If you love the great outdoors and Mother Nature, you'll find an endless selection of activities to enjoy during your time in Los Cabos. You can admire incredible landscapes in the form of beautiful beaches all just steps away from an arid desert with dunes and cacti.
The spectacular marine ecosystem of Los Cabos has been recognized for its immense diversity of species by scientists and experts like Jacques Cousteau. The area has special characteristics that really do make it apt for the informal title of "aquarium of the world". One of the most interesting facts is that eight different species of whale migrate through these waters, creating a magnificent spectacle. Of these, gray whales are the most common and well known in the region.
The official whale watching season runs from December to April, according to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), as this is when the whales seek warmer waters to mate and give birth to their young. Numerous places have been established to allow people to watch them from dry land, including sites in Puerto Adolfo Lopez, Puerto San Carlos, Bahia Magdalena, Bahia Santa Maria, and Isla Magdalena in the municipality of Comondu; in Puerto Chale and Bahia Magdalena in La Paz; and in Parque Nacional Cabo Pulmo, Los Frailes-Cabo Pulmo and San Jose del Cabo in Los Cabos.
The gray whales migrate a total distance of almost 2,000 miles from the northern Pacific to the Los Cabos coastline. Some seek the refuge of the warm, peaceful waters of the Sea of Cortez to bear their young, while others continue on south through the Pacific Ocean.
Whale watching in Los Cabos is such an eagerly-anticipated event that the International Festival of the Gray Whale was created to educate and promote the care and conservation of the species through eco-touristic and cultural activities, tours, and parties. If you love Mother Nature, the natural spectacle of the whales in Los Cabos is something you can't miss out on.
Written by Luis Ernesto de la Garza