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8 Days Expedition and Yoga Retreat in Mexico

  • Cabo San Lucas - Seven Crown Hotel, La Paz - Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico

8 Days Expedition and Yoga Retreat in Mexico

  • Cabo San Lucas - Seven Crown Hotel, La Paz - Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Expedition and Yoga Retreat Mexico

Experience yoga in one of the most spellbinding places in North America, Baja California Sur. The retreat has been designed to reconnect guests with nature in a meaningful way. The Baja and Sea of Cortez is a world of a different time, place, and rhythm while Magdalena Bay is world renowned for gray whale interaction with humans. This is truly an adventure of the spirit.


  • Daily yoga
  • Explore the jewel island of Espiritu
  • Lose yourself in the magic of the gray whales
  • Participate in an ancient Aztec cleansing ritual
  • Snorkeling with the mysterious whale sharks
  • Transport while in Mexico
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Fresh meals at the camp
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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The hotels

Your first night hotel stay will be in Cabo San Lucas, where the Temazcal will be held. The remainder of your hotel stays will be at the Seven Crown hotel Malecon in the heart of La Paz along the seawalk.

The camp

The camp has been designed for minimal impact on the environment and accommodates 14 guests in seven tents, double occupancy with two single beds (off the floor cots). The group will meet for meals, drinks, and social time at the main tent. Cooks create fresh local dishes to include seafood from the bay, and fresh meats, fruits, and vegetables from the local farmers.

Bedding, linens, and blankets are supplied. Composting toilets and overhead showers (solar showers) ensure that you will feel appropriately Baja without harm to the environment. The whale watching boats, pangas, are 28 feet with a maximum capacity of eight passengers and carry all the required safety equipment.

The R.O.A.M expedition

You can relax through experiencing ROAM yoga in one of the most spellbinding places in North America, Baja California Sur. The expedition begins with an ancient Aztec cleansing ritual known as a Temazcal under the guidance of a local shaman.

You will spend two nights and three days at an eco-camp in the gray whale birthing lagoon of Magdalena Bay and live in the company of these amazing cetaceans as they give birth, teach their young, mate, and socialize in the safety of the lagoon. After taking a day trip to explore the magic of Isla Espiritu Santos and snorkel with playful California sea lions, you will enjoy a half day snorkeling with gentle giant whale sharks.


Day 1

  • Arrival in Los Cabos
  • Transfer to the hotel in Cabo San Lucas

Day 2

  • Yoga exercises and Temazcal
  • Transfer to the Seven Crown hotel in La Paz for a one night stay

Day 3 to 5

  • Eco-camp in Magdalena Bay
  • Morning departure to Lopez Mateos in Magdalena Bay at 06:00 (approximately three and a half hours)
  • Ranch breakfast en-route
  • Late morning of whale watching
  • Live amongst the gray whales

Day 5

  • The last three-hour encounter with the whales after breakfast
  • Return to the shores of Lopez Mateos
  • Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch at one of the local restaurants
  • Return to the Seven Crown hotel in La Paz

Day 6

  • Yoga on the beach
  • Day trip to the jewel of the islands, Isla Espiritu Santos

Day 7

  • Yoga on the beach
  • Half-day trip snorkeling with the whale sharks
  • Enjoy a dinner out at a restaurant in La Paz

Day 8

  • Hotel check-out
  • Return to the Los Cabos International Airport (SJD)
  • 3 days eco-camp on the shore of the gray whale birthing lagoon of Magdalena Bay
  • Day trip exploring the magic of Isla Espiritu Santos
  • Half-day trip snorkeling with gentle giant whale sharks
  • Temazcal - ancient Aztec cleansing ritual
  • Heather Kolankowski

    Heather, RYT-200 Therapeutic Yoga Instructor, UMTC, PADI Rescue Dive, has taught yoga in Western Canada and Mexico. She is the creator of the Ultimate Music Yoga Program for Ultimate Music Theory, founded by Glory St. Germain. Heather has had the honor to study with Suzette O’Byrne, Susi Hately, and Yvonne Werkmann. She works with injuries, illness, and surgeries helping clients increase mobility and strength and decrease pain.

Cabo San Lucas and La Paz are two distinctly different cities. The distance between these two cities is a beautiful two and a half hours drive. La Paz makes a great laidback “day trip” getaway from the hustle and bustle of Cabo and offers pristine islands to explore. The two cities are a great way to explore the best of Baja California Sur.

Baja Peninsula

On the Pacific side of the Baja Peninsula lies the famous Magdalena Bay. The lagoon is one of only three nurseries and breeding grounds in the world of the Pacific Gray Whales. Each year, the gray whales make their annual migration to breed and give birth. At the shallowest parts of the lagoon, the calves are born, take their first breaths, nurse, and learn to use their awkward tails.

In the deepest parts of the lagoon, males and females congregate to mate and new mothers swim with their calves, preparing them for the long journey north to the summer feeding grounds in the arctic. It is world renowned for gray whale interactions with humans.

The “Eco Camp” at the lagoon is beautifully situated on the shores of San Domingo island in the bay. You will have an up close and personal experience while living in the company of the great whales. Embark on the mysterious journey into the life of the gray whales. This is once in a lifetime experience.

Cabo San Lucas

Cabo has been rated as one of Mexico’s top five tourist destinations. It is known for its beaches, scuba diving, landmarks, and marine life. It has become a heavily trafficked destination for tourists, with numerous resorts and timeshares along its coastline.

La Paz

La Paz is the capital city of the Mexican State of Baja California Sur. It is an important regional commercial center. Here, you can experience traditional Baja life. Within easy reach of the city are deserted beaches, calm bays, and pristine offshore islands. Its abundance of marine life offers amazing and often rare encounters. La Paz is the gateway to the islands of the Sea of Cortez.

It is not a massive beach resort town with 500 room mega hotels and partying into the night. It offers tourists a laid back vacation with opportunities to leisurely explore the culture, history, land, and sea. This is a great opportunity to explore the area.

Sea of Cortez

The Sea of Cortez is located between the Baja Peninsula and mainland Mexico and is one of the youngest and most fertile seas on earth. The peninsula was formed approximately five million years ago when part of the Earth’s crust separated along the San Andreas Fault drifting in a northwesterly direction away from mainland Mexico. After colliding with southern California, an ocean basin was formed and is known today as the Gulf of California or more commonly referred to as the Sea of Cortez.

Left in the wake of the collision was an explosion of natural geological wonders - a group of desert islands. The area has remained uninhabited, spellbinding, and timeless. This amazing Galapagos type setting plays host to some of the rarest and most beautiful marine life on earth and offers an amazing environment for swimming, snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and hiking.

On July 15, 2005 the islands of the Sea of Cortez were declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations. It is home to thousands of species of marine animals and is the reason why Jacques Cousteau called this sea “The Aquarium of the World”.

Because of the rich in natural history, unspoiled in beauty, and unrivaled in marine life, the Sea of Cortez is a world of a different time, place, and rhythm that is an ideal opportunity to explore, discover and learn.

Fresh local dishes, including seafood from the bay, and fresh meats, fruits, and vegetables from the local farmers will be served at the camp and are included in the price. Delicious meals during hotel stay in La Paz and Cabo San Lucas are not included in the price.

  • 2.5 hours snorkeling with whale sharks
  • 4 whale watching sessions
  • 6 hours Isla Espiritu Santos Island Tour
  • 7 nights accommodations
  • Ancient Aztec Temazcal
  • Daily yoga
  • Fresh meals at the camp
  • Tourist fees
  • Transport while in Mexico
  • Airfare to Los Cabos International Airport (SJD)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals during hotel stay
  • Medical or travel cancellation or trip interruption insurance
  • Service provider gratuities

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Los Cabos International Airport (SJD). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Panterra Eco Expeditions will pick you up from the airport.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.


  • Review by Tracey D. from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I just spent the most amazing time in the sea of Cortez with Panterra Eco Expeditions. We spent a week on the MV Adventure Island hopping, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, whale watching, and making friends. It was truly one of the most beautiful trips I have ever taken."

    "It was a very easy trip to take. Lela has you plucked from the airport, safely delivered to La Paz, then you’re on the boat and having dinner while underway. I left Victoria B.C. at 10 a.m. and was having dinner in the Sea of Cortex by 7 p.m. It doesn’t get any easier than that. The crew on The MV Adventure were very professional, kind, and a lot of fun. The food was excellent!! Omar is the chef and he cooked up some amazing meals. With 15 plus people on the boat, there were some diet restrictions and he made sure everyone was taken care of weather you were a vegetarian or couldn’t have spices."

    "Safety is a number one priority and there was a full time safety officer on board at all times. If we were snorkeling or hiking, he had his entire gear ready in case of an emergency. I found Guri to be extremely professional and he had a great deal of experience."

    "We stayed all week on the boat then went to Magdalena bay to interact with the whales on the Pacific side. The scenery was breathtaking. Watching the whales with their babies was incredible. That was a fabulous day that included lunch on the Isla Margarita. The wonderful chef there made us a lobster and halibut lunch. "

    "The next day we snorkeled with the whale sharks in the sea of Cortez out of La Paz. I had no idea these fish were such beautiful creatures and so docile. Absolutely a beautiful experience!! I can’t wait to go back."

    "Lela is a phenomenal photographer and took hundreds of photos for us so that we did not have to be behind our cameras the entire time allowing us to truly enjoy the experience. She is a very gifted talented photographer."

    "I have my own sail boat and I sail the Gulf Islands in British Colombia. It would take me 30 years to see all of the beauty I was fortunate enough to see with the Panterra Eco Expedition. I have done a lot of traveling all over the world and this trip was truly the most beautiful experience to date."

    "I would highly recommend this trip!"

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  • Review by Kathleen M. from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "This is my second trip with Panterra. It is the perfect balance of activities and utter relaxation. I loved every minute from the cool mornings sitting with your coffee on the bow of the boat to watch the sun rise, to sitting out on the upper deck sipping your wine as the sun sets relaxing after a day spent swimming with sea lions, mobula, stunning fish, and octopus. The ability to disconnect from our fast paced world to follow whales and dolphins is priceless. The only hardship was finding time for a nap when there was too much to see. "

    "The crew of the boat were caring, skilled, and above all made sure you were safe and well taken care of. The food was excellent and I miss being greeted in the afternoons with our tray of fresh fruit, snacks, and the drink of the hour. Lela documented our trip in pictures and introduced us to the sea and bird life, the salt flats, and the local communities. Her charitable work and connection with the people is evident. "

    "We had all of our needs met from the moment we were picked up at our hotel until we were delivered at the airport for our flight home. Our group was made up of people ranging from their early 20's to somewhere in their middle age and all would go back and do it again. "

    "Bring a hat, sunscreen, beach towel and multiple bathing suits because your going to be swimming multiple times a day."

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  • Review by Dave W. from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Panterra offers several different experiences that allow visitors to learn about the wonderful marine life of the sea of Cortez through active and up-close encounters. We were able to snorkel in two different areas, one of which had an abundance of whale sharks, while the other allowed us to see sea lions up close, along with an impressive variety of brightly colored fish. Before this, we were able to camp for two nights on an island in Magdalena Bay, and go out in small boats to see and interact with mother grey whales and their 'babies', as they prepared for the long trip north. This was a rare and wonderful experience, made even better by the knowledge and enthusiasm of Lela and her crew, who made everyone feel at home. Meals were outstanding, too!"

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  • Review by Robb S. from Canada
    9 out of 10

    "I’ve been telling everyone that the Panterra trip has been my best actual vacation in my entire life so far. An incredible eye opener and just the perfect combination of laid back and structured holiday. I can’t rave enough about it!"

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  • Review by Lisa G. from Mexico
    10 out of 10

    "We recently finished an amazing dive trip through Panterra. The trip was geared toward more advanced divers, but as a less experienced diver, there were still more than enough dives that I could participate in and enjoy. We went diving with the sea lions, went on a couple of wreck dives, and saw wonderful sea life from sea turtles to sea cucumbers. We had an opportunity to snorkel with whale sharks, had dolphins play at the bow of the boat as well as had opportunity for kayaking, and bird watching excursions. And if you didn't want to dive, there were snorkel adventures as well as just relaxing in the sun on the boat. The crew took excellent care of us while we were diving as well as while cruising around on the boat, from the delicious meals to that extra special birthday drink to a hand up the stairs at the end of a tiring dive. They are a great team that operates like a well oiled machine!"

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  • Review by Marissa S. from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Had an amazing time adventuring the Sea of Cortez. The crew made our week aboard the ship so much more memorable, enjoyable, and treated us like royalty. I would go back in a heartbeat!!"

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  • Review by Emily G.
    10 out of 10

    "A wonderful, bucket list fulfilling adventure that was full of amazing moments, as well as an amazing crew and an amazing Lela!"

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  • Review by Mark J.
    10 out of 10

    "We recently spent spring break in the Cabo San Lucas and La Paz area without a doubt the highlight of the trip was swimming with the Whale Sharks near La Paz and also the Espiritu Tour the following day. The tour guides were very informed and pleasant and spent a good deal of time describing the details of the local marine environment. It was a fantastic educational experience for the adults and kids. Definitely a great experience and would recommend it for any age."

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  • Review by Beth H. from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I had a wonderful experience in the sea of Cortez thanks to Lela and her wonderful team. It was a fantastic adventure, from witnessing the amazing breaching of whales to undertaking wildlife conservation projects with sea turtles - it was truly an amazing experience. "

    "Lela was just incredible. She has so much enthusiasm and love for what she is doing, she made an amazing place 10x more amazing! Thank you Lela and all your team!"

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  • Review by Samantha T. from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "On my first trip with Panterra Eco-Expeditions, I had no idea what to expect. I was ignorant to the fact that my life was to be changed forever. Panterra not only offers a chance to get away from the cold, but to experience nature and all of its magnificent creatures close up. There is no feeling in the world like watching a humpback whale breech out of the ocean, or being surrounded by thousands of dolphins jumping and playing. Not only does Panterra offer a chance to experience this, but it also provides the knowledge and respect of what you are experiencing. Lela not only runs this program so beautifully and brilliantly but she puts her whole heart into it. I have been blessed to have her as a mentor and hope to follow in her footsteps. Thank you Lela!"

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  • Review by Jessica A.
    10 out of 10

    "Dear Lela, thank you so much for having me on the eco expeditions trip. I learned so much and it really was the best thing i have ever experienced. It may sound cheesy, but you made a huge impact on my life and my parents think you may have shaped me and changed me in a way. Experiencing this was a dream of mine and you made it come true. You were such a postive person and I have never ever met someone like that. You are just an amazing person to be around, and for you to give the whole group an experience like that was just so sincere. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I know I will be back again and i miss you and the trip already. I saw marine life that was not in a marine park which was truly crazy! I made new friendships and it really truly made me decide that I will go along with my career choice I want to pursue. Marine biology is something I could talk about for hours. So thank you Lela, you truly helped me in so many ways that you may not even realize. I will be back as soon as I can!"

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