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Panterra Eco Expeditions

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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About Panterra Eco Expeditions
Providing educational and cultural adventure expeditions in La Paz and Cabo San Lucas. Join us as we take you on a natural history journey to the Sea of Cortez and Baja Peninsula. Experience extraordinary, and often life changing, moments leaving guests with memories of a lifetime. Our expedition offers some of the rarest marine life encounters one could have on a single expedition.
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ColorQueen2014 wrote a review Apr. 2020
Westlake Village, California54 contributions29 helpful votes
This review is long overdue as I have now been on several expeditions with Eco-Panterra, Lela and her crew. I will review my most recent awesome trip that I consider a privilege to have been a part of. This trip was not on a boat for a week which I normally went on. It started our first night at the lovely Hotel Catedral. We met for a nice dinner and introduction of our fellow travelers. The next morning we were up early, divided into two vans and off we went for our first destination. I can't remember the names of all the places we stopped at but had an incredible education at each stop as well as tasty food. But the main event was the 3 different places along our 5 day journey that we stopped at to see the whales. Each day we divided into small groups of 6 and boarded a small panga boat that took us out into Magdalena Bay where the whales were with their babies. Lela provided us 3 great experiences in our 5 days, the first by being able to see, approach and touch the Gray whales in a very remote shallow birthing bay. The next experience was to do the same in a deeper bay where the whales were able to spy hop and dive, again with limited people around. The 3rd experience was to join the masses and converge in numbers upon a whale! It is Mexico's tourism afterall. We saw thousands of different types of birds, various beaches, and a group of killer whales in the bay, a rare sight! The benefit/luxury of choosing Eco-Panterra is the knowledge, safety and small personal care/experiences that Lela and her crew provide each participant.This trip hit very rural areas and I found nothing but raw beauty in the people, animals, environment and FOOD! The food everywhere we stopped was the BEST!!!! The Baja penninsula is beautiful, the sea and it's creatures, the night stars, the quiet life style and the beauty of the experience either on land or sea is something that keeps me coming back to one or two tours a year thru Eco-Panterra because EVERY time it is unique and different and I come home alive and wondering why I just don't move there! So don't hesitate and think a bigger company would be better. This company is a gem!!!!! If you like my review and found it helpful, feel free to give me a thumbs up "like". See you on board! Trish
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Date of experience: February 2020
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LumberJackie503 wrote a review May 2019
Portland, Oregon6 contributions
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There are many ways to see Baja. Glamping with Lela and her crew is a fabulous way to experience the beauty and complexity of the natural environment. What differentiates this experience is that Lela is an academic as well as an entrepreneur. She brings local college students on the trip to assist in the eco-education, help manage logistics with gear and safety, and learn what it takes to be successful in the ecotourism business. This, and the fact that the boat crew is made up off locals who speak Spanish as their first language, lands a learning component that is unique and satisfying. For us, the other differentiators included the size and nature of the group, and the care for safety. The size and nature of the group (15 guests) was optimal in that there were no long lines and yet the mix of guests was interesting and fun, drawing from the Pacific Northwest, Canada, Britain and Australia. For safety, Lela was steady in her approach to doing things the safe way (good judgement even when weather forced changes in plans), the snorkel gear and wetsuits and panga boats were quality equipment, and the crew was experienced. Also, the boat was impeccably clean and well maintained throughout the trip, the cocktails were fun, and the night sky was absolutely stunning. I wish we had discovered this when our boys were in their early teens, and we would love to go back with a larger group of friends and family. Thank you Lela and crew!
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Date of experience: March 2019
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sable52 wrote a review Mar. 2019
Portsmouth, United Kingdom19 contributions4 helpful votes
Just back form doing this trip with Lela & crew of the MV Adventurer. Great group of people to sail with & experience the amazing emcounters of Grey Whales, Dolphins, Humpbacks, Blue whale & snorkling with Whale sharks. Lela and her team looked after us, with lovely meals 3 times a day, comfortable cabins ( as much it can be on a small ship). Lovely hikes on the Islands we anchored off. Lela very knowledgable as a Naturalist. Lots of opportunities for some great photos/videos. It was sad to say goodbye at the end of the trip.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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blcleland13 wrote a review Aug. 2018
Edmonton, Canada2 contributions
I have just returned from a week and a half on a live aboard ship in the Sea of Cortez. Amazing. Every moment of the trips was noteworthy and inspiring. Lela and Alan, the interpreters and guides (although they were so much more than that) planned each day after checking the winds, the currents and more. Each day took us to new places. Snorkeling in so many different spots with unparalleled sea creatures...colourful, abundant fish, octopus, sea stars, cucumbers, rays and turtles we’re just some of the things we experienced in the warm, clear waters of the Sea of Cortez. Huge pods of dolphins changed their courses to swim with our boat and jump in our wake. Encounters with fin whales were awe inspiring. Sea turtles, sea lions and manta rays regularly swam by as we traveled. Two pangas were always ready to allow us to get closer to the animals we saw. I can’t express how exciting it was to move amongst hundreds of mobula rays. Accommodations on the ship were terrific and the chefs ensured that the food and drink kept flowing. Such delicious food. Visits to fishing villages along the way allowed us to meet the people who made a living in the area. Hikes in the arroyos in the early mornings allowed us to see a part of Mexico that many do not. I had no idea that so many lizards and birds could live in such a hot, dry environment, Bird watching excursions, sea lion rocks and nurseries and night time sea life viewing all added to the experience to make this trip so memorable. With Lela and Alan to help interpret what I was seeing and experiencing, I now have a good start to understanding the need for the stewardship and protecting this amazing natural area. I have travelled with Panterra three times, now. There is no doubt I will be back.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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blcleland13 wrote a review Aug. 2018
Edmonton, Canada2 contributions
One of the most amazing experiences of my life began before I even arrived in La Paz. Lela ensured that I had all the information about the trip that I possibly needed, and kept in touch with me to ensure all my questions were answered. I signed up for everything: the Grey Whale Expedition, whale shark addition, and a day trip to Espiritu Santos. From the moment I was picked up at the airport by the knowledgeable and hospitable Alan, to my arrival at the beautiful hotel that Lela had booked for us, I knew I was in for a wonderful adventure. Led by both Alan and Lela, we had adventures in the grey whale birthing lagoons. The babies kept spy hopping and looking at us, while the mothers scratched their backs on the shallow bottom of the lagoon and let their babies explore us. Even now, I get excited to think that the whales were interacting with us as much as we were watching them. The small pangas, the extremely experienced panga drivers and small numbers in each panga, ensured that we each learned a lot from what Lela and Alan had to tell us. The next day we swam with whale sharks. Close enough to touch these amazingly large fish, the captain of our guide boat placed us in perfect proximity to these gentle giants, so that our snorkel equipment allowed us to see the whale shark from one end to the other. Especially amazing was the way Alan and the other guides worked hard to ensure that those tentative swimmers among us had success. Another day found us swimming with young sea lions. Nothing can explain the feeling as these exuberant youngsters approached us and played with and around us. With a wet suit on, I was happy to snorkel my way around a few of the coral reefs we encountered. Such an awe inspiring number of fish and many many types of fish. Our acccomodations at the Hotel Cathedral and the camping experience in Magdalena Bay were both over the top. Outstanding food, fabulous accommodations and comfortable friendships. I especially loved the yurt that overlooked the bay. You can be sure I will be back to experience what Lela and Alan and Panterra have to offer. This trip was one of the most amazing trips of my life.
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Date of experience: February 2018
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