Conference Venue

The Pacific Seabird Group is excited to host this year’s conference at Centro de Convenciones Las Californias, Hotel Araiza Palmira, just outside the city center of La Paz, Mexico. We’re especially pleased to work with the CICESE, COSCYT and the University to provide public talks for the local community and professional development and networking opportunities to students.

Centro de Convenciones Las Californias, Hotel Araiza Palmira
Boulevard Alberto Alvarado Aramburo S/N
Fracc. Lomas de Palmira
La Paz 23010 Mexico

Hotel & Travel Information

Please book your accomodation as soon as possible. February is high season for tourists in La Paz, and the hotels are booking up quickly.

Conference Hotel  *SOLD OUT* (31 Oct 2017)

The conference hotel is Hotel Perla - a traditional Spanish-style hotel located in the heart of historic La Paz, just steps away from the beach. PSG has reserved a block of rooms at the hotel, with reduced conference rates. Take advantage of these rates by booking early! Online and phone reservations are accepted. Note: PSG is not responsible for room selections assigned by the Hotel.


Hotel Perla, La Paz, Mexico

To make or modify a hotel reservation:

Call Hotel Perla at +52 612-122-0478 or +52 612-122-0821 or email Hotel personnel are ready to assist guests in Spanish and English. We highly recommend that you make reservations by Monday, 30 October 2017 to guarantee a room. All rooms are standard (MXN 988, approx. US$55 per night).

Other Hotels

Hotel Araiza Palmira. This is the location of the scientific program sessions, just outside the city center. To book, please call the hotel at any of the following numbers: +52 612 121 6200, +52 612 121 6262, +52 612 121 6264, and mention reservation code PSG 2018. Ground floor rooms are MXN 1,199 per night (approx. US$63), second floor rooms are MXN 949 per night (approx. US$50), third floor rooms are MXN 1,050 per night (approx. US$55). All rooms include buffet breakfast for two. Extra people (above 2) are MXN $199 (approx. US$11), no more than 4 people per room.

Seven Crowns Hotel – La Paz Malecón.  Two blocks from Hotel Perla, this hotel is close to the conference venue.  Click here to book online. Call the hotel, 1-800-276-9673 or local dial +52 612 128 7787.  Email reservations at: and mention reservation code PSG2018. Rates: Standard Suite MXN 1,280 (approx. US$66); Junior Suite MXN 1,650 (approx. US$86)

Seven Crowns Hotel – La Paz Centro.  Within walking distance from Hotel Perla, about 10 minutes.  Click here to book online. Call the hotel, 1-800-276-9673 or local dial +52 612 128 7787.  Email reservations at: and mention reservation code PSG2018. Rates: Standard Suite MXN 1,255 (approx. US$65); Junior Suite MXN 1,730 (approx. US$90).

Hotel Catedral.  Click here to book online.  Call the hotel:  +52 612-690-1000. 


Sharing Accommodations

Are you interested in sharing accommodations with another attendee? If so, please fill out this form. Once we've made a match, we'll let you know and then you and your roommate(s) can arrange accommodations. For questions or information, please contact the PSG Student Rep, Chris Tyson

Air Travel 

To La Paz International Airport (LAP):

La Paz's General Manuel Márquez De León International Airport (LAP) is 18 km (11 miles) northwest of the La Paz city center and conference hotel. Aeroméxico, Interjet, Volaris, and Viva Aerobus fly from Mexico City and other points within Mexico.

For those near San Diego, check out the new US (San Diego)-Mexico (Tijuana) bridge-connection to Tijuana's International Airport; the system is named Cross Border Xpress. You can park on the US side of the bridge and walk to Tijuana's airport using this covered passage. From there, you can fly directly to La Paz and save the land transportation from Los Cabos to La Paz. There is a daily direct flight TIJ-LAP with Volaris and also a number of days a week with Calafia Airlines (regional jet).

To Los Cabos International Airport (SJD):

Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) is 11 km (7 miles) north of San Jose del Cabo city center and 193 km from the conference hotel. Alaska Airlines has direct flights from Los Angeles, Santa Ana, San Diego, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and Sacramento. Delta has nonstop flights from Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and Seattle. American Airlines has nonstop flights from Los Angeles, Phoenix, Chicago, Dallas and Charlotte. Southwest Airlines has nonstop flights from Baltimore/Washington, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, San Jose, Sacramento, and Orange County/Santa Ana.  United Airlines has nonstop flights from Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Houston, New York, San Francisco and Washington. AirCanada has nonstop flight from Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto.

San Diego to Tijuana Airport (TIJ) via Cross Border Xpress to La Paz International Airport (LAP):

Use the enclosed pedestrian skywalk bridge, Cross Border Xpress, to access Tijuana Airport (Mexico) from San Diego (U.S.).  Park on the U.S. side ($18 USD/day). Daily direct flights from Tijuana Airport (TIJ) to La Paz International Airport (LAP) via Volaris, and multiple times per week, TIJ to LAP, via Calafia.

Ground Transportation & Parking

Parking at Hotel Perla is free, and valet parking is available. Click here for directions to the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur. Parking information for all the conference hotels is available at check-in.

Rental cars are available at La Paz International Airport, including Budget (phone: +52 612-124-6433 or 122-3107 in town), Avis (phone: +52 612-124-6312 or 122-2651 in town) or Hertz (phone: +52 612-124-6330, or 128-4865 in town).

Taxi service from La Paz International Airport to Malecon (400 pesos/$23 USD, 700 pesos/$39 USD for a van) is available from various companies at the arrivals area in the airport. It takes about 20 minutes to reach the hotel.

Shuttle service is provided by Ecobajatours and runs between La Paz and the San Jose del Cabo Airport and vice versa. The cost is 545 pesos/$31USD. The trip takes 3 hours. The shuttle departs from La Paz Malecon terminal (two blocks from Hotel La Perla) at 7:00AM and 9:00AM and departs from the San Jose Airport at 2:30PM and 5:00PM. Reserve tickets online or call 1-888-829-9925 in the U.S. or 01-800-026-8331 in Mexico.

Public Transit (from airport) is available but there are no direct trips from the airport. We recommend the use of shuttles or rental cars to travel to La Paz.

Public Transit (in the city): We recommend the use of buses and vans provided by the organizers to travel between the Hotel and the University. If transport is required to travel to nearby beaches, please arrange for a private shuttle at the hotel desk. You may also want to experience the local “transporte colectivo” but it can be complicated as there are no time schedules or maps. Click here for further reading.

Ride On-demand Services provided by companies such as Uber and Lyft are not available.

PSG Ride Share is set up for you to request a ride, or post that you can offer a ride!  Please use this link to coordinate ride sharing from La Paz International Airport to one of the conference hotels and/or for your return.


There are several bicycles available for use for those that made a reservation during the registration process. Please check at the registration desk for availability. Bicycles will be available in the morning beginning at 07:30 am and collected at Hotel Araiza. They will be available again in the afternoon and should be dropped off at the bicycle rental location. Helmets will not be provided.

map for bikers (002) 


Visitors to Mexico

Please ensure that you consult the Secretary of Foreign Relations website for information about visas for non-Mexican citizens entering Mexico for the conference. If you need a letter to obtain a visa, please contact the Local Chair as soon as possible, and include any specific requirements for the invitation letter.  For visitor and tourism information about Mexico include currency, language, customs, and other useful information, visit Mexico tourism website.

What do I bring?

Shorts, sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat! In February, the average temperature in La Paz ranges from 11 to 25 deg C (52 to 77 deg F), and sunny skies are expected! What's the weather like today in La Paz? Click here!