It’s the sense of going somewhere. It’s the spiny ridge of the Giganta mountains that keep civilization at bay. It’s the richness of the sea, and the romance of islands on the horizon. The coastline between Loreto and La Paz has long been a paddling classic because of its dramatic scenery and remoteness.
This trip launches south of Loreto, and takes out at a fish camp north of La Paz on a genuine Baja dirt road. In between is freedom. Life as a band of sea gypsies. This is a self-supported trip for skilled kayakers, leaving you free to tackle technical landings on spectacular beaches that are inaccessible to groups with motorboats. You'll play in the wind and along rocky coastlines. Kayak sails are available to rent for the trip, complete with instruction.
SKBM offers variations of this route with different levels of challenge. In 2019 they have:
10-day Loreto – La Paz Builder
10-day Loreto – La Paz Expedition, including Isla San Jose
10-day Isla San Jose Builder, starting and ending at the usual end-point
SKBM offers individualized skill development along the way. All SKBM guides are certified UKCC/British Canoeing coaches and Sea Leaders.
SKBM features professional-quality equipment! Their kayaks are single, British-style kayaks with skegs, such as the NDK Explorer, Romany, and Pilgrim Expedition, plus P&H, and Tide Race. Seda doubles are available upon request. Werner Paddles 205-220cm. Don Beale Greenland paddles. Kokatat, MSR, Therm-a-Rest NeoAir. Seals, Snapdragon. SKBM is the only Nigel Dennis Expedition Centre in Mexico! This means they have excellent equipment and equally excellent safety standards.
SKBM trips are classified as “Primer”, “Builder”, or “Expedition”.
Loreto to La Paz trip is a “Builder” or “Expedition” because the exposure and remoteness of this route require skill and fitness to do it with a margin of safety, and to enjoy it. On a Builder you will paddle in 15kts of wind and 3-4 foot seas, hold a pace of 3 knots or more, and cover 8-14nm in a day, or occasionally up to 20 if the group is into it!
Expeditions expect even more, and a greater spirit of contributing to the welfare of the group.
The SKBM Loreto to La Paz Builder is my personal favorite. I have done this trip 3 times. Twice as the 10 day and once as the 12 day that includes the Isla San Jose. To start with the journey is beautiful...the Coastline is stunning. SKBM has your safety and enjoyment as top priority. NDK kayaks, Kokatat pfds, and Werner paddles are provided. The food is very good with fresh vegetables throughout the trip. If the guides get lucky you will even enjoy a "catch of the day" meal or two. The guides are all well trained and knowledgeable. They will assist you in learning new skills and improving on what you already have. SKBM has excellent communications and responds quickly to questions about trip planning and accommodation needs. I have done several other trips with SKBM and look forward to more adventures with them.