Winter 2018 • 15
14 • Vacations
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
NEW BORN SEA TURTLE LEAVING THE NEST
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
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.
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
SNORKELLING WITH WHALE SHARK