was able to pet whales - I was even able to lean over the boat and kiss a whale! Even on the one day of whale watching where we were not approached by a whale we still had a great time. We watched them from a distance frolicking in the water. I learned some Spanish, enjoyed visiting a wide variety of museums, walked the living desert, and visited locals in their homes. Pack your water shoes (pool shoes), and most of the Mexican motels had no coffee makers in the room (and no such thing as decaf coffee), so pack your own if you need it before breakfast. This was an unbelievable journey, I highly recommend it. I traveled with my husband, and there were several married couples, but also many solo travelers who made lots of friends.
Carolyn
(5)
I have been on 8 or 9 Road Scholar/Elderhostel trips. This trip and the interaction with the gray whales will forever, I believe, keep this particular Road Scholar at the TOP of my list of favorites. There are no words to adequately describe the phenomena of mama gray whales and their babies being "called" to the boats by the splashing of water by the occupants. They sidle alongside the boats and hold still for their favorite itches to be scratched! They go under the boats gracefully with plenty of room to spare. Looking into the eyes of these gentle giants is like looking into the eyes of God. What is the magnetism that draws them toward us? What has erased the fear after generations of being hunted by whalers? There seems to be fathomless intelligence in them. I would, and do, recommend this trip to all I talk to. Truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Melinda
(5)
This was an absolutely incredible trip! Petting the whales was something I never thought I would be able to do and it was truly awe inspiring. The Mexican people at the lagoons are so protective and caring to the wildlife it really made the whole trip a better one. I hope many, many more people will have this experience!
Jay
(5)
This program exceeded my expectations. I thought we would see some whales. Instead, each of the 3 days we probably saw 50 gray whales EACH day and of those 50, 20 were within 20 feet of the boat. Of the 22 participants, 21 touched a whale in the wild.
Anne
(5)
Awesome trip - the whales were magnificent. Luka and Jazz were wonderful and met all our needs. I highly recommend this trip.
Keith
(5)
This is a great opportunity to get out with nature and explore a different side of Mexico. The whale trips were above and beyond expectations. Highly recommend this experience with whales, it is unforgettable.
Barbara
(5)
If you have an interest in whales, this program will satisfy you beyond belief. Great leaders, great driver, and learned lots about this part of Mexico from people who live there.
Glenda
(5)
One of the best programs I have taken. Gray whales up close and personal, it does not get any better than this.
Raymond
(5)
Lots of people watch the gray whale migration from a distance. The Road Scholar trip will put you within splash distance. If you are really lucky, you will be able to touch a whale. Traveling in Baja California can be difficult if done individually. Road Scholar know-how made it a breeze. Our guide (Luka) was absolutely exemplary.
Jane
(5)
We really enjoyed this tour and got to see plenty of whales close up - we went at the very beginning of February and Scammon's Lagoon had around a 1000 whales at that point, so not at all difficult to find and observe all sorts of whale behavior (other lagoon not so good, around 100 whales and so less going on). I'd have liked to go a little later when the baby whales become more experienced in playing with the screaming bath toy that is your boat. We did perfectly well though, plenty of close encounters with Mamas training baby to play, so not to worry, it was a unique experience and far exceeded any other whale watching I'd done before. One thing that concerned me beforehand was what to take on the boat in terms of clothes and equipment. In retrospect, just sunglasses and your camera is fine, no need for anything else (maybe some candy!). I get cold easily so I dressed in a fleece hoodie over a long-sleeved T shirt, nylon pants, with a fairly waterproof hooded cagoule on top of all and was fine - note though, it was sunny on 2 of the 3 days, and no rain. One other thing - the boats are very bouncy when you are making the fast run out to/back from the actual lagoon area, so be prepared to be jolted about quite a bit and be able to keep a firm grip on the bench seat. It was an exhilarating ride and definitely part of the experience! Once in the viewing area the ride is much calmer, and the boats are very stable. Would do it again for sure!
Lisa
(5)
This was just an all around wonderful trip that exceeded my expectations. Being out among the whales was such an unbelievable experience! Nothing like it. But the rest of the trip was so much fun too - beautiful scenery, great food, lovely accommodations, and interesting side trips. I highly recommend it.
Jim
(5)
This program is truly an adventure, perfect for someone who enjoys roughing it a little and who enjoys the thrill of maybe touching a magnificent animal.
Michelle
(5)
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Laura
(5)
I went on this trip to keep my mom company and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it! I normally am an independent traveler but I really liked how easy this trip was and that I didn't have to worry about getting food on time, finding hotels or activities. The whales were more special than I expected, the time spent on the water was calming and enjoyable. The other travelers were uniformly interesting, even though, at 55, I was the youngest of the group and the only one still working. Our group leader was amazing, everything ran smoothly, but even better she was an amazing person with good knowledge about the things were seeing and doing and wonderful stories about Mexico.
Anne
(5)
Amazing, awe-inspiring experience of being close to baby gray whales and their moms. I will never be the same. on the last day on the water, a momma gray spy hopped next to me! The wonder remains with me; my spirit is renewed.
Laurie
(5)
I had trouble correcting things and my text would disappear so I had to start over. otherwise it was great!
Joyce
(5)
I highly recommend this program. The whale watching is spectacular, but there is so much more and the Road Scholar team really delivers a great value. I learned to appreciate the Baja peninsula botanically, zoologically,and historically.....and met some great people,
Dorothy
(5)
If you have ever wanted to touch, pat, stroke and be showered by the exhale of a gray whale in the wild, this is the trip for you! It is an unforgettable experience. Great leaders, wonderful visits to the desert, learning the history, geography, geology of the Baja and experiencing Mexican cultural traditions round out this memorable tour.
Jane
(5)
Our group saw and touched whales on all 3 boat trips. The unique desert landscape was an interesting view. Great trip!
James
(5)
This is a very exceptional experience for interacting with gray whales, and the beauty of Baja California is incredible!
Elaine
(5)
Having grey whales come to the boat to interact with us, and letting us reach down to stroke them was the most profound experience I've had! I've recommended this trip to all my friends since my return and I would do it again in a heartbeat!
Al
(5)
Everyone should be sure to experience this once-in-a-lifetime interaction with the Baja gray whales. Beth and I also couldn't be more pleased with our guide Hiroshi, the desert tours, and the good company of our fellow tour members.
Douglas
(5)
This was a tremendous trip. Our guide, Hiroshi, was very knowledgeable and attentive to our needs. Getting up close to the whales was very exciting! (one more thing I can mark off the "bucket list") The desert walks were very educational and the towns & villages were interesting. All in all, a great trip!
Elizabeth
(5)
If you're looking for an experience that will truly warm your heart and mind and that you'll never forget, sign up for this trip. It was astounding to me that these huge whales would choose to come up to our boats to connect with us, to let us touch and stroke their heads. A richly informative, well organized program.
Marilyn
(5)
A wonderful trip. All of it, the desert, the plants, the mountain scenery, the whales, the whales, the whales. Especially enjoyed staying in San Ignacio - old colonial town in a palm filled oasis.
Leslie
(5)
The whales are truly awesome! Nothing compares to seeing them up close in the lagoons. It's the experienced of a lifetime.
Karla
(5)
This was the first guided travel I've done, and I was delighted to see how much less stressful and more enjoyable it was to have an excellently planned trip. I experienced places and people I wouldn't have otherwise found.
Cynthia
(5)
Our first Road Scholar experience with the whales was beyond anything we could have imagined. While we expected to see Gray whales and learn more about them, actually touching them as they approached our boats and looking into their eyes were moments that we did not imagine and hope to never forget. It was lovely to have this experience with other participants who found it as profound and delightful. We enjoyed the Baja landscapes and learning about this desert.
Mary
(5)
Went to Baja Mexico to see whales it was an experience of a lifetime.
Janet
(5)
Seeing Gray whales up close is an amazing experience.You will also have a chance to get to more remote parts of Baja and meet welcoming locals. The local tour company providing services is outstanding
Lynne
(5)
Not only did we get to be with the Gray Whales and their calves three times, but we prepared to appreciate them through the sharing of interesting information and a background history of their existence. It was an amazing experience made all the more pleasureful because the whales seemed eager to be with us.
Michelle
(5)
Are you interested in seeing Gray Whale mothers & calves up close and personal? Interested in driving through some beautiful desert landscapes? Want to experience some great food and stay in nice accommodations located in villages, cities and out in the country? If the answer to these questions is Yes and you don't mind an occasional bumpy ride - this program is for you.
Karin
(5)
If you have passion for the natural world, animals, and cross species encounters, this trip is an absolute must. It is not whale watching, it is whale encountering. You can't imagine that gray whale mothers would actually bring their babies to you and let you touch them and even rub the baleen in their mouths, after being almost hunted to total extinction, but as incredible as it seems, it happened. We were warned that not everybody gets a close encounter but we were surrounded by friendly mothers and babies. One baby loved to have his face splashed with water and eagerly opened his mouth for us to touch his baleen. Utter magic.
James
(5)
This program is a jewell! Highly recommended!
Vanessa
(5)
I could never have imagined seeing so many whales, so close. I was blown away by the beauty of the desert. The organisation was excellent.Thank you!
Ann
(5)
The whale watching experience was incredible! The amount of "up close and personal" interaction with these majestic creatures on all three excursions far exceeded my expectations. They are so curious, huge, and yet very gentle. Splendid! The nature walks in the desert added additional variety to a great program.
Gary
(5)
I'm surprised that I'm being asked to submit a second review! Why? The trip was overall very satisfactory, and I earlier gave feedback about extremely poor service for our group while dining (evening and morning) at San Quintin, and the unsatisfactory meal on our first night in San Diego. Do you cherry-pick the responses that you decide to post? I gave you honest and detailed feedback which can't seem to be found among the "recent feedback" responses you have posted. Why?
Road Scholar
We are very thankful for participant feedback, both positive and negative, as it allows us to create the best experiences possible. Road Scholar sincerely thanks you for taking the effort to post your thoughts on this trip, and we apologize for any technical issues which may have prevented the posting of your original review. As a general rule, we wish to assure you that we will not remove a legitimate review, good or bad, as we believe that following-up with the parties involved is the most efficient way to address a situation.
Nikki
(5)
A magical experience, one that I have never encountered before. To actually touch these magnificent creatures and their young babies is a powerful event. The whole trip, led by Luca Rangel, was so thorough from sea to the desert.
Sara
(5)
The whale watching trip in Baja was amazing! First I discovered that my friend Catherine was awesome to travel with! Then I discovered that Isabel was a fabulous leader and I definitely want to take another trip with her! I also discovered there were other fun people on the trip and we had a great time enjoying ourselves at our various stops and on the bus! All-in-all, a trip that surpassed my hopes and expectations!!
David
(5)
The tour leaders and bus drivers were excellent. I've been whale watching several times before, but never had the experience of touching friendly whales. Truly a bucket list experience. Highly recommended.
SUE
(5)
The experience of visiting the gray whales on this trip would be nearly impossible to do on your own. The outstanding leaders and bus driver created the perfect situation for us to enjoy.
Pamela
(5)
If you have ever thought about going to see the friendly whales of baja, just do it. This trip is not only a never to be forgotten chance to interact with (and yes, pet) the thousands of friendly whales in Guerrero Negro but so much more. It's a short immersion in Mexican culture, history and food. It's comfortable bus travel and very nice hotels. It's walking in the desert, seeing ancient cave paintings, and seeing a middle school dance performance by kids who enjoy old folks. It's a chance to learn from guides who grew up in baja and can share their love of their country. Don't miss this opportunity!
William
(5)
This was exciting; the whales came close enough to touch. Even seemed interested in"humans" in the boat. And such a contrast between desert and ocean.
Mike
(5)
Our March 11 trip was an unforgettable experience. We petted and kissed Gray whales, interacted with wonderful Mexican people and ate great food. I can't say enough about Andiamo Tours, Our tour provider. The guides, Jaz and Heiro were amazing. They were there for us 24/7 and were above and beyond anything for could have expected. We ended our trip in the midst of a fruit picker's strike which blocked rt. 1 and stranded us. Andiamo went into high gear to protect us and get us out of a potentially troubling situation. Their professionalism and dedication is something we will never forget. I recommend this trip and Andiamo Tours unreservedly to anyone interested in Gray whales specifically and Baja California generally. Mary Lou & Mike Tenenbaum





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