San Ignacio Lagoon Whale Conservation
Laguna San Ignacio in Baja California Sur, Mexico is one of the most pristine gray whale migration destinations on Earth. Two to three hundred whales congregate there every year to birth their young, rear them, and prepare them for the long journey north to Alaska. A thriving ecotourism business has blossomed in this remote location, where hundreds of tourists flock each spring to view and touch the curious young whales.
Laguna San Ignacio is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ramsar site (wetland of international importance), and is part of the Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve, one of Mexico’s largest protected areas. Green sea turtles, peregrine falcons, and hundreds of thousands of migratory waterfowl and shorebirds use the mangroves, wetlands, and beaches that cover hundreds of square miles of pristine territory. In fact, San Ignacio has 248 miles of coastline -- 198 miles of that is wetlands and mangroves.