Luxury Camping on Isla Espiritu Santo National Park in the Sea of Cortez
The Back Story
We are a married couple, Sergio and Bryan Jáuregui, and our love story actually started on Isla Espiritu Santo at the site of Camp Cecil when Sergio was a kayaking guide and Bryan a guest. Since our wedding we have been running Los Colibris Casitas in Todos Santos, as well as our adventure travel business – Todos Santos Eco Adventures - so Camp Cecil is the result of our passion for Espiritu Santo, our love of adventure, and the attention to detail, service and quality that has been the hallmark of both our hotel and adventure businesses all these years. A trip combining a few days at Los Colibris and a few days at Camp Cecil is a great way to experience some of the best that Baja has to offer – one on the Pacific and the other in the Sea of Cortez. It’s a wonderful way to explore the beauty of Baja!
Espiritu Santo National Park in the Sea of Cortez is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is one of the best marine life viewing destinations in the world. Whales, dolphins, whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays and plenty of beautiful tropical fish call the surrounding waters home*, while a terrific range of bird species including Blue-footed Boobies, Reddish Egrets, Great Blue Herons and Yellow-footed Gulls frequent the island’s skies and shores. The island itself is stunning, with magnificent towering cliffs, spectacular sandy bays, amazing lava rock formations, and rock art left by the now-extinct Guaycura and Pericu Indians. There´s even an endemic ring-tailed cat, the babisuri. It’s a remarkable place to explore.
The Glamping: Camp Cecil
We have a base camp on one of the island´s most beautiful beaches that features beautifully decorated walk-in safari-style tents with real beds, lovely linens, bedside tables, lanterns, beach towels, storage space, rugs, chairs, and more. Espiritu Xantus Café is where our on-site chef makes wonderful meals for you every day – and daily happy hour of course - and there are two sun showers and two compost toilet cabañas.
You can spend each day doing exactly what pleases you - kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, swimming with sea lions, stand up paddle boarding, bird watching. Checking out cave art, hidden lagoons, deserted beaches. Reading, napping, swimming, chillin´. Sipping margaritas, gazing at stars. You will be accompanied by one of our bilingual guides so just tell him or her what you feel like doing that day and they´ll get it all organized. Our guides are all great interpretive naturalists, so not only are all the activities a total blast, but you have a font of information on everything from marine mammals, to local ecology to Mexican history and more at your disposal all day long. This is a great adventure for couples, groups of friends, and multigenerational families as there is really something for everybody, and those who like to enjoy their outdoors in comfort will be happy to stay as long as the rest of the group.
*The Sea of Cortez is home to 39% of the world´s total number of marine mammal species, a third of the world´s marine cetacean species, and 891 fish species