Conducting whale watching tours in San Ignacio Lagoon
for over 48 years!

As seen on:
NBC, Readers Digest, Ocean Oasis IMAX film, New York Times,
National Geographic’s Intelligent Traveler Blog, Eye of the Whale

Featured on PBS:
Saving The Ocean with Carl Safina - Episode 1: Destination Baja
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San Ignacio Lagoon whale watching at it's best - introducing visitors to a gray whale during one of Pachico's Eco Tours.

2023 season Updates coming soon

Due to COVID-19, we decided to prioritize health and keep our staff, families and visitors safe and sacrificed our 2021 whale season. Now we see remarkable improvements against the virus, people getting vaccinated in either side of the border and feel confident that we can safely operate this coming season 2022. YES, WE ARE READY TO TAKE RESERVATIONS FOR COMING WHALE SEASON 2022!

Gray Whale Watching Tour

Double the whale watching and chances for interacting with the whales offered by the majority of the whale watching companies of San Ignacio Lagoon!

Thrilled visitors meet the gray whales of Baja's San Ignacio Lagoon up-close.

This exhilarating full day whale watching tour maximizes time on the water and allows you to fully experience the gray whales and the lagoon surroundings. Your day begins at our eco- camp where you can enjoy complimentary coffee and tea as your guide prepares you for your memorable whale watching experience. On your way out to the observation area you will have the opportunity to observe migrating sea birds, whales traveling to the observation area, bottlenose dolphins, and possibly glimpse endangered sea turtles. You will spend the morning appreciating the whales in their winter breeding and nursing habitat, where fantastic viewing opportunities abound. Our experienced captains and guides share their knowledge and stories of whale watching and help you understand the whale behaviors you are witnessing. After a fantastic morning of whale watching you'll take a break for a delicious Mexican lunch on a pristine sandy beach, or near a mangrove estuary. Here, you can explore and take photos of whale bones, sand dunes, birds, and many varieties of sea shells. Following lunch you will quickly reenter the gray whale observation area where you'll delight at the opportunity to spend more time with these gentle giants. While traveling in Baja be sure not to miss this breathtaking opportunity to experience the gray whales on their annual migration in their only remaining undeveloped winter breeding and nursing habitats.

Time:10:00am - 4:00pm
Trip Length: Approximately 6 hours
Total Time in Observation Area: 3 Hours
Includes double the whale watching time most day trips to San Ignacio Lagoon offer.
Lunch and El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve fee included.
*Tour is not offered if there are fewer than 2 passengers

Half Day Whale Watching Tour

Baja whale watching at it's most exciting as a gray whale visits our boat in San Ignacio Lagoon. Come and enjoy an exciting, educational ride aboard one of our pangas on San Ignacio Lagoon, the premier destination for whale-watching in Baja! For those who don't have time for a full day of whale watching, we offer a 3 hour whale watching tour. On this tour, you will spend 90 minutes with the whales in the authorized observation area and have many opportunities for an encounter that will make a lifelong impression. In addition, the boat ride along the lagoon shores gives you a perfect chance to bird watch, catch glimpses of bottlenose dolphins, and maybe even view some sea turtles!

Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm*
*This trip is not offered between the dates of February 8 - March 13th.
* For all other dates during the season, this tour is subject to availability and is not a daily tour.
*This tour will not be operated for fewer than 6 people.
Trip Length: Approximately 3 hours
Total Time in Observation Area: 1.5 Hours
El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve fee included.

Beach Cabaña

San Ignacio Lagoon accommodations in our solar powered cabins along the shore in Baja Mexico You made the drive out to the Lagoon! Why not stay for the night, or multiple nights? Staying overnight lagoon-side gives you the opportunity to appreciate the wildlife of San Ignacio Lagoon on one of our guided tours then return to camp and bask in the peaceful setting of the Lagoon. Staying in one of our seven intimate beach cabañas is the perfect way to take in the natural surroundings of the Biosphere Reserve. Explore the remote waters and shores of San Ignacio Lagoon by day, then spend the evening stargazing until the coyotes signal it's time for bed. All of our beach cabañas provide our guests with spectacular lagoon views and photo defying sunsets. The cabañas offer a wall of oversized windows, providing fresh air and taking advantage of the shifting lagoon wind patterns. Each beach cabaña is solar powered and simply furnished. They offer their own outdoor sitting areas. Bedding and purified water are provided. In five of our cabañas showers and composting bathrooms are shared and are located near the cabaña area. Two of our premium cabins have private attached bathroom facilities. Our desalinated shower water is trucked in from the local village. We promote water conservation efforts as well as the use of biodegradable products.

*Beach Cabaña accommodations are included in our overnight packages.
*Additional and extra nights can be arranged.
*Accommodates 2-4 Guests
*Beach Cabaña Rentals offered outside of the whale watching season - Based on availability
*Peak season 2 night minimum


Shrimp and fish tacos are just some of the tasty food prepared by our chefs. Pachico's Eco Tours serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We offer a simple menu in a casual family atmosphere. The chefs at Pachico's Eco Tours create tasty dishes utilizing local seafood and produce. Guests enjoy enormous mouth-watering, fresh scallops, tantalizing local sea bass and only the freshest halibut (as the season permits). Our restaurant is located in the camp center where you can choose to spend time browsing through our collection of Natural History books and articles, socializing with other guests, or just relax and enjoy the view. At meals, guests trade stories about whale encounters, desert surprises, and all things Baja.

Meals: $8-20 USD

Laguna Adventurer Package

San Ignacio Lagoon provides a lucky whale watcher a surprise kiss.Our all-inclusive Laguna Adventurer Package includes our Gray Whale Watching Tour (*Double the whale watching and chances for interacting with the whales offered by the majority of the whale watching companies of San Ignacio Lagoon!). Also included is one night accommodation in one of our 7 shore side beach cabañas. Our beach cabañas offer spectacular views of the lagoon through a wall of oversized windows. If you choose to arrive in the late afternoon enjoy dinner and awake to coffee and breakfast before your whale watching trip. If a morning arrival better suits your travel plans, coffee and tea await you before you head out on your whale watching journey. Both options include a wonderful lunch on the beach. Upon your return to camp, enjoy happy hour, an amazing sunset, and dinner. Take time to be astounded by the stargazing opportunities, before you turn in for the night in one of our cozy beach cabañas. Breakfast is served in the morning before your departure. Due to limited number of cabanas available, please make advanced reservations.

Our Laguna Adventurer Package includes: 1 Gray Whale Watching Tour, 1 night accommodation based on cabana & cabana occupancy, 3 meals, happy hour, use of all camp facilities, required El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve daily park pass and IVA taxes.

January - April

Multi Day Packages

Lucky guests to San Ignacio Lagoon have a whale visit their boat at Pachico's Eco Tours. Due to the fact that whales are wild animals and are in control of whether or not they choose to interact with humans, we encourage our guests to spend as much time with the whales as their schedule allows. The more time spent out with the whales, the better the chances of having that once -in -a -lifetime encounter with the whales. The majority of our guests opt to book for 3 -4 days of whale watching. If you have the time, we highly recommend booking for at least two whale watching tours, as opposed to limiting your time with the whales. That way, if weather is an issue, or the whales just do not feel like coming up to the boats during a session in the observation area, you won't be disappointed. With all that, we do get close to the whales on every whale watching tour. The whale watching in San Ignacio Lagoon is unlike any other whale watching. We cannot guarantee you will touch whales (that is completely up to the whales!), but we can guarantee you will see whales during the whale watching season.

January 15 - April 15
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Laguna Explorer Camping Package

A tent at Pachico's Eco Tours whale watching camp on the shore of San Ignacio Lagoon Baja Mexico This package is the same as the Laguna Adventurer package except for the option of lodging. We have a limited number of camping packages available, so please reserve in advance!

Our Camping Package includes: 1 Full Day Whale Watching Tour, 1 night accommodation, 3 meals, happy hour, use of all camp facilities, required El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve daily park pass and IVA taxes. If you would like to join us, this is the package we use as a base for our sample itinerary.

January - April
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Camping Option

A tent at Pachico's Eco Tours whale watching camp on the shore of San Ignacio Lagoon Baja Mexico Our location on the shores of San Ignacio Lagoon is perfect for tent, or vehicle based camping. If you would like to bring your own tent, Camper, or just sleep in your car, camping is available. Once you arrive at Pachico's Eco Tours, and view the layout of our camp, we can show you possible areas to set up camp and you can pick the best spot for you and your group. Here there are no bad campsites, each have a magnificent view of the Lagoon and surrounding desert, mountains, and volcanoes. Due to the fact that our camp does have a maximum occupancy, we do ask that you your make reservations in advance. Due to the strong winds of San Ignacio Lagoon we recommend tents that have at least 3 poles (not including the pole for the rain fly).

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*All Prices are subject to change.

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