Mexico // Baja California //

Whale watching from Guerrero Negro

Whale watching is the principle reason people visit Guerrero Negro, as hordes of friendly California grey whales, which spend most of their lives in the icy Bering Sea around Alaska, can be observed (at remarkably close quarters) from within the nearby Laguna Ojo de Liebre (aka Scammon’s Lagoon), thrity minutes’ south of town. It’s an exceptional experience – and many visitors actually get to touch the whales, which sometimes come right up to bobbing vessels after the engines are switched off.

Organized tours begin in Guerrero, but you can also drive to the lagoon and hire a cheaper panguero (boat) yourself. Take Hwy-1 south for 9km and look for the sign to the Parque Natural de la Ballena Gris. From here it’s 6km along a rough dirt road to a gate (which someone will open), and another 18km to the lagoon. You’ll probably be asked to pay the park entrance fee here.