Ojo de Liebre

Ojo de Liebre, Baja California: Address, Phone Number, Ojo de Liebre Reviews: 5/5

Ojo de Liebre
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This calm, scenic bay is world-famous for the gray whales that can be spotted there every winter.
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alfiniof
Chandler, AZ11 contributions
More Whales and calves than in San Ignacio, better food, more fun!!!
Jan. 2018
We had a wonderful time chasing whales in the Ojo de Liebre Lagoon. We used Ecotours Gama, which you can find in Las Cazuelas restaurant at the entrance of the town of Guerrero Negro. The owner Heriberto,did our tour, which was almost personal, as we went there at barely the beginning of the season and there wasn't much people around, which was nice.
I said "chase", because this early in the season, the mother whales are very protective. Nevertheless, we saw many mothers and babies and some trios of whales as it is also the mating season.
Heriberto also took us on a different road on the way back, so that we could take a closer look to one of the biggest Salt extraction operations in the world. He stopped half way back and let us walk in ground that was cristalized with salt. Like being on ice!!! Unfortunately we didn't have an extra day to do the whole tour, but just from these small taste, I would say you should make time for it.
We also had the best fish tacos in Baja (well second best) at a food truck that resembles the shape of a whale, next to Malarrimo Hotel in a parking lot facing the principal street of Guerrero Negro. Our "Baja Whaling Trip" started in Tijuana and ended in Loreto, and we decided to start also,the "Baja Fish Taco competition". Every place we went, we would eat those tacos. Loreto won the Championship, but for a small margin.
One of the things why we chose Ecotours Gama, is because it is one of the few operations that have permission to access the North Side of the Lagoon, which saves traveling time and also because this is the furthermost and most protected place in the lagoon, where the mothers prefer to bear their calves. I have to mention it was also the most economic tour and we also like to look for the underdog operation, trying to make his dent in the world. And they deliver!!
Nearby, heading north on Highway 1, you can also find the Berrendo's Protected Area, where these sort of antelopes, almost extinct, are being brought back through an incredible amount of work and dedication. We were lucky to have arrived in the afternoon and that the Berrendo's were being fed close to the station.
We stayed at Hotel Los Caracoles, which we booked directly on their website, as it was cheaper. Good Hotel, even better their restaurant not only for the food but for the place which is also a souvenir store with some of the most exquisite and rare things I saw in all our trip to Baja.
Written 8 February 2018
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regpapa
Ensenada, Mexico2 contributions
whale watching experience, camping
Feb. 2011
Went with family (one kid, 8) and friends to camp inside the lagoon. Used the Benito Juarez tour guides which have several ocean front eco-palapas below which you can position your tent. This is great given the morning fog that usually happens there during winter whale season. It was also great since it rained one night and we were able to sleep dry. Note you have to carry your own food and water. Good idea to get firewood in town or along the road long before reaching the lagoon (it is desert, no wood available nearby!!). Tour operators run a small restaurant-museum on solar power, so during day hours it is possible to get cold drinks and food.

Wake up in the morning and you can get one of the small boats (lanchas) to get you to the whale watching experience. You will not regret it. The sole experience of touching a baby whale that approached our boat (boats can not approach them!) paid for the whole trip. You will see dozens of whales. If you like, you can repeat your experience the same day. Night time is gorgeous, milions of stars to stare at.

Best time to visit is late january to march, when mother wales nurse their playful babies. To get there: Driving from the north, pass the Y divertion towards Guerrero Negro and drive for 5-10 miles until you see the "Whale Watching" sign on your right hand side. Caution, If your first time try not to drive at night from there since there are too many offroad routes traced by the Salina factory. Stay at any of the hotels in town and proceed in the morning.

If camping is not your idea, stay at one of the many hotels in town and book a trip with any of the tour operators there. Note that the lagoon is huge, so operators will take you to their assigned area. You might like to try two operators to visit different areas inside the lagoon. I recommend Los Caracoles Hotel, the newest one in town (very clean, good service, with restaurantes nearby). At reception, they will manage for you a great experience. Another one, just yards away is malarrimo who run malarrimo tours. There is also Mario Tours and restaurante (oops, they do not provide accomodation except for RVs).

Whatever your plans are, whale watching inside the lagoon is a great experience neither you or your loved ones will forget.

Other places running eco-tours? Yes, You can drive two to three more hours to get to San Ignacio lagoon and reach the Kuyima place. You can also go inside Magdalena Bay north of Cabos. From California and AZ though, Guerrero Negro offers good accommodation, excellent fresh seafood and plenty of options for whale watching.
Written 3 January 2012
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