Laguna San Ignacio, Baja California

Jan 17, 2019 - National Geographic Venture


Laguna San Ignacio is situated inside a large bight of the west coast of Baja California, about 400 nautical miles south of the US-Mexico border. The temperate, shallow waters of the lagoon attract quite a variety of wildlife. California gray whales arrive near the end of January each year to calve their young. Other migratory wildlife including shorebirds, gulls, dophins, and sea birds all gather here, using the lagoon to stop and rest during migration, or instead spend the winter giving birth to their young. Today, our newest ship National Geographic Venture makes her first ever visit to Laguna San Ignacio while the gray whales are still arriving from their northern feeding grounds. To best view the wildlife up close, we were transported around the lagoon by local guides in traditional “pangas,” the local watercraft of choice. The abundant wildlife of the bay made for a remarkable day of exploration and adventure for our guests.

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Doug Gould

Expedition Leader

Travel and adventure were an integral part of Doug’s upbringing in a small town on the south shore of Long Island, New York. Growing up on the Great South Bay, his family claims Doug learned to sail before he learned to walk. Whether it was camping, sailing, birding, traveling across country or spending most of fifth grade living in Europe, Doug’s formative years left him with a love of wildlife, the outdoors, and a desire to keep moving. 

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