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Winter 2018 • 15

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Winter 2018

Detours

ZIP THROUGH THE CANYONS

If that’s not enough adventure for one trip,

look for tours that will have you flying over

the desert and through canyons by zip line.

Go at night for a perfect view of the stars

– while you’re dangling 300 feet above

the ground. Time your trip carefully; moon

zipping only happens during the full moon,

once a month.

Other popular daytrips include ATV off-

road adventures or camel-riding tours that

will show you the diversity of the Baja’s

desert and wetlands. When you’re ready to

set a different pace, try a luxury sailing trip

for a close-up view of the iconic Arch of

Cabo San Lucas.

SNORKELLING WITH WHALE SHARK

ZIP LINE ADVENTURES

ATV ADVENTURE

NEW BORN SEA TURTLE LEAVING THE NEST

MARLON FISHING

GIANT-SIZED ADVENTURES IN THE SEA

Adventure travellers flock to Los Cabos between March and October

for the opportunity to snorkel alongside 20,000-pound whale sharks

as they migrate along Mexico’s coast in search of food. And while it’s

a thrill to get close to this endangered species in their natural habitat,

rest assured, they are known to be gentle giants.

If you visit in October, stay for world-class fishing tournaments. Anchor

yourself at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel’s rooftop patio to watch the

boats race off at the start of the tournament, and then head into town

to see anglers hauling in mega-sized marlin and billfish.

Los Cabos Turtle Rescue

By Jennifer Billock

LOS CABOS - FISHING AT THE ARCH

FARM-TO-TABLE CUISINE

Los Cabos has an exciting food scene;

expect top chefs and exquisite cuisine.

Among the latest trend is farm-to-table

restaurants like Flora’s Farm, a 10-acre

organic farm serving seasonal dishes.

Here, you can also tour the farm or take

a cooking class.

SPOTLIGHT

Los Cabos is Calling All Adventurers

By Karen Leiva

Get your blood pumping in Los Cabos with action-packed adventures that include

everything from zip lining through canyons to swimming with whale sharks.

About 20 years ago, Playa Pozo Cota in Cabo San Lucas

teemed with thousands of sea turtle nests and tiny hatchlings

scuttling down the sand to warm water. But according to

conservation experts, that number is now cut in half in part

because of climate change and tourism development.

Luckily, resorts, government agencies, and non-profit groups

throughout Los Cabos are working to conserve and repopulate

the dwindling sea turtle numbers.

At the beginning of nesting season, which lasts roughly from

June to December, volunteers with various turtle programs go

out overnight to scour beaches for signs of turtle nests. Once

they find a nest, the eggs are relocated to a protected nursery

called a turtle camp. When ready to hatch, tourists line the

beach along a smoothed-out path to watch for what’s called

a “nest boil.”

The hatchlings chirp at each other while still in their eggs,

coordinating a time when they all emerge at once to begin

their short run on that path to the sea. At the right time, the

sand over the nest starts to sink as the turtles begin to claw

their way up and out of the nest.

Some hotels monitor the hatching, then help carry

the baby turtles in a bucket to the beach. Many

non-profits and tour companies are more hands-

on, allowing for individuals to ‘adopt’ a turtle and

personally carry it out to sea.

With these programs, approximately 90 per cent of

the critters have a successful run to the water – and

hopefully, with those numbers, Los Cabos beaches

will again become the thriving turtle habitats they

once were.

SNORKELLING WITH WHALE SHARK