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All in all, it's a great place to meander, and you can shop uninterrupted by touts’ invitations as you blend in to the urban vibe. The city makes a good base for day trips to Espíritu Santo, Cabo Pulmo and Todos Santos.

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$199 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Los Cabos to La Paz Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour with Lunch

After morning hotel pickup in a plush air-conditioned van, travel past the mountains, plains and coastal dunes of Baja California Sur’s desert. During the ride, eat up the breakfast snacks (usually a freshly prepared sandwich, fruit, and juice) provided by your friendly guide. With the vigorous activity that lies ahead, you’ll appreciate the energy boost. Upon arrival in La Paz, get dressed in a wetsuit and equipped with snorkeling gear for a boat ride out to the Sea of Cortez, where whale sharks gather from October to April. As the boat heads out, your guide shares informative facts about whale sharks and what to expect during the outing. About the size of a yellow school bus, the whale shark is considered the largest fish in the sea at 40-feet-long (12 meters). Lucky for you, these ‘gentle giants’ are filter feeders and prefer to dine on plankton. Your captain with find a spot teeming with the tiny organisms, making the chances that you'll spy the telltale white spots of a whale shark that much greater. Once you see one, slip on your snorkeling mask and fins, and leap from the boat. In that moment, come face-to-face with one of the underwater giants. Marvel at the whale shark’s grace and how it angles its yawning mouth near the waterline to feed, while the rest of its body remains tilted downward. Attempt to sneak a peek of whale shark's white belly as it lumbers along; you'll have to swim at an earnest pace to keep up. While it might be tempting to touch the sleek creature, be sure to keep your hands to yourself at all times. Climb back aboard for a break, as your boat captain navigates to other viewing locations. Along the way, you may see schools of manta rays, dolphins and maybe even humpback whales. Afterward your guide takes to the Malecón, the waterfront boardwalk of La Paz, where you’ll dig into scrumptious Baja-style tacos and cold nonalcoholic beverages as well as tequila and beer. Refueled, take a stroll and explore beachside shopping, or just relax at one of the Malecón's tiny beaches. Then head to the small desert town of Todos Santos in the Sierra de Laguna foothills and arrive at popular Hotel California. Stay long enough and you may hear the Eagles’ classic hit of the same name emanating from the lobby. Go ahead and check off several items from your bucket list as you're transported back to your hotel.

$700 Outdoor Activities

Isla Espiritu Santo 2-Night Camping Tour from La Paz

This adventure starts in La Paz where you will be picked up in the morning and taken to Isla Espiritu Santo in a high speed motor boat. You will move into one of the 8 beautifully decorated tents, then let the wonderful meals, exciting adventures and the luxurious exploration of nature begin! Espiritu Santo National Park in the Sea of Cortez is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is one of the best marine life viewing destinations in the world. Whales, dolphins, whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays and plenty of beautiful tropical fish call the surrounding waters home, while a terrific range of bird species including Blue-footed Boobies, Reddish Egrets, Great Blue Herons and Yellow-footed Gulls frequent the island’s skies and shores.  The island itself is stunning, with magnificent towering cliffs, spectacular sandy bays, amazing lava rock formations, and rock art left by the now-extinct Guaycura and Pericu Indians. There´s even an endemic ring-tailed cat, the babisuri. The trip is fully skiff-supported and the camp has kayaks, stand up paddle boards and snorkel gear so you can adventure and explore to your heart's content. You will be accompanied by a bilingual, naturalist guide (certified Wilderness First Responders) who will plan out each perfect day with you. All of the guides are great interpretive naturalists, so not only are all the activities a total blast, but you have a font of information on everything from marine mammals, to local ecology to Mexican history and more at your disposal all day long.A daily boat ride is included in your program so you can explore the near-by sea lion colony where you can swim in an area known for sea lion puppies, check out the Blue-footed Booby and Magnificent Frigatebird rookeries, investigate the secret cove where sea turtles like to congregate, and explore great snorkeling spots all around the island.Meals start with lunch on your first day at Camp Cecil and go through lunch on the final day before you return to La Paz. Meals are all prepared fresh on the island and include delicious, fresh and healthy choices. Daily happy hour is included as well! This adventure is great for couples, groups of friends and multi-generational families. Those who normally don't like camping will be thrilled with the comfortable beds and beautifully decorated tents, and their are activities to appeal to a wide range of interests - even those who just want to spend the day in a comfortable chair with a good book! Glamping Camp Cecil on Isla Espiritu Santo - you can do it!Note: This is a 2-night tour, you may extend the tour with extra nights by contacting the tour operator directly.

$115 Water Sports

Snorkeling Adventure at Espiritu Santo Island National Park

Passing beautiful turquoise bays you will arrive at the Islotes, home of a sea lion colony, where you will snorkel and swim with them. After some fun with your new friends you will stop at one of the beautiful beaches of the island, “El Candelero” or “Ensenada grande” for a tasty lunch on board.Here you will be able to relax, swim, snorkel or just enjoy the sun and the scenery. On the way back you will cruise by Balandra bay, well known for its mushroom rock formation. Within Espiritu Santo National Park fauna, the fish group stands out for its abundance with over 500 species registered, including the rocky reef fish with high ornamental and commercial value. There are more than 335 species of macro invertebrates, some of them of commercial value and some others under protection.

$1350 Day Trips & Excursions

Espiritu Santo Island and La Paz Full-Day Trip with Snorkeling

Depart at 7am from Tesoro Hotel located at the Cabo San Lucas marina for this 10-hour wildlife adventure.Head north to La Paz, a 2,5 hours road trip through the desert.Once on-board we leave the peninsula heading towards the Espiritu Santo island which takes up to 2  hours.We will spend a good amount of time in the water with the Sea Lions before heading to a white sand beach for our lunch break.Once we have eaten and relaxed enough we will head back to mainland in La Paz and then back to Cabo San Lucas.Another wonderful day trip to get to know the Baja California Sur region.

$210 Tours & Sightseeing

North La Paz Self-Drive Full-Day Discovery Tour with Lunch

Your tour begins as you meet your guide at a central location in La Paz early in the morning. You can bring your own car for the excursion or may rent a 4x4 on site at a reasonable price. You'll then go along with your guide and start traveling up the middle of Baja California and then dropping down to the Pacific. You'll follow old dirt roads along the ocean and visit the spectacular deserted beaches of the Pacific, visited only by wildlife. You'll drive on ancient paths of Baja California until you get to the Pacific side. You'll pass a few fishing camps and through the desert of ancient cactus forests. Several stops will allow you to bathe in the cool waters of the ocean in the midst of this dry landscape, depending on the the tides and wave situation. You'll enjoy a picnic lunch during the tour and return to La Paz at around 7pm where the tour ends. 

$65 Outdoor Activities

Whale shark experience at La Paz

You will meet with your guide at "Marina de La Paz" before the departure time, 9:00am or 12:30pm depending on the schedule you selected. This marina is located on "Topete and Legaspy" streets, just 5 minutes away from the downtown by car. Then we will give you all the gear you need: mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuit. After that we will depart to the whale shark area and start looking for whale sharks. Once we found one or more we will start the watching and snorkel activity. Our groups are 8 people maximum per boat, this ensures not crowded boats and a more profesional and personalized service. We will do the snorkeling activity in groups of 2 or 3 maximum at the same time on the water, so you have a comfortable experience. The guide will take turns with every group and you will be able to swim several times and very probable with more than one whale shark, the times you want to snorkel depends on you, we won't limit you to jump in the water just 1 or 2 times, we want you to make the best of your visit to La Paz! All the snorkeling gear and wetsuits are included in the price, as well as the whale shark bracelets (federal requirrment), traveler's insurance, a certified EFR and tour guide, boat captain and refreshments (cookies, fruit, water and sodas).