"Guerrero Negro, Baja Sur, Mexico" Guerrero Negro by maryellen50

Guerrero Negro Travel Guide: 21 reviews and 65 photos

The Vizcaino Biosphere

Guerrero Negro is the point of entry to the state of Baja California Sur. Its location on the 28th parallel makes it the ideal rest spot for North and South-bound peninsula travellers. Located in the Vizcaíno Biosphere, Guerrero Negro is particularly attractive to ecotourists. January to March hundreds of wildlife enthusiasts arrive to observe the gray whales in the waters of Laguna Ojo de Liebre, where they mate and give birth, along with estuaries and swamps home to species of birds such as the white pelican, the red-tailed hawk, the gray and white heron, royal eagle and fish eagle.
It is not an inexpensive trip due to the remoteness. It is a 7 hour drive from San Diego on Baja Highway One. There is no direct air access with Loreto/La Paz being the closest airport and still there is a 2-3 hour drive from that point so the best way to drive is from San Diego.

Gray Whales-Mexican by Birth

Every year thousands of California gray whales migrate 6,000 miles from the cold waters of the Bering and Chukchi Seas to the warm waters of Baja's central Pacific coast. From mid-December through March, Laguna Ojo de Liebre/Scammon's Lagoon is the destination of the largest number of these magnificent mammals, approx ely 1,500 --including newborn calves -- every year. In reality, these whales should be named "Mexican Gray Whales" rather than "Pacific Gray Whales" as 90% are born in the warm Mexican lagoons. To view the California gray whales as they blow, sound, mate and calve in their natural habitat is an awe-inspiring. The best time to visit is the month of February when the babies are beginning to frolick.

Required Reading For Visiting Baja

These two books are a MUST-READ for anyone going to Baja.
Sightings: The Gray Whales' Mysterious Journey by Linda Hogan & Brenda Peterson. Written by two female Makah tribal members opposed to the allowed whale harvesting in the Northwest.
"Saving the Gray Whale: People, Politics, and Conservation in Baja California (Society, Environment, and Place" by Serge Dedina. Dedina's book tells about how Mexican politics (not conservationism) has shaped the gray whale's future in Mexico

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Whales and Whales and Whales and Whales!
  • Cons:Accessibility is difficult due to remoteness
  • In a nutshell:The one place in the world to see gray whales!
  • Last visit to Guerrero Negro: Feb 2004
  • Intro Updated Feb 11, 2004
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