Summary : Discover the pure wildness of Baja’s desert islands and the living sea, and then go further and delve into the Peninsula’s unique culture and art from ancient times to modern. You’ll find the dolphins, seabirds, and extraordinary marine life enchanting and the region’s history and culture rich and intriguing. And when you see Baja’s islands with rugged cliffs and white sand beaches reflected in an azure sea, you’ll understand immediately why UNESCO designated them a World Heritage Site. Search for migrating humpback whales on their way to the Sea of Cortez. Hike a desert arroyo to see ancient art, handprints hidden in a cave for millennia, and feel a connection to the ancients in this high, remote desert. Visit Todos Santos, a Pueblos Magico—a small Baja town with outsize charm.
This trip operates aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Snorkeling
Free Chronicle: Receive a free video chronicle of your trip, compliments of ExpeditionTrips!
$5,990 to $7,730
Embark National Geographic Sea Bird from downtown La Paz.
Explore two gems of the Sea of Cortez, the UNESCO World Heritage site islands Islas San Jose and San Francisco, with abundant opportunities to snorkel, kayak, beachcomb, or hike.
Let mother nature be your guide and explore further in the Sea of Cortez. Search for marine mammals, known to inhabit the region north of Isla San Jose.
Snorkeling with playful and curious sea lions—a highlight. Tuck into a shallow, emerald green anchorage at Ensenada Grande, where you can snorkel once more or hike the island’s beautiful arroyo.
Transit the narrow peninsula to Todos Santos, a charming town filled with art galleries. Stroll the town, meet the artisans, and dine locally. Return to La Paz and take an evening stroll along the malecon. Enjoy evening drinks while taking in a ballet folklorico.
Explore the island’s beautifully indented bays by expedition landing craft, kayaks, or snorkeling. Go beachcombing or opt for a hike along the rocky coast, keeping your eye out for brown pelicans, gulls, wandering tattlers, great blue herons, and blue-footed boobies.
Learn the inspiring story of Cabo Pulmo National Park conservation, and snorkel the reef among red fan corals and large schools of fish. Meet some of the people responsible for protecting Cabo Pulmo and learn how it has become a model for reefs around the world. Search for humpback whales before taking in sunset at Lands End.
Disembark this morning in San Jose del Cabo and transfer to the airport for flights home.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Reverse Itinerary: 1/7/2017
Certified Photo Instructor:
On all departures, a certified photo instructor will be at your side and at your service to inspire and assist you. Take advantage of talks, presentations, slideshows and “laptop gallery” sharing events. All skill and interest levels are welcome; the instructors can meet you wherever you are on your journey. All you need to participate is a camera— point-and-shoot, smartphone, DSLR, whatever—and a sense of adventure. And you’re sure to return home with amazing photos.
Accommodations aboard ship; meals and non-alcoholic beverages aboard ship; shore excursions; sightseeing and entrance fees; special access permits; transfers to and from group flights; use of kayaks and snorkeling equipment; taxes and service charges; services of your expedition staff. Subject to change without notice.
Air transportation; passport, visa, and immigration fees; baggage/accident/travel protection plan; personal items such as alcoholic beverages, email, laundry; gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion; fuel surcharge may apply.
PHOTOS: © Michael S. Nolan (Sea Lion, Sea Lions on Rock); Ralph Lee Hopkins (Zodiac, Whale Tails, Susnset Photographer); Stewar Cohen (Kayakers)