Laguna Ojo de Liebre – Visiting a Magical Lagoon

Most visitors come for the whales but Ojo de Liebre is a fantastic ecosystem to experience year-round. Guerrero Negro is the primary hub for reaching this area but there are also a few other entry points with one that is particularly attractive for camping. 

I’ve stopped in this area on several occasions and it’s a wonderful place to take a break from the road while enjoying great food and experiences in nature. I had a great time on the last trip just watching the birds and coyotes from camp. It’s a beautiful region where sand dunes and desert contrast with

Ojo de Liebre Whale Watching

Whale season lasts for a few months and most of the traffic occurs during the time period. January through March are prime viewing seasons with peak numbers generally occurring in late February through the month of March. You can jump on a whale tour from Guerrero Negro or utilize one of the more remote experiences as a DIY camp trip with a hired boat or a full service eco camp.

On my latest trip in late February, there were more than 300 whales in the lagoon and trips were generally booked a day in advance with a few options for on-site arrivals. If you camp in the lagoon area, you can essentially just walk up and ask for an opening. Although this is convenient, I found myself sidelined by large tour bus groups that had priority.

For those with some time and patience this is an excellent option. Just ask about availability when you arrive. The early morning tours have high priority because there is less wind. The whales are active all day however. I think going at high tide is also a good idea because fish are entering the  bay and that’s great for feeding and activity. 

Personally, I found it easier to work with a tour group in Guerrero Negro called Whale Magic Tours. They are bilingual, responsive and they communicate well. I’ve heard good things about Mario’s Tours as well. Do some research, call around and you will find a good tour operator. 

Laguna Ojo de Liebre Campground

Campsites without palapas are basic but they do have toilets.

The proper Ojo de Liebre campground is located outside of town about a half hour. You leave Guerrero Negro southbound and turn on a labeled dirt road that leads to a gate with a security guard. The area is a salt production area and the security guard will take your plates and allow entry. 

At this point, you follow the signs through a network of dirt roads for about 15 minutes to reach another gate. Pay 150 pesos per night for camping without a palapa or 250ish for camping with a palapa and find your space. The whale center is the only structure and it has a restaurant and ticket office. You can also walk around the waterfront and view the photos and whale skeleton on display.

While the lagoon camping is ideal and quiet, Guerrero Negro has some wonderful options as well. RVers and van campers will find several campgrounds with secure parking and some even offer hookups. Every campground is easily found on iOverlander and they all arrange for tours as well. 

It’s Time to Plan Your Visit! For the road-trippers out there, it’s easy to pass by Guerrero Negro without stopping. The town and lagoon aren’t visible from the highway. Take a turn off the main road and you won’t regret spending a little time at Laguna Ojo de Liebre.